Invitation to Cover

PHILADELPHIA — According to U.S. Census Reports, nearly 16,000 children in the Philadelphia area have suffered the loss of a parent. Research indicates that without proper support, these children are at much higher risk for depression, suicide, poverty and substance abuse.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's Penn Wissahickon Hospice partners with The Moyer Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 by World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, to facilitate Camp Erin Philadelphia. Camp Erin is for children and teens who have experienced the death of a relative or close friend.

Camp Erin teaches children healthy ways to cope with grief, and provides resources for them to utilize during and after camp. Bereavement experts and trained volunteers from Penn Wissahickon Hospice will help facilitate activities for children attending Camp Erin Philadelphia, which is free to all children grieving the death of someone close to them.

WHAT: Camp Erin Philadelphia, a weekend overnight camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one.
WHO: Elise Gaul, MS, LPC, CT, Director of Camp Erin Philadelphia and Penn Wissahickon Hospice Children's Bereavement Coordinator

Joan Doyle, RN, MSN, MBA, Executive Director of Penn Wissahickon Hospice

Karen Moyer - Co-Founder & Chairman of The Moyer Foundation

WHERE: Diamond Ridge Camps
1965 Deer Run Drive
Jamison, PA 18929

Saturday, May 14, 2011
3pm - 7:30pm

Media are welcome to film b-roll and interviews with campers and Camp Erin - Philadelphia staff. Activities at this time include music workshops, arts and crafts, writing workshops, and preparation for the evening's remembrance ceremony.

  • Interviews with Karen and other appropriate camp attendees are solely during this timeframe.
  • Media should call Andrea McLean at 484-744-9010 or 215-776-5807 when they arrive to check-in.
NOTE: Interview requests should be made in advance to Kim Menard


Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.