Foundation grant will fund Hinsdale hospice overnight grief camp

A grant awarded by The Moyer Foundation will allow Adventist St. Thomas Hospice to offer a free overnight camp experience to children and teens grieving the death of someone close to them.

Camp Erin Chicago, in partnership with Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, will take place in October. Grief professionals and trained volunteers facilitate the weekend, which combines high-energy and traditional camp activities with grief support and education. The camp will be open to about 50 children and teens from ages 6 to 17 and held at Camp Dunkin in Ingleside.

The 10-year, $100,000 grant from The Moyer Foundation will allow the hospice to expand services it already provides grieving young people. Throughout the year, the hospice offers a Tommy’s Kids Support Group, and each summer, it runs Tommy’s Kids Summer Camp, a week-long day camp for children ages 5 to 12 who have experienced a loss.

Camp Erin Chicago is part of the largest national network of bereavement camps in the country and was established by The Moyer Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by World Series Champion pitcher and former Chicago Cub Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. The foundation partners with health care and bereavement organizations in local communities to help fund, develop and grow Camp Erin nationwide. Visit www.moyerfoundation.org.

Those interested in finding out more about bereavement programs offered by Adventist St. Thomas Hospice can contact Kochen at 630-856-6985. For information on supporting childhood bereavement camp programs at Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, visit hinsdalehospitalfoundation.org.

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