Warwick, RI — The Matty Fund for Epilepsy will again help to brighten the summer for children and families living with epilepsy with its popular Camp Matty therapeutic horseback riding program, August 1-4, at the Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center in Rehoboth, MA.
Last presented in April, Camp Matty, is a day camp that affords children with epilepsy the opportunity to learn to ride in a safe and accessible environment, with trained personnel supported by parents and volunteers. The Matty Fund is able to host Camp Matty through the sponsorship of the Chartway Federal Credit Union’s We Promise Foundation, as well as other donors.
Horseback riding is considered a uniquely beneficial form of therapy, with the physical benefits of muscle strengthening and improved coordination paralleled by the social and psychological benefits of the program. Additional camp activities are designed to foster a sense of teamwork and friendship among the children. Camp Matty also has a tremendous impact on the parents who accompany their children each day of the camp, as they connect with other caregivers who share similar life experiences.
“Camp Matty gives children a welcoming environment to inspire them to grow and learn without the boundaries imposed by epilepsy. They share this experience with their peers and family, and it strengthens those bonds to each other and The Matty Fund family,” Kate Spinella, Executive Director of The Matty Fund, said.
Information about registering for Camp Matty may be found online at www.mattyfund.org or by calling Christina Coffey at 401.921.4466, extension 10.
The Matty Fund for Epilepsy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is Rhode Island’s leading resource for epilepsy awareness and support. Founded by Richard and Debra Siravo in memory of their son Matthew, who passed away in 2003 following a prolonged seizure at the age of five, The Matty Fund is dedicated to providing resources, promoting patient safety, and improving the quality of life for children and families living with epilepsy.