Camp Lionheart roars into its fifth year

July 29, 2021

HERSHEY, Pa. — Fifteen children ages 11-18 attended a one-of-a-kind camp in Lebanon County this week. All of them had something in common: they’re living with heart disease.

Camp Lionheart started six years ago out of discussions between Dr. Thomas Chin, a physician at Penn State Children’s Heart Group, and Ellie’s Heart Foundation. The four-day camp, which takes place at Camp Kirchenwald in Lebanon County, is free of cost thanks to support from Children’s Miracle Network.

Ellie’s Heart Foundation was created by the parents of Eleanor Lily Ayers, who lost her battle with heart disease on April 25, 2015. Each year, the campers and Ellie’s family honor her memory with a celebration of life, which includes a butterfly release. This marked Camp Lionheart’s fifth year.

Children attending this year’s camp participated in a range of activities such as swimming, mountain biking, boating, cookouts and a ropes course. They also took part in several educational sessions, including hands-only CPR training and arts and crafts.

View a gallery of photos from Camp Lionheart 2021.

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated July 29, 2021