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The Other Side of Camp: Relief for Parents

Coach Pearl Swings toward a Million Dollar Goal

All parents want to protect their children and keep them safe, so it is particularly devastating to learn that your child has a chronic illness such as cancer, renal disease or spina bifida. Stress levels can spike when caring for an ill child. One recent study found that mothers and fathers experienced similar stressors when caring for an ill child, but mothers experienced higher stress levels, perhaps because they’re typically the child’s primary caregiver. The same study suggested lack of control may be the most stressful aspect of care giving — parents feel a loss of control when, for example, they are unable to help their child feel better, or are uncertain about the future prognoses.

Children’s Harbor Lake Martin is a shining beacon of hope for these families. Attending a camp is a chance to expand their supportive community as well as connect with other camp families who understand the issues they are facing. The opportunity to create a memorable experience for the entire family is priceless and most likely the only time during the year they can take a “vacation” because of the financial burden a chronic illness brings.

Many families feel that being at camp is the most relaxed they have been since their children became sick. They tell us frequently how much they appreciate being able to live with no one questioning them about their children’s condition.

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Golf Tournament Benefits Children’s Harbor

RhizoKids Conference Provides Medical Exams for Children with Rare Disorder

Country Living Staff Visits Family Center

Church of the Highlands Members Serve in the Treasures & Thrift Store

A Letter from a Mom

Coach Pearl Swings toward a Million Dollar Goal

The Other Side of Camp: Relief for Parents

Family Fun

Spectacular Magic Show

Pig Iron BBQ Challenge

Sweet Family Moments

Magic Moments Sporting Clay Shoot

Hastings-Curtin Dinner

Davenport-Dixon Golf Tournament

Cinderella Ballerina Ball: A Magical Fairytale Event

Children's Harbor Welcomes Families Dealing with Rare Form of Dwarfism

Mom Achieves Success with Children's Harbor Program

Family Center Becomes Family’s Fun Getaway During Hospital Stay

Friends of Children's Harbor Auction

Children's Harbor receives grant to support Family Center

Christmas dinner brightens holiday for patients and families

Light the Way Vent Camp

A Letter from a Dad

COA School Nurse Workshop Lecture

The Beginnings of Camp Hemo

Awesome Day at Barber Museum!

Thanks to Boaters!

A Glimpse into the Education, Career Dev. & Transition Program

Volunteer Appreciation

Sounds of Healing

A Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

Bruce Pearl "Fore the Kids" Donation

Program Highlight: Counseling Services

Smith Family

Children's Harbor and Camp Wired Together

Schuttinga Family

Volunteer Spotlight: Leah Dennis

Children's Harbor and Camp Conquest

Children's Harbor and Camp BRIDGES

Girls Night Out for Diabetes Patients

Jaquares’ Lego Story

Will’s Wish

Jesse’s First Job

Return visit brings bear hugs & confirmation

Remote car race gets Caleb walking

Now cancer free, Sydney's got a mission

Beanie Babies bring big smiles

After 13,500 toys, Bill's not slowing down

Graycen fell in love with the music

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