Many kids with serious illnesses spend a lot of time being defined by their diagnosis, hearing no rather than yes, and always feeling like the kid that can’t join in the fun. Flying Horse Farms offers camp experiences to those kids a way to live without limitations for a bit. They can have fun as a kid at camp— swimming, fishing, doing crafts, and singing around the campfire. Attendees find a sense of belonging among other campers like them – and at the same time, gain the independence, resilience, and self-care skills to live more fully all year long.
The children who attend camp have illnesses including cancer, heart conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders and craniofacial anomalies. Flying Horse Farms has designed every detail of the camp experience to help our campers leave sickness behind while they’re here.
Flying Horse Farms boasts the support of eight Ohio children’s hospitals and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Campers receive first-rate care on-site health center, The WellNest, staffed 24/7 by medical professionals from children’s hospitals across Ohio and the Midwest.
It is part of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, founded by Paul Newman almost 30 years ago. Today, there are 30 camps and programs serving the needs of children and families around the world. They’re purposefully designed to foster independence, resilience and personal growth, helping children to see beyond the limits of their medical conditions and experience all that life has to offer.