| (Philadelphia, PA) – The University
of Pennsylvania Health System’s Wissahickon Hospice
announced a new partnership with The Moyer Foundation, established
by Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen,
to assist in the development of Camp Erin-Philadelphia. Camp
Erin, created and funded by The Moyer Foundation, is the largest
network of bereavement camps in the United States with eight
camps covering six different states. The Philadelphia camp will
be the first on the East Coast.
Every Camp Erin is facilitated through a partnership with a local
hospice or grief-services organization, like the Wissahickon Hospice.
“I am delighted that Penn’s Wissahickon Hospice is
partnering with the Moyer Foundation to establish the newest Camp
Erin,” said Joan Doyle, executive director
of Penn Home Care and Hospice Services. Wissahickon
Hospice has a strong history and commitment to helping grief-stricken
children in our communities. Camp Erin-Philadelphia will complement
our existing children’s bereavement program, allowing us to
reach more children in need of counseling and healing services.
We look forward to our first Camp Erin in the summer of 2007.”
“It’s the foundation’s goal to have Camp Erin’s
throughout the United States,” said Jamie Moyer, co-founder
and president of The Moyer Foundation. “Being able to give
back to the community is a dream come true. I have had the opportunity
to visit many of the camps to see first hand, how being around other
children going through similar situations impacts their lives.”
The Foundation will help raise funds for the new camp through special
events, corporate support and donations. The fundraising kicks off
for Camp Erin-Philadelphia on December 2nd in Seattle, Washington
with the Evening for Erin auction. The event features live and silent
auctions, as well as a featured item on Ebay the same day, which
will allow supporters outside Seattle to participate in the fundraising
Camp Erin is named for Erin Metcalf, a family friend of the Moyers
who lost her battle with cancer at age 17. Before passing, Erin
expressed her wishes to help other children. Erin’s wish came
true in 2001 when The Moyer Foundation established the first Camp
Erin in Snohomish, WA.
Moyer, born in Sellersville, Pa., lived in Souderton, Pa and attended
St. Joseph’s University. Jamie’s parents Jim and Joan,
still live in Souderton. Jamie’s wife Karen Phelps Moyer,
is the daughter of Digger Phelps, former coach at the University
of Pennsylvania and Notre Dame.
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dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical
research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists
of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in
1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of
Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News &
World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the
School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education
and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and
leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three
hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care
honors [Hospital of theUniversity of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania
Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical
Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network;
two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.