HOPE for KIDS returns to Florida in September

Submitted by Matt Vandenburgh on Tue, 08/07/2018 - 08:06

Non-profit supports the children and young adults who have family members affected by ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) with free weekend CAMP.

Pennington – 30, July, 2018 – Children and young adults who have or have had family members battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), are invited, at no charge, to attend Camp HLC in September at Circle F Dude Ranch in Lake Wales, Florida.

Hope Loves Company (HLC) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting children and young adults who have family members living with ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is the only non-profit with this specific mission. Jodi O’Donnell-Ames, President and Founder of Hope Loves Company, and her team have hosted seventeen Camp HLCs across the nation.

Camp HLC will take place September 14 – 16, 2018 at Circle F Dude Ranch in Lake Wales, Florida. The camp program is free to 40 plus children and grandchildren of families affected by ALS in the area and beyond. It is a sleepover weekend retreat.

Mrs. O’Donnell-Ames has three children – now all young adults – who have lost a parent to ALS before turning 12, so she knew from personal experience how ALS affects a family, especially children.

Camp HLC offers many fun experiences – including archery, fishing, and improvisational acting instruction. Even more important, children and young adults in attendance will all have something in common and can build new friendships and feel less alone in their challenges.

According to one ten year old camper, Camp HLC “helps you get the hard times out and the good times in.” A mother of four campers shared that it was “so wonderful to rub shoulders with such caring people and feel that warm, safe embrace of empathetic people” at Camp HLC Indiana, which took place in June.

For more information go to HLC’s website at www.hopelovescompany.org. To see Camp HLC as featured on The Today Show, visit the following link: 

https://www.today.com/video/hope-to-it-kids-learn-to-cope-with-parents-als-at-camp-696665667876

Camp HLC at Circle F Dude Ranch is sponsored by the ALS Association Florida Chapter, Advantage Insurance Agency, the Pamela Posen Memorial Fund, Homestead Carpets, the Carr Family, and Joe Robinson.

Reach the HLC office at (609)-730-1144 or visit the HLC website, www.hopelovescompany.org, for more information about upcoming camps.