Thursday, March 14, 2013

State of the Heart Hospice Receives National Grant for Camp BEARable

State of the Heart Hospice recently received a $1,500 grant from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation which is based in St. Louis, Missouri. This was the first national grant received by the nonprofit agency and will support State of the Heart’s annual Camp BEARable for grieving children. The camp is free and open to any child six to 15 who need grief support.

“We are proud to support State of the Heart Hospice whose mission positively impacts children in need, “stated Matt Oldani, Manager of Bear Foundations Build A Bear Workship. “We wish State of the Heart continued success with Camp BEARable as it helps young people cope.”

This year marks the thirteenth year for Camp BEARable which will be held July 12-14 at the Spiritual Center at Maria Stein. Last year, 64 youth attended the camp. State of the Heart is anticipating serving 75 young people this summer. Most of the youth attending have no association with hospice care.

Ryan Gathard, Fund Development Director for State of the Heart stated, “It is wonderful to have support from a national funding source which recognizes the value of Camp BEARable. We greatly appreciate the gift and the support for our program. The $1,500 grant will send five kids to camp.” State of the Heart estimates it costs $300 per child to attend camp.

With offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, State of the Heart serves patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. An important part of the care provided by the agency is grief support for both adults and children. Since Camp BEARable was initiated in 2000, nearly 500 young people have attended the camp.

Applications are currently being taken for Camp BEARable and are available on line. Visit the agency’s web site at for more information about camp and about the services provided by State of the Heart.

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