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April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

In June 2003, we lost our little boy, Michael, to a brain tumor after a 9 month fight. Our hospice nurse was the first person to suggest Camp Sol to us. I was very nervous about attending camp, but I thought that it would be helpful for our daughter. I never knew just how much Camp Sol would help me too. We have been to Camp Sol 8 times now and each time we leave there we are in a better place than when we arrived. I love that get we get to spend time as a family not only healing, but having fun without the distractions of everyday life. I also love that our daughter is getting "help" without realizing it - she just thinks she is having fun. Getting to spend so much time with other families who have been through this same loss and "get it" is so helpful in knowing that you are not alone. We love Camp Sol and I can't imagine where we would be if it was not for them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how our daughter has gone through the grieving process. Each time we go we learn about what phase she is in and how a typical child of her age deals with death. I love knowing that the things she says or does is very normal.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish that Camp Sol was in other areas. I hear of other families who have lost a child and there is nothing like Camp Sol in their area.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Hospice nurse and Children's Medical Center of Dallas

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Since attending Camp Sol I now have the courage and feel the desire to reach out to other families and let them know they aren't alone.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 17, 2011

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April 17, 2011

In 2007, our 4th son was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 prior to deliver. After the delivery, we had to have hospice before we could leave the hospital. We had wonderful a hospice nurse and child life specialist that also voluntered with Camp Sol. My sister worked at Children's so she was familiar with others that voluntered with Camp Sol. After our son passed away after 14 amazing days, we were on our own to figure things out as to feeling "normal" again. As the holidays approached, we received information about Camp Sol's holiday gathering. We went and felt very reassured that our "normal" was okay. In March of 2008, our family went to our first Camp Sol camp. The experience was amazing. We have tried to go every year since and to the other events which my children refer as "fake Camp Sol" They refer the overnight as the real Camp Sol and are so excited when they see the envelope in the mail. Now, we have a legacy child that will have an opportunity to feel like he knew his brother, also.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2007-present.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like for it to become a national organization and reach more in other cities.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

My son passed away in 2006. My older children, husband and I attended Camp Sol's Spring Family Retreat in 2007. I initially went "for the kids". I am so glad I did! We all benefited individually, but the greatest thing was how it helped our family. The breakout sessions for the parents were helpful and comforting for my husband and I. The kids loved the music and play therapy and remembrance activities. The last thing we did was a remembrance ceremony, as a family. It was incredible and heartbreaking - but in a very constructive way. (I know that sounds strange, but when you've buried a child your life becomes a giant conundrum!)

We have returned every year, no question about it! My kids start asking to pack several weeks prior, not because it's necessary, but because they just can't wait!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have learned so much about grief in children through their retreats and events. I've had access to counselors, music therapists, play therapists and so many wonderful child-life volunteers. My family has been given a gift of TIME and PLACE to grieve and heal together.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it to other families and areas - I can't imagine how we would have fared without it!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

A child-life counselor at Children's Medical Center in Dallas gave us the information after our son passed away at the hospital.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

healing!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

Camp Sol is an organization dedicated to helping families that have experience the death of a child. Their mission is to "Heal the family heart". I am a 34 year old father of 4, 3 boys and 1 girl ranging from 2 years to 11 years. In 2006, our 3rd child pasted an away at the age of 3 months. It was SIDS and completely unexpected. While we were at Children's Medical Center we met a wonder child life counselor that suggested we contact Camp Sol. We did so and the following March, we went to our first Camp Sol retreat, scared and confused because we were struggling with our grief and how to help our 2 older children grieve. At Camp Sol, we met other people who were going through it and for the first time in months felt like we were not "Crazy", we were grieving normally. We were able to talk openly about our experience, our emotions, struggles and ideas for how to move forward, but the most important think was we were given hope that we would smile again, that life would still go on, and that it would be a bumpy road, but to hang on. This time with my family and the friends we have made has really help in the healing of my families "Heart".

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping my family smile again.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the program to other markets.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that my children (11 and 9 ) have now began comforting and sharing their greif journey with children that are experiencing it fresh. There is something about a hug and tears when they come from someone that really knows what your going through.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing, caring, loving, and compasionate men and women who have a love for the entire family. They serve every member of the family so the family can better support each other.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand it's services to a national level, the DFW Metroplex is lucky to have this organization, but not everyone has access to a great program like this.

Ways to make it better...

They served chicken nuggets at every meal for the kids (I have a very picky eater)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of resources. The activities are provided free of charge to th families in attendance to remove that barrier so all can come. Money is needed and the second is space capacity, the now offer 2 retreats because of max capacity issues.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you Camp Sol, you gave me and my family back Hope and without hope we have nothing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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