Hi, Camp Korey Community!
My name is Connie, and I am a nurse at Seattle Children’s. I was first introduced to Camp Korey in 2013. That year, children and the medical staff from the Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine program were invited to attend Camp Korey’s Fall Family Weekend. My favorite part of the weekend was the Parent Coffee Hour. This was a pivotal moment for me, when I realized the power of families sharing with each other their day-to day struggles, and realizing they were not alone in their challenges. More importantly, it gave the campers an opportunity to connect with others with similar conditions that are often not talked about. (Especially when it comes to the topic of bowel management, and soiling accidents!)
Since 2013, I have continued to volunteer in Fall Family Weekends, along with summer sessions having an RPM focus. At Camp Korey, I loved seeing the children outside the medical environment, experiencing horseback riding, archery, and Stage Night, for the VERY FIRST TIME!
Remembering that first Family weekend in 2013, we were inspired to facilitate a Support Group for Bowel Management at Seattle Children’s, which we have been doing for several years now. Last year, we invited Amanda, Camp Korey’s awesome Child Life Specialist, to partner with us by attending the Support groups with our team.
As you know, Camp Korey staff offered a virtual camp experience this summer. We also began Virtual Support groups in the RPM program. As we look to the future, I am hopeful we can continue our partnership with Amanda, and all the wonderful staff at Camp Korey!
I encourage you to think about giving your gift of time and support to Camp Korey this week and to participate in their December 5 Virtual Winter Silly Olympics and International Volunteer Day. You will get a behind-the-scenes opportunity to see some of the fun and silly times we create at Camp Korey! For International Volunteer Day, they have three specific fun projects that you can make with your family and friends that will help Camp and bring smiles to thousands of children’s faces.