Camp Hope Loves Company opens in May for kids with family members battling ALS

A free camp for children and young adults who have or have had family members battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is happening from May 13-15 at Fairview Lake, YMCA in Stillwater Township, New Jersey.  

Camp Hope Loves Company (HLC) offers so many fun experiences – including hikes, games, zip lines, rock climbing, boating, fishing, a ropes course, archery, and much more. Even more important, children attending will all have something in common and can build new friendships and feel less alone in their challenges.

The camp program is free to 75 plus children and their families affected by ALS in the tri-state area and beyond. It is a sleepover weekend retreat. 

Hope Loves Company (HLC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting children and young adults who have family members living with ALS. It is the only nonprofit with this specific mission. HLC founder Jodi O’Donnell-Ames, HLC president Gary Bachrach, and their team have hosted close to 40 Camp HLCs across the nation since 2012. 

Founder Jodi O’Donnell-Ames has three children – now all young adults – who have lost a parent to ALS before turning 12, so she knew from personal experience how ALS affects a family, especially children. 

According to a previous New Jersey camper, Camp HLC “helps you get the hard times out and the good times in.”

May is also ALS Awareness month. To register for Camp HLC or to learn more about Hope Loves Company’s other free programs for families affected by ALS, visit, call 609-730-1144, or find us on social media. Facebook and Instagram: @hopelovescompany, Twitter: @hopelovesco.

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