Las Vegas – To help Southern Nevada youths experiencing grief from the death of someone close to them, Nathan Adelson Hospice has partnered with The Moyer Foundation for its Second Annual Camp Erin Las Vegas. Camp Erin, held annually at Potosi in Las Vegas, is a special three-day camp weekend for children between the ages of 6 and 17.
Held from June 12 – 14 this year, Camp Erin offers a free weekend-long experience filled with traditional, fun camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support, led by grief professionals and trained volunteers. The fun, familiar environment of camp is combined with planned activities that give children a chance to honor their loved ones, express their feelings, and make lasting friendships with peers who have had similar experiences.
Camp registration is now open. Space is limited, and campers are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Children from military families are invited and encouraged to apply. Preference is given to first-time Camp Erin attendees. Please contact Jennifer Mauceri at 702-733-0320 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to request an application. Applications can also be found on the Nathan Adelson Hospice website: www.nah.org.
“Bringing back Camp Erin will once again help many children and teens find a safe place to deal with their grief,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President and CEO Carole Fisher. “We are grateful to continue our partnership with The Moyer Foundation and will ensure this camping tradition continues to help the many children in our community as they deal with the death of someone close to them.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 1.5 million children lose a parent each year, and countless others experience the death of a relative, friend or someone else close to them. Children often feel isolated in their grief, but rarely receive formal counseling. Research indicates these children are at a much greater risk for depression, suicide, poverty and substance abuse.
Started by World Series Champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin program is specifically designed for children affected by the death of someone close to them. Since the first camp in 2002, Camp Erin has expanded to become the nation’s largest network of bereavement camps, with 46 locations that serve more than 2,800 children annually across the country.
About Nathan Adelson Hospice
Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in providing hospice care and palliative medicine for 36 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 300 patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care.
The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit www.nah.org.
About The Moyer Foundation
The Moyer Foundation is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide comfort, hope and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction. Founded in 2000 by World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, The Foundation created and supports two signature programs: Camp Erin® is the nation’s largest network of free bereavement camps for grieving children and teens ages 6 – 17; and Camp Mariposa® is a free, first-of-its-kind program for children ages 9-12 impacted by a family member’s addiction. For more information on The Moyer Foundation and its programs, please visit www.moyerfoundation.org.