Sup­ports the “Kids of Courage” Or­ga­ni­za­tion

The Jewish Voice - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Editor:

As a mem­ber of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity, I would like to bring ex­po­sure to Kids of Courage be­cause I feel this or­ga­ni­za­tion is essen­tial and so many peo­ple can ben­e­fit from their ser­vices. Kids of Courage is a Jew­ish in­no­va­tive vol­un­teer-based or­ga­ni­za­tion, ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the lives of chil­dren and young adults with se­ri­ous med­i­cal di­ag­noses. One of our many events that we spon­sor will take place in the Sum­mer. This up­com­ing Au­gust 8/3-8/10 we will be tak­ing 130 sick chil­dren and young adults with all their re­quired med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion, and life sup­port equip­ment they need to a med­i­cally su­per­vised camp that chil­dren with de­bil­i­tat­ing ill­nesses look for­ward to all year long.

Imag­ine for 8 days these chil­dren from all over the United States New York, New Jersey, Cal­i­for­nia, Colorado, Wash­ing­ton DC, Flor­ida, Geor­gia, Illi­nois, Mas­sachusetts, Mary­land, North Carolina, Texas, Ohio, Toronto, Penn­syl­va­nia, Que­bec, Rhode Is­land, Ten­nessee, Texas, Sao Paulo and in­ter­na­tion­ally from Brazil, Is­rael, and Lon­don will leave their hos­pi­tals from their sick room en­vi­ron­ments and be sur­rounded by fun filled ac­tiv­i­ties in Tyson Vir­ginia and leave the pres­sure of their ill­nesses be­hind. Our men­tal­ity is the sicker the chil­dren are the more likely they are to be ac­cepted to the camp be­cause we feel that chil­dren with se­ri­ous ill­nesses de­serve a chance to have an un­for­get­table sum­mer. This camp gives them an op­por­tu­nity to re­lax and re­cu­per­ate from the phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally ex­haust­ing life­styles they lead and gives them the needed strength for the rest of the year. This is the of­ten the high­light of the chil­dren's lives the en­tire year. By help­ing, Kids of Courage, not only chil­dren with life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses are ben­e­fit­ing but the par­ents as well.

When a child with se­ri­ous med­i­cal ill­nesses is in the pic­ture, it takes a toll on the en­tire fam­ily. This is where Kids of Courage steps in by of­fer­ing year-round sup­port through as­sist­ing with med­i­cal re­fer­rals, hos­pi­tal vis­its, toy drives, week­end re­treats, monthly events and the med­i­cally su­per­vised sum­mer ad­ven­ture trip. All ser­vices pro­vided are free to the chil­dren and fam­i­lies, we firmly be­lieve that these fam­i­lies have enough bur­dens in their lives with­out wor­ry­ing about the finances needed to par­tic­i­pate in our ac­tiv­i­ties. There are only a few weeks left to the sum­mer camp. If you would like to do­nate or for more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Kids of Courage

Sin­cerely Es­ther Co­hen Kids of Courage co­or­di­na­tor M.S.Ed

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