Monday, August 03, 2009 - CECH Mascot "Starsky" Sends Children off to Camp Boggy Creek

20 children with sickle cell disease attended Camp Boggy Creek thanks to donations


Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital (CECH) recently sent 20 of its young patients who suffer from life-threatening sickle cell disease off to Camp Boggy Creek.


The children are attending the camp free of charge, including transportation thanks to generous donations from Local News 10 and Embrace Life Children’s Foundation.


“Every year we refer the children diagnosed with sickle cell disease to attend summer camp at Camp Boggy Creek,” said Bernadette Brunetti, LSCW, CECH pediatric hematology/oncology clinic.  “However, it is often difficult for them to attend since many of the families cannot provide transportation. In the past, only children whose parents could provide transportation were able to attend.”


After hearing about the need, Local News 10 took action and arranged for a motor coach bus to transport the children to and from the camp. As well, the Embrace Life Foundation donated $1000 towards the cost.


“This donation will make a dramatic difference in the lives of each of the affected child,” said Brunetti.


Camp Boggy Creek, a non-profit camp located in Eustis, FL, is designed to enrich the lives of children who have chronic or life threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. Children attend the camp free of charge. While at camp the children swim, fish, ride horses and participate in arts and crafts.


“They also learn independence and coping skills and return home better prepared to handle their illness,” Brunetti said.


Sickle cell disease is a chronic illness that results in anemia, episodes of pain and increased susceptibility to infections. Any complication can be life threatening.


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