(Full release:) Edison, NJ -- July 27, 2006
With more than 500,000 families facing pediatric cancer every day, Lainie's Angles today announced a $10K grant to Saint Basil Academy's Camp Agape to fund a week-long respite camp for families with children facing cancer.
Now in its second year, Camp Agape is the only camp of its kind in the tri-state area offering families an all-expense paid retreat from their daily stress. With a focus on nurturing the mental health and emotional needs of families facing pediatric cancer, Camp Agape hosts them on Saint Basil Academy's 260-acre campus in scenic Hudson Valley where they can participate in a variety of activities from nature walks to swimming to simply unwinding in the recreation center. A medical support staff is also on call to enable families to fully enjoy the experience worry-free.
Offered at no cost to its participants and at risk of becoming non-operational, Camp Agape was revived with funds from Lainie's Angels, the leading provider of peer support for parents of children living with cancer and blood disorders.
"Lainie's Angels is pleased to be able to fund Camp Agape this summer. After hearing that St. Basil's lost the funding for the camp, our board immediately and unanimously approved this grant, to make the camp a reality. The board also approved funding for two more years, based on a yearly review," said Stathi Afendoulis, CEO and Founder of Lainie's Angels. Funds will enable up to six families to partake in this summer's camp running July 30 - August 4, 2006.
Lainie's Angels is the leading provider of in-hospital support networks for parents of children living with cancer and blood disorders. Founded by parents who have faced this crisis and want to ease the experience for others, Lainie's Angels forges innovative partnerships with hospitals and other institutions to provide resources to parents; educate healthcare staff on the needs of parents with children living with cancer and blood disorders; and reduce the stress of families facing difficult decisions. Lainie's Angels works with healthcare staff and counselors to create a network of peer support for these families that will serve to educate, explain complex medical information, and offer ongoing guidance and support.