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Camp Bluebird – 3-Day Retreat for Cancer Survivors

May 22, 2018 - May 24, 2018

Camp Bluebird is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. It is a three-day retreat for adult cancer survivors with a past or current diagnosis of cancer.

Sponsored by Mission Hospital’s Cancer Program and the AT&T Telephone Pioneers, Camp Bluebird is held each spring and fall. Named after the bluebird, which is considered a symbol of hope, this retreat is for anyone who is 18 years or older with a past or current diagnosis of cancer.

When: May 22-24, 2018

Where: Bonclarken Conference Center – Flat Rock, NC

Camp Bluebird is a safe place where you can share your hopes and fears with others who understand what you are going through, because they have actually walked in your shoes. At Camp Bluebird, you feel that you have been given permission to enjoy life again and not let cancer consume your every thought.

Mission Hospital has always encouraged their oncology nurses to serve as counselors at Camp Bluebird, along with nurses from private oncology offices. We also have social workers, physical therapists, chaplains and Telephone Pioneer counselors who volunteer at the camp. We offer a wide variety of activities, including arts and crafts, Pilates, educational opportunities, Healing Touch (Reiki), fishing and paddleboats, and a live band with a themed costume party.

This special program benefits survivors at any point in their cancer journey, whether they are newly diagnosed, going through treatment, in remission, dealing with a recurrence or in the final stages of their disease. Camp Bluebird has something to offer EVERY survivor at ANY time. Through conversations with other campers and advice from experienced counselors, our campers learn new coping skills that help to sustain them during times of worry and stress.

For more information, contact Leslie Verner, RN, Camp Director, at 828-213-4656 or leslie.verner@msj.org.


May 22, 2018
May 24, 2018
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