Hope for Kids Returns to NJ in May

Children and young adults who have or have had family members battling ALS (LouGehrig’s Disease), are invited, at no charge, to attend Camp HLC in May at Fairview Lake, YMCA.

Hope Loves Company (HLC) is a non-profit dedicated to supporting children and young adults who have family members living with ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is the only non-profit with this specific mission. Jodi O’Donnell-Ames, President and Founder of Hope Loves Company, and her team have hosted fifteen Camp HLCs across the nation.

Camp HLC will take place May 18 – 20, 2018 at Fairview Lake, YMCA in Stillwater Township, New Jersey. The camp program is free to 40 plus children and grandchildren of families affected by ALS in the tri-state area and beyond. It is a sleepover weekend retreat.

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.

Camp HLC offers fun experiences – including hikes, games, Zip line, and rock climbing. Counselors will also be available for children who want to seek support. Even more important, children attending will all have something in common and can build new friendships and feel less alone in their challenges.

According to a 10 year old New Jersey camper, Camp HLC “helps you get the hard times out and the good times in.”

May is ALS Awareness month and the perfect time to host Camp HLC. Learn how you can sponsor a child’s camp experience! For more information go HLC’s website. Register a child today at hopelovescompany.org, or reach the HLC office at (609)-730-1144.


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