For hundreds of thousands of children living with serious illnesses and their families around the world, a serious illness can disrupt their childhood and add strain to families. But for those children living with rare diseases and their families, the experience can be even more challenging and isolating. That’s where camp comes in.
SeriousFun Children’s Network, founded by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, provides fun, life-changing camp experiences to children living with serious illnesses and their families throughout the world—totally free of charge. These medically safe, inclusive experiences allow campers to connect with peers and build confidence, empowering them to value the possibility and potential of their lives beyond camp—and beyond their illnesses.
In February of 2016, we committed $3 million over three years to SeriousFun Children’s Network. Our support will enable nearly 1,000 children, many with rare diseases, to attend SeriousFun’s transformative camps and programs free of charge. This is a look at our partnership in year two!
Our volunteers had this to say (and more) in the video above:
"What I experienced at camp was beyond my expectations."
"Every camper was made to feel that FUN was the most important goal (of the day)."
"The campers attitudes and strength were absolutely contagious."
Every year, PayPal hosts a four-week long coding camp across five campuses in the U.S. that is open to kids of PayPal employees, introducing them to coding in fun and creative ways. This year, with nearly 90 employee volunteers and 190 kid participants across San Jose, Omaha, Scottsdale, Austin and Timonium, it resulted in our most successful program yet.
In 2016, Shire announced its partnership with SeriousFun Children’s Network, a global community of 30 camps and programs around the world that provide transformative camp experiences to children living with serious illnesses and their families – totally free of charge.
New BJ’s in Kearny celebrates opening with $15,000 grant to Boys & Girls Club of Newark
WESTBOROUGH, Mass., July 7, 2016 /3BL Media/ – In honor of the BJ’s Wholesale Club opening soon in Kearny, the company today announced a $15,000 BJ’s Charitable Foundation grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Newark. The grant will enable the club to provide breakfast for 350 children attending six weeks of summer camp.
CITGO employees volunteer to help restore facilities for local special needs summer camp
Lemont, Ill., September 21, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Members of TeamCITGO, the employee volunteer team at the CITGO Lemont Refinery, helped Shady Oaks Camp in Homer Glen, Ill., prepare its grounds this summer for more than 60 special needs campers for the 2015 summer session. Shady Oaks Camp holds its beautification day annually to refurbish its 30-acre facility for both children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. This year, several volunteers from the Lemont Refinery participated in this day of service.
Broadened scope engages and inspires students at all levels
The Southwest Airlines NoLimits Internship program has evolved to Campus Reach. With growing demand to engage students at all levels, inspire them to pursue a future in aviation, and launch careers at Southwest following graduation from high school or college, Campus Reach will include high school, college, and MBA internships, as well as direct-hire opportunities.
Southwest’s Campus Reach Team is diving into exciting new territory by building a talent pipeline of Millennials from all over the country and internationally.
Attending summer camp is a rite-of-passage for many children. For children with diabetes, this carries even more significance when they can attend a camp specifically designed to foster disease management in a fun and safe environment. Diabetes camps offer a unique way to help children gain confidence to manage the disease on their own – sometimes for the first time. Jerry Mick, first heard about diabetes camps immediately following his son, Jack’s, diagnosis. After Jack attended camp, Jerry saw firsthand the tremendous impact it had on his son.