Thanks to the generous support of the We Promise Foundation and other donors, Matty Fund families welcomed spring vacation today at Camp Matty, a therapeutic horseback riding camp for children with epilepsy. Participants will enjoy horseback riding at Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Facility as well as other activities planned by The Matty Fund staff throughout the week.
“Camp Matty gives children with epilepsy the opportunity to socialize in an accepting environment, free of the stigma that is sometimes associated with the diagnosis. It is a wonderful program where children realize that they are not alone in their journey,” said Marisol Garcia, executive director of The Matty Fund.
Horseback riding is considered a uniquely beneficial form of therapy. The physical benefits of muscle strengthening and improved coordination are paralleled by the social and psychological benefits of the program. The children will also be amused by special guest, Pepper the Entertainer, who will do magic shows, face painting and balloon games. The activities are designed to foster a sense of teamwork and friendship among the children.
Camp Matty also has tremendous impact on the parents and caregivers who accompany their children each day of the camp. They appreciate their children having fun in a safe and accessible environment while being able to connect to other parents who share similar life experiences living with epilepsy.
This is the fourth year Chartway FCU’s We Promise Foundation has sponsored camp for children supported by The Matty Fund. In total, the foundation has donated $40,000 to send Rhode Island youth to camp.
We Promise Foundation Chairman John Blum said the credit union’s charitable arm is proud to support Camp Matty. “Our employees and supporters are extremely passionate about making a difference for children battling life-threatening illnesses or tremendous hardship. We’ve seen firsthand the ways this summer program gives young children with a chance to experience a sense of freedom and fun. That’s why,” said Blum, “We Promise is honored to partner with Camp Matty once again. Together, we are delivering joy and hope to children diagnosed with epilepsy.”
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