Alpharetta, Ga. (Vocus) May 23, 2008
Horseback riding. Swimming. Putting on a talent show. Many children who attend summer camps take activities like these for granted. But for children with heart disease, they can be life-changing experiences.
That’s why there’s Camp Braveheart. Organized by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) and funded by donations, Camp Braveheart gives patients of Children’s Sibley Heart Center a chance to do things other kids do at summer camp, but without worries over medical procedures or fear of being different from their peers.
Campers stay busy with activities like horseback riding, arts and crafts, archery, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, tennis, mini-golf, and campfires. Medical professionals join Children’s staff and volunteers to ensure campers’ safety.
A record 155 children will attend Camp Braveheart during the week of Memorial Day this year, 35 of them through scholarships funded by LocumTenens.com (http://www.locumtenens.com)], a temporary-physician recruiting firm based in Alpharetta, Ga. "Campers’ families are not charged for these patients to attend Camp Braveheart, so we can only accommodate the number of children for whom scholarships are available,” Camp Director Cheryl Belair said. "LocumTenens.com's generous donations over the past four years have enabled us to keep expanding our attendance to reach 50 percent more campers in 2008 than the number attending in 2004.”
Held at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Ga., a facility designed for children with special needs, the five-day experience is designed for children with heart disease and heart transplant recipients ages 7 to 17.
Giving Meaning to Success
LocumTenens.com discovered Camp Braveheart while researching local healthcare causes the company might support in honor of its 10th corporate anniversary in 2005. The physician recruiting firm has donated close to $60,000 toward camp scholarships over the past four years.
“We’ve enjoyed much growth and success as a company, and we believe it’s important to give something back to the community and the industry in which we’ve thrived,” LocumTenens.com President David Roush said. “Once we learned about Camp Braveheart, it was a unanimous partnership decision.”
In addition to the company’s financial support, this will be the second year as a company-sponsored cabin counselor for LocumTenens.com Marketing Account Executive Nick Porzio, 49, who discovered his own heart disease “just in time” in early 2006. Several other LocumTenens.com staff members will be assisting with camp activities at different points throughout the week.
“You don’t have to be a pediatrician to know that children desperately want to be like other kids their age,” Roush said. “Camp Braveheart offers a week of ‘normal childhood’ to children who’ve experienced more health issues than most middle-aged adults.”
About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 15 satellite locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties, and has been consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Child magazine and U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit http://www.choa.org or call 404-250-KIDS for more information.
Founded in 1995, LocumTenens.com is a full-service physician recruiting firm specializing in filling anesthesiology jobs, cardiology jobs, psychiatry jobs, radiology jobs, surgery jobs and CRNA jobs for U.S. hospitals, medical groups and community health centers. LocumTenens.com is part of the Jackson Healthcare family of companies. To learn more, visit http://www.locumtenens.com/welcome.
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