EMMC/Bangor YMCA partner on Camp Hope for children with cancer and blood disorders
BANGOR – Building relationships that will last a lifetime, learning new skills, and getting outside and being active are some of the biggest benefits of attending summer camp. Thanks to a partnership between EMMC and the Bangor YMCA, children who are currently being treated for cancer or blood disorders or have been treated for these conditions in the past have an opportunity to enjoy the traditional summer camp experience.
At Camp Hope, formerly known as Champ Camp/Camp Rainbow, children enjoy swimming, crafts, campfires, hiking and sporting activities in an environment that allow campers and their families to focus on having fun and not on a cancer diagnosis. Campers are encouraged to bring siblings, and all campers age 4 to 7 are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Healthcare professionals from EMMC are on hand at all times to meet the unique healthcare needs of campers.
Cost benefit analysis
We’re (finally) getting blinds to go in the kids room. We’ve needed them for the past four years, but this summer was the tipping point in dropping the $150 in getting shades for four windows in two rooms. The money wasn’t so much the issue. It was the notion that the odds are good that those blinds are going to be destroyed. (Oh, and for anyone worried about the kids, these are just plain old roller blinds, the kids will be perfectly safe tearing them out of the window frame, with no threat of strangulation.)
Ever since we set the clocks ahead and beautiful sunlight has saturated the countryside until 8 or 9 in the evening, bedtime has become something of a farce with the girls. They share a room, and when they can see each other, it pretty much means they will play or fight with each other. Until 9 p.m.
New tobacco-free policy at Health Affiliates Maine
AUBURN - on July 1, 2015, Health Affiliates Maine (HAM), a statewide substance abuse and mental health agency, will take an important step in supporting the health of its employees, clients, vendors and visitors by ensuring a clean air environment through the adoption of a tobacco-free campus policy.
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of death and disease in this country, with over 443,000 deaths per year, almost half of those from smokers with mental illness. The behavioral health population consumes 44 percent of all cigarettes consumed in the U.S. This population experiences high rates of chronic disease and on average dies 25 years prematurely.
UMF receives grant from Autism Society of Maine to fund scholarships for Autism Summer Camp counselors
FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Autism Society of Maine to help fund scholarships for undergraduate students interested in enrolling in UMF’s advanced psychology summer course and participating as camp counselors in its annual Autism Summer Camp program.
Individuals completing the four-credit course will receive a $500 scholarship to help defray the cost of the course and to recognize the valuable contribution undergraduate students make to the success of the camp.
New and different
The world keeps getting bigger and messier and more fun for our kids. Scarier too, but mostly more fun. Especially when it comes to bugs.
I loved bugs growing up. Snakes, frogs and reptiles too, but bugs were my thing. I was the weird girl in school who would watch ants dig and feed wayward mosquitoes to spiders. Nature on the whole is pretty fascinating – there are cable network channels dedicated to this stuff.
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