We are an organization that provides a medically supervised, residential summer camp for children ages 7-17 who are living with heart disease, as well as additional programs for these children and their families. Our camping program is free-of-charge, as the families affected by this disease already incur financial burdens from medical bills. The children served by Camp del Corazon are not eligible for the summer camping experience offered by other agencies of the American Camping Association due to the fact that they require medical supervision and care. Many of these children have had several open-heart surgeries, pacemakers, and/or heart transplants. Many face several more surgeries in their futures. Our camp offers an opportunity to finally be ‘normal,’ to forget their ailments and to connect with others who have had similar experiences. For most of these children, this is the only experience they have away from home, as they are often too sick to go away from their parents, who have to monitor their health on a 24-hour basis.
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