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SPONSORS: Omega Institute, United Breast Cancer Foundation, Ulster Savings Bank, your donations
Camp Lightheart for the children of breast cancer SURVIVORS
Next session will be held Monday 8/19 to Thursday 8/22. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY
A free sleep away camp for children from 8-14 who have a parent with breast cancer. There are few existing services for children and having a parent with breast cancer can be frightening. The campers are in a safe, nurturing and fun-loving environment. Through activities that are carefully organized by the highly skilled staff, the children are given opportunities to talk. Because all of the children have a common bond of a parent diagnosed with breast cancer, as with any support group, this lessens their feelings of isolation.
The first camp was held in 2007 at the Omega Institute campus in Rhinebeck, NY.
"Camp Lightheart 2012 was a huge success and exceeded our expectations" said Hope Nemiroff, Executive Director. "The campers and staff had a lot of fun and made new friends because of their common bond."
The campers are in a safe, nurturing and fun-loving environment with a fantastic staff. The staff consisted of Bob Hausman, MA, a psychotherapist with over 25 years experience as a children’s therapist; Shoshana Narva, CSW; and junior staff Gabriella St. George and Jesse Casamassima.
"Our task here has been to find the right balance between just having fun and providing relief for the kids", explained Bob Hausman. .
Through carefully organized activities, the children were given frequent opportunity to talk about their individual situations. Because they have the common bond of a parent with breast cancer, their feelings of isolation or of feeling different were lessened.
Nemiroff says that Breast Cancer Options is excited about holding the camp again next summer and hopes that they will be able to accomodate more campers and possibly hold 2 sessions.
It is our hope that each child will leave camp feeling less isolated, more supported and most importantly that their hearts will indeed be lightened.