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Heart Camp provides an opportunity for patients of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh with congenital and acquired heart disease to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Kon-O-Kwee Spencer YMCA. Heart disease affects approximately 1 percent of all children born in the United States, yet very few who have heart disease are aware of others with the same problems. As a result, many children with heart conditions feel isolated. Heart Camp helps children and adolescents with heart disease feel less isolated by introducing them to other children and adults like themselves. Children and adolescents with structural and congenital heart disease, and patients of Children’s Hospital, will receive first priority to attend camp.
Each year, more than 150 children ages 8–17 with heart conditions attend Heart Camp. Campers are encouraged to make new friends and share their experiences. Camp provides them with an opportunity to participate in sports and other camp activities to the best of their abilities without fear of being judged by others. Campers also have role models in their Heart Camp counselors and junior counselors. All of the counselors and junior counselors have heart conditions and were campers themselves at one time. They can speak from their past hospitalizations, tests, surgeries and illnesses; and are proof that children with heart disease can become normal functioning adults.
Heart Camp is test- and pain-free. As such, it provides an opportunity for the children to interact with their doctors and nurses in a non-medical setting. In this environment, campers learn to view the medical staff as friends, while the medical staff learns more about each child’s personality and limitations.
Dr. Bill Neches Heart Camp for Kids 2019 will be held the week before Father's Day starting on Sunday, June 9th and ending on Saturday, June 15, 2019.
The arrival time for camp will be Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 15, 2019 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and noon.
“Heart Camp is a place Rachel can just be a kid that is accepted and has endless fun. We actually work our summer schedule around Heart Camp.” - Debbie Marting
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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