According to U.S. Census Reports, more than 27,548 children in Orange County Area have suffered the loss of a parent. Research indicates that without proper support, these children face much higher risks for problems such as mental illness and substance abuse. Camp Erin teaches children healthy ways to cope with grief, and provides resources for children to use during and after camp.
The Moyer Foundation is also working with more than 100 Camp Erin Advocates - national experts, celebrities and professional athletes - to help raise awareness and funds for Camp Erin in their local communities. In addition to support from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, local advocates for Camp Erin Orange County include Todd Potter, a world renowned FMX freestyle motocross rider.
Todd started riding at age 5 and went pro at age 17. Since then, his career accomplishments have been notable including becoming the 2008 Gold medal winner of the X Games Best Whip for the US and Mexico and Gold medal winner of the X Games Best Trick for Brazil, as well as ESPN Moto X Championships Bronze for Best Trick.
"My oldest brother Quincy was killed when I was 12 years old and it was the most devastating thing I ever had to go through!" noted Potter. "I never really talked about it, just kind of held it inside. Then one my best friends, Jeremy Lusk, was killed riding a dirt bike in Costa Rica on February 9, 2009."
As part of the Metal Mulisha, Todd rode everyday with Jeremy Lusk. "We pushed each other all the time, and it broke my heart when I heard the news," continued Potter. "It opened the floodgates of emotions that I never dealt with as a child. Camp Erin will give kids the coping skills needed to deal with the loss of a family member or friend. I really wish Camp Erin was around when I was a kid."
Another program advocate for Camp Erin Orange County includes William G. Hoy, DMin, FT who provides
|SOURCE The Moyer Foundation; The Spencer Hospice Foundation|
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