Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, Inc.
Rating: 4.98 stars 44 reviews
Issues: Health, Cancer, Sports
Location: 555 Long Wharf Dr New Haven CT 06511 USA
Results: We served 25,000 seriously ill children and their family members in 2013 and expect to increase that number to 30,000 in the coming years.
Target demographics: seriously ill children with cancer, sickle cell disease, HIV/AIDS, hemophilia and other blood disorders, metabolic disease and mitochondrial disease
Direct beneficiaries per year: 25,000 children and family members
Geographic areas served: northeastern United States and some groups from overseas
Programs: We offer year-round programs for seriously ill children and their families, including our signature summer camp program, weekend programs for campers, families, parents and caregivers.
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I am the parent of a first time camper this year. The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp is unbelievable ! It is very hard to put in words all taht camp has done and given my son. It was a place where he didn't feel out of place . A place where no one stared or pointed . It was a place he could be a kid and do all the things his disease takes from him on a daily basis ! Camp is magical ! They transform kids. If they are shy they leave being outgoing ! The staff is AMAZING ! They know how to ease a mom's fears . I have never let ANYONE manage his disease but camp made me feel comfortable. He made friends that will last a life time.
Camp makes each child feel special and that they can conquer the world. It gave them acceptance . A place where they could just be kids not sick kids. That is a priceless gift ! Camp is a a PRICELESS Gift not only to the children but to their families !
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Our son, who has sever Hemophilia A, has been going to camp one way or another for about 4yrs now. In my formative years, I worked at summer camp for a couple of years which has a great reputation. My first time @ Hole in The Wall, I was speechless. It really is a special place. The staff get you pumped up and happy to be there from the time you enter the gates. It's very well organized, there's so much to do, and you feel at home:) Between the sessions for campers, siblings or family's, the camps enviroment and staff make everyone who attends feel like a hundred bucks. The children & family's who attend, haven't been dealt the best hand in life. The HTWGC make them feel real, normal & together again. Our youngest son, who sometimes can be introverted and a hard shell to crack socially, is convinced Camp is the best place on earth.
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I've attended the family weekend and other events. All it takes is one visit and you know this place is the most wonderful in the world.
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