Camp Soaring Eagle welcomes seriously ill children

Camp Soaring Eagle, oncology camp, Arizona
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Traditional camp experiences are usually out of the question for children suffering from serious illnesses. That’s where Arizona-based Camp Soaring Eagle steps in, providing year-round, medically safe camping programs to children age 6-15 with serious illnesses — and their families.

Five camps are scheduled for this fall, and spaces are available.

“We work with hospitals and clinics to find [prospective] campers, but we would love to serve more kids who struggle with everyday illness,” says Anna Viviano, a camper recruiter for Camp Soaring Eagle.

Programs include, but are not limited to: Type 1 diabetes, respiratory diseases, cancer, collagen vascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, metabolic syndrome, mitochondrial disease, neuromuscular impairments, retinoblastoma and blood disorders.

Camps are held at a 26-acre facility in northern Arizona. Charitable donations cover all costs, including transportation, Viviano says.

Campers’ families must submit an application for illness-specific sessions based on the recommendation of their physician.

Fall camps include:

  • Sept. 9-11: Youth Diabetes Camper Weekend
  • Sept. 23-25: Teen Diabetes Camper Weekend
  • Oct. 7-9: Respiratory Camper Weekend
  • Oct. 21-23: Respiratory Camper Weekend
  • Nov. 11-13: Veterans’ Kids Camper Weekend

Camp Soaring Eagle welcomes contributions and volunteers. Find out how you can get involved.

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