Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh sends children to camp at Flying Horse Farms
Flying Horse Farms hosted its first Hematology & Oncology residential camp from July 31 through August 6. This inaugural residential camp session includes 35 campers who are patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Since inception, Flying Horse Farms, which is located outside of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, has partnered with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and all eight Children’s Hospitals in Ohio. Physicians and medical professionals from partner hospitals provide camper recommendations, as well as medical staff who volunteer at the camp to provide necessary medical care needed for campers with serious illness.
“Giving children the opportunity to have fun, enjoy the outdoors and focus on being kids is a very important part of battling a serious illness like cancer” said Dr. Jake Cooper, an oncologist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and a member of the Medical Advisory Board for Flying Horse Farms. “We are thankful to have a camp like Flying Horse Farms for our patients to attend and interact with others with the same condition ‐ a place where every minute is focused on enjoyment, not illness.”
Flying Horse Farms is the first Midwest camp to join the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, the world’s largest family of camps for children with serious illnesses founded by actor Paul Newman.
“We are in the business of providing joy to those who need it most” says Cindy Lazarus, CEO. “We hope that our camp will become a second home and beloved destination for children and families across the Midwest. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is helping us make this dream a reality. We’re so grateful for their commitment to provide campers and volunteers.”
Flying Horse Farms’ inaugural camp season has included four spring family camp weekends, four residential camp weeks happening this summer, and four family camp weekends scheduled for the fall.
Flying Horse Farms provides magical, transformative camp experiences for children with serious illnesses. Located on 200 acres just outside of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, they host thousands of children and families each year—free of charge.