We have be truly blessed to have found this camp sponsored by children and arthritis. This our first time and with gods will it won't be our last. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts very informative and wonderful knowledgable staff and physicians. Thank you. Lillie luna
This is our third year and my daughter enjoys it every year. She wants to come back as a volunteer when she gets to old to attend as a camper! This event provides so much information, encouragement and support. We have great friends that we contact through social media and get to see each year. The kids pick up just like they never left each other and are so supportive of each other. The parents support each other. The staff provides rheumatology updates for parents, rheumatology panels, consults with volunteer doctors and family therapists. The whole atmosphere is just wonderful and we've become a very big extended family with one very specific need: a place our children can get support and encouragement and find friends who live with the same diseases they do.
I took my daughter to the Jambalaya Jubilee camp for the first time this year. At lunch time the second day, she was already making plans to attend next year's event! The doctors, family therapists, staff and volunteers all work together to make a very enjoyable retreat for children with arthritic and rheumatic conditions and their parents, siblings and extended families. They work really hard to maximize the experience on as little expense as possible, keeping the cost of attendance low. I really appreciate the vision and foresight of Dr. and Mrs. Tom Pressly in founding this charity and the outreach of the Jambalaya Jubilee retreat.
This is our first year to attend the Jambalaya Jubilee. My 9 year old daughter was diagnosed with Poly-JRA in July 2015. She found out about the camp last year when she was diagnosed. She counted down to camp this year. She was eager to spend time with other children that understood the pain she was experiencing. As a parent I looked forward to learning more about JRA and also meeting other parents that were experiencing the same issues; not just day-to-day issues, also the emotional issues from dealing with the diagnosis. The camp was everything we expected and more. We look forward to coming again next year to spend time with our new family.
Jambalaya Jubilee is an amazing weekend for families with children with arthritis! It's a time for the children to meet children who share their struggles. Parents get to share their experiences with other parents and gather an overwhelming amount of very helpful information. I thoroughly enjoy this camp and take home a lot of info every year. The staff is the greatest!
This is a gem of a nonprofit organization made up of many caring individuals who give so freely of their time to touch the lives of many families from the newly diagnosed to the "old-timers" who return because of the support and friendships we have made over the years.
We have been attending Children and Arthritis' Jambalaya Jubilee since my daughter's diagnosis ten years ago. She talks about the Jambalaya Jubilee all year and looks forward to seeing her friends at camp whom she sees only once a year. The weekend focuses on fun, but there is an understanding that they all share something in common and they are not alone.
As a parent, I appreciate knowing that there is a place where we, as a family, can go once a year to hear the latest updates on pediatric rheumatology, ask questions of a panel of pediatric rheumatologists, chat with other medical specialists, and be able to connect in-person with other parents dealing with similar struggles -- and spend quality time together as a family and with other families.
Treatments for juvenile arthritis can be overwhelming for many families so I appreciate how the cost to attend Jambalaya Jubilee weekend is kept incredibly affordable for all that we do during the weekend.
We will be forever grateful to the Presslys and everyone involved in organizing and running the wonderful Jambalaya Jubilee weekend, including George, Sheri, the pediatric rheumatologists, the family therapists, Cassie, medical specialists for "doc in the box," sponsors and the volunteers.
We enjoyed all our campers and terrific staff that donated their time to another great Jambalaya Jubilee!
Their summer camp for children with arthritis and rheumatic diseases and their families is great! Fun for the kids, education for the parents, and bonding for all.
All I can say is AMAZING !! The children that attend have a magical time. They make new friends, experience things they never have before. It's just wonderful !!!
We absolutely love Jambalaya Jubiliee!!! The expertise and support for parents coupled with the fun activities for the kids is the perfect combination! This is always the highlight of my kids' year!
This is a great nonprofit that makes such a difference in the lives of the children and families affected by rheumatic diseases.