Camp INSPIRE Prepares 4th Summer of Fun for Kids with Complex Medical Conditions

July 12, 2016

Camp INSPIRE, a collaborative effort between Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and The Woodlands Foundation, will hold its fourth annual summer program for children and teens with complex medical conditions who have tracheostomies or who use ventilators and BiPAP machines. The overnight camp will be held Sunday, July 17 to Friday, July 22 at The Woodlands in Wexford, Pennsylvania.

Camp INSPIRE brings together campers ages 6 to 21 to enjoy a variety of activities, including adaptive golf, basketball, tennis, archery, swimming, tennis, arts and crafts, and a zip line.

New to this year’s camp will be hot air balloon rides, which are scheduled for 8 a.m., Tuesday, July 19. The popular talent show will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20.

Nine-year-old Joseph Mollica will attend Camp INSPIRE for the second time. His mother, Lynn, explained the happiness it brings to him and his family:

“As a mom, it was very scary to allow him to go, but the joy on his face when he gets home and tells me about all the fun he had makes it all worth it. He has talked almost nonstop about going back to camp since the day he got home last year and enjoys being able to be around other kids like him and not be different from everyone else. He rarely gets to socialize with kids his age other than in school, and it is wonderful for him to have the opportunity to just hang out and have fun with other kids.”

“Camp INSPIRE provides children with complex medical needs the opportunity to participate in fun activities, interact with their doctors and nurses, and to be introduced to other kids who share similar medical issues,” said Jason Edinger, D.O., outpatient clinical director, Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s. “Year after year, we have seen the difference this experience has made in the lives of our campers at home, at school and in our health care system.”

Camp staff includes nurses and respiratory therapists from Children’s, as well as summer program staff from the Woodlands.

The Woodlands is dedicated to serving children and adults with disability and chronic illness and strengthening and supporting individuals and groups in socialization, recreation, environment, culture and spirituality. Specialty camps are held year-round at the fully accessible campus, ideally designed for campers with special needs.


For more information on Camp INSPIRE, please visit

Media interested in covering the camp during the week should contact Andrea Kunicky at 412-692-6254 or