Sister Pat's Cancer Camp
July 30th to August 5, 2017
Sister Pat's Kids Camp is a non-profit organization that provides a week long camping program for children afflicted with cancer and other related blood disorders. It was founded in 1985 by Leo Forrest in honor of Sister Patricia Daly's dedication to children and continues today in memory of both Leo and Sr. Pat. It is sponsored by the Parish Community of St. Helen.
The camp is open to children between the ages of six and fourteen, of all races and religious affiliations, and is completely free to all campers.
Sister Pat's takes place at The Mid-Hudson Valley Camp in Esopus, New York. It is located 90 miles north of New York City and is ideally situated on the west bank of the Hudson River. The camp has full access to the 200 acres of land and many facilities of the Marist Brothers Retreat Center.
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For one week each summer, about 60 campers join us in Esopus, New York. These children are recommended by the Division of Pediatric Oncology and the Division of Hematology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian, Columbia University Medical Center.
About 90 staff are on site throughout the week of camp. These teenagers and adults volunteer their time and energy to make Sister Pat's Camp a success. Staff come to us through several different avenues, including the parish of Saint Helen's, Columbia University Medical Center, friends or family of volunteers as well as former patients who may return as camp counselors.