We invite you and your families to run, walk, hop, skip or jump your way through the Philadelphia Zoo on Sunday, April 23, 2017 to help raise awareness about children’s grief and the support they need to carry on in a healthy way.
*Online pre-registration will close on Friday 4/21 at 11:59 p.m. Sign up before then to lock in the $42 registration rate - Price increases on April 22 to $50.
Run or walk this mostly flat USATF Certified course through the Nation's Oldest Zoo. Just as in the years past, this event will be chip timed and starts/finishes near the front of the Philadelphia Zoo. Walkers will begin after runners to ensure a smooth start. 5K COURSE MAP
Complimentary pre & post yoga stretch, face painting, refreshments, DJ and more! Medals to top-finishers and age group winners. More details to come soon.
THANK YOU to our 2016 sponsors, runners, walkers and volunteers that made the 2nd Annual 5k such a huge success! We were able to almost double our participants from 300 to 500; raising over $15,000.00. As a critical source of funding for Camp Erin Philadelphia, the Care to Carry on 5k provided support for 30 of the 100 campers who attended in 2016! At a cost of approximately $500 per camper, we hope to grow donations and participation in 2017 to increase the number of children who benefit from the program.
For anyone who has lost someone near and dear to his or her heart, as we have with Caroline, you understand the grief that overwhelms you in the days, months and years that follow. Children, unlike adults, do not have the experience and knowledge to understand what they are feeling or the ability to cope with grief head on. They need the support of caring adults and professionals to help them cope in a healthy way that may prevent potential negative outcomes.
Camp Erin Philadelphia is a weekend overnight camp for children and teens in the Greater Philadelphia Region, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. This camp combines traditional, fun, high-energy camp activities with the grief education and support that kids and teens need to carry on after a loss, in a healthy way.
Out of the many children in the greater Philadephia area who are greiving the loss of a loved one, Camp Erin Philadelphia provides 100 campers each year with an opportunity to know that they are not alone in their grief. The camp is free for all children to attend and proceeds will help fund:
Funding will also allow campers to:
For more information on children's bereavement sevices offered in the local Philadelphia area, please visit the David Bradley Children's Bereavement Program web site, part of Penn Wissahickon Hospice.
Quotes from the campers of the 2016 Philadelphia camp.
“I used to think I didn’t belong, but after Camp Erin I feel important and I do belong, no matter who or what I am, I’m loved.” 11 year old girl
“Camp Erin was an emotional roller-coaster. I went from feeling sad to being glad in five minutes. Most important, at Camp Erin I learned I did not have to hold back my emotions, listening to other peoples’ stories can and does help, and communication is key. Before camp, the only person I talked to was my sister. Now I feel like anyone can help.” 15 year old boy
“Camp Erin Helped me because I learned I’m not alone and others are grieving too.” 9 year old boy
“They let me express my feelings and tell me that I can cry” 8 year old girl
Camp Erin®, created by The Moyer Foundation, is the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for grieving children and teens ages 6-17. In partnership with The Moyer Foundation, the Penn Wissahickon Hospice is this regions local bereavement agency that facilitates the Philadelphia camp. At Camp Erin®-Philadelphia, each camper has the opportunity to remember their loved one, develop grief skills and enjoy a positive camp experience. The camp is staffed by licensed social workers/counselors and trained community volunteers.
Camp Erin is named in memory of Erin Metcalf of Woodinville, Washington, who developed liver cancer at the age of 15. Karen and Jamie Moyer met Erin through Make-A-Wish. Erin had a compassionate heart and when she was hospitalized she often expressed concern for the other children there as well as their siblings, who sometimes received little attention.
In 2000, when Erin died at the age of 17, Jamie and Karen Moyer wished to honor Erin's memory and her caring spirit. Acknowledging her love of children and her desire to help others, the Moyers felt that a grief camp for children would be an appropriate tribute. The first Camp Erin was established in Everett, Washington in 2002 helping 42 grieving children. There are now nearly 45 camp locations nationwide.
Inspired by Caroline Gallagher Cranston who lost her fight to AML Leukemia after 21 months, the Care for the Cure Foundation was founded to raise awareness and funds for blood cancer treatment. The Foundation has since expanded to support like-minded organizations. We understand that life-taking diseases like Leukemia not only affects the person battling it, but every other person in their life that cares about them as well. Both Erin and Caroline's compassion and concern for others who they left behind are why we Care to Carry on.