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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Cancer, Health, Patient & Family Support, Sports

Mission: Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a community dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families through a variety of year-round programs. The Camp delivers fun, friendship and a healthy dose of mischief through its signature summer program and weekend sessions at the Camp facility in Ashford, Conn. as well as outreach to hospitals, clinics and communities across the Northeast. All services are free of charge.

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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mother, grandkids called her Mugga, was the center of our universe and taught all of us the value of family. She suffered with bone cancer for the last 2 years of her life and did it with such grace. She reminded me of my promise to run the NYC Marathon and I agreed. Did not get in the lottery but found The Hole in the Wall Gang. Paul Newman was Mugga's favorite and this charity does amazing work for children. I will forever support this wonderful organization. The team is phenomenal and truly committed to the children they have at the camp and visit throughout the year in the hospital.

Review from #MyGivingStory

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 !

Aaron M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.