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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Heart Camp Creates Fun Summer Memories for Children with Heart Disease

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s upcoming Heart Camp 2003 gives children with heart disease the opportunity to enjoy a summer camp experience without worrying about standing out because of scars or the need for medications.

Heart Camp, established in 1991 by Children’s Hospital for kids with heart disease, will be held from June 10 - 14, 2003, at Camp Kon-O-Kwee in Fombell, Pa. Campers will have opportunities to interact with other children and counselors who share similar experiences with heart disease.

The camp has hosted more than 1,500 children over the last 12 years. About 140 campers ages 8 - 18 from across the United States are expected to attend this year.

“Heart Camp is a wonderful chance for kids to do something fun in a setting where they don’t feel singled out because of a medical condition,” said Gerard Boyle, MD, a cardiologist at Children’s and medical director of Heart Camp. “Children are able to talk about their disease with peers and hear about the experiences of older campers who teach them that there is life after heart disease.”

Camp Kon-O-Kwee spans 500 wooded acres and includes a swimming pool, lake and numerous trails. Activities at Heart Camp include paddle-boating, fishing, campfires, a carnival, sports, arts and crafts, Camp Olympics and a “Trail of Courage” obstacle course. All activities will be supervised by physicians, nurses, and other members of Children’s Hospital staff, in addition to the camp director, Keith McIntire, a volunteer who is the oldest surviving heart disease patient still treated at Children’s.

Heart Camp is a program of the Heart Center at Children’s. The Heart Center cares for infants, children and young adults with all types of heart disease and for adults with congenital heart disease including many who have undergone heart transplants. The Heart Center provides services such as ECG, exercise physiology assessments, echocardiography, fetal cardiology assessments and cardiac catheterization along with interventional and electrophysiological catheterization procedures.

Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016,
Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-5016,

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February 20, 2008
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February 20, 2008