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Camp Coho registration open for children who have experienced loss of loved one from cancer

April 9, 2018




Registration is now open for Camp Coho, a day camp for Alaska Native children ages 6-12 from across the state, who have experienced the death of a loved one from cancer within the past two years.

The one-day camp will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Advance registration is required to attend camp and is open now through close of business Tuesday, May 15.

“Camp Coho provides a safe, supportive environment for grieving children to meet other kids just like them, who may be having a hard time coping with the death of their mom or dad, grandma or grandpa, auntie or uncle, or other family member,” said Karen Morgan, Program Coordinator with the ANTHC Cancer Program.

The camp is led by experienced staff and children are paired up with a “Big Buddy” who helps them with camp activities. The camp allows children attending to meet others experiencing a similar loss. The two main camp activities, a healing circle and art project, allow the children to share and better understand their feelings of loss and grief.

“It’s always amazing to see how the children interact with the other children and their Big Buddy,” said Morgan. “Some children are really outgoing, and others are a little shy; but by the end of the day each child is participating in his or her own way. My favorite part of the camp is when the children share stories about the memory box they created — it gives them time to share and honor their favorite memories and experiences they had with their loved one. It’s pretty special.”

There is no cost for families to attend Camp Coho. Airfare, lodging, transportation (limited) and meals are covered for children attending camp and one parent/guardian escort. The camp is funded by the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation and the ANTHC Cancer Program.

Interested families can request a camper application for their child or children by contacting Karen Morgan at (907) 729-4491 or emailing cancer@anthc.org.

For more information about the ANTHC Cancer Program, visit: https://anthc.org/cancer-program/.


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