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Flying Horse Farms and PBTF Partner for Neuro-Oncology Family Camp

09/05/17

At Flying Horse Farms, being sick takes a backseat to being a kid.

Situated on 200 wooded acres just outside Mt. Gilead, Ohio, this year-round camp for children with serious illnesses offers medically safe and cost-free camping experiences to approximately 900 children and families each year.

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation has partnered with them to help launch Flying Horse Farms’ first-ever diagnosis-specific family camp - a camp for children with neuro-oncology diagnoses and their families.

This special camp will take place September 15-17 and is available at no cost to Stars ages 7-15 and immediate family members.

In addition to classic camp activities like archery, boating, a ropes course, and arts and crafts, this camp will feature breakout sessions for teen patients and survivors, teen siblings, younger patients and survivors, younger siblings, and parents.

"The PBTF is thrilled to partner with Flying Horse Farms to bring a brain tumor family camp to families in the Midwest,” says Kathy Riley, the PBTF’s national director of family support.

“Through Flying Horse Farm's expertise in leading recreational activities and PBTF's expertise in conducting small group breakout sessions, this program will relieve family stress, foster a sense of community among patients, siblings, and parents, and equip families with the necessary tools to manage the care of their children during treatment and all that follows."

Every camp experience is designed with campers’ unique physical, social, and psychological needs in mind. Flying Horse Farms’ staff is equipped for anything - from helping children in wheelchairs participate in the high ropes course, to providing a zero-entry, heated pool and warming shed for those sensitive to temperature changes. Expert 24-hour medical care is also available.

"We don’t take no for an answer when it comes to our campers,” shares Ryan Brownfield, chief program officer at Flying Horse Farms. “Our camp team is relentless in its approach to creating programs that every single camper can participate in fully and achieve completely. Doing it in a way that allows campers to reach beyond their illness while never highlighting their disabilities is the only acceptable answer for our team. This is the power of camp. It changes how campers perceive their sense of self. They stop seeing limitations and start seeing possibility.”

As we shared at the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, it’s going to take teamwork to equip, educate, and empower families through their journey. We look forward to reaching families in more meaningful ways through partnerships like this.

Learn more about Flying Horse Farms’ camp by reading their Q&A. To apply and attend, contact Olivia Miller at Olivia@flyinghorsefarms.org or 419-751-7077.