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Camp INSPIRE is an overnight camp specially designed for children and teens with tracheostomies, ventilators, and BiPAP machines who have complex medical conditions. Campers will enjoy a variety of activities from sports, to creative arts, to nature and music expression, while building relationships in a nurturing, medically-supervised environment. It is a collaborative effort between UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and The Woodlands Foundation.
The first ever Camp INSPIRE was held July 21-26, 2013. Thirteen campers from across Pennsylvania attended the week-long overnight program. Children’s Hospital provided over 30 medical volunteers. Campers participated in a variety of activities including wheelchair rugby, swimming, adaptive tennis, adaptive golf, archery, and arts and crafts. Wednesday night featured a talent show to showcase our campers’ amazing talents! Thursday night featured a dance with a Hawaiian luau theme.
Camp INSPIRE is open to all children and teens from ages 6 to 18 who use a tracheostomy, ventilator, BiPAP machine, or other respiratory support device, such as a negative pressure ventilator or diaphragmatic pacer. They should also have cognitive abilities and be able to communicate in some form such as voice, speaking valve, sign language, or computer aided device.
There is no cost for campers or families. Camp INSPIRE is fully funded through donations.
Campers for Camp INSPIRE may sign-up at any time by contacting UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh clinical social worker Elizabeth Rollog by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about volunteering at Camp INSPIRE or to make a donation, please contact Kurt Riek, RRT, of Children’s Transport Team, by email at email@example.com.
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
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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