ConnectMed hosted its “Vacation with Camp Cosmos” event on December 12 at Miracle Field in San Dieguito Park. This in-person event is open to all children with physical differences and their families and also celebrates the medical providers who have helped them. This is the first and only therapeutic and recreational day camp for this community of San Diego and surrounding areas.
Camp Cosmos allows young patients and their families to interact with many of their treatment team members in a relaxed and fun environment that contrasts well with the often intimidating clinical setting. Campers were greeted by special guests Santa Claus and Kyle Holder of the New York Yankees. Holder was the 30th pick in the 2015 New York Yankees Draft. He is a native of San Diego and a former University of San Diego. Holder is an all-star infielder with a long tradition of giving back to local youth sports.
Activities and discussions focus on building self-esteem, confidence and community. They all took part in kickball, “snowball” and craft games, as well as a theater workshop. Families received activity kits, San Diego Sockers loot, pizza, cookies and refreshments.
ConnectMed guarantees ongoing full recovery care for children with physical differences as a result of birth defects or trauma. This often means care and services for multiple surgeries and treatments, speech, orthodontics and mental health. The organization also provides training and resources to local community health teams in several countries, including the United States, Mexico, Malawi, Vietnam and Guatemala. Global medical and psychosocial awareness and monitoring programs are part of comprehensive care services.
ConnectMed also offers a virtual day of activities for those who live across the country or who cannot attend the event in person. Nearly 50 families registered and received their activity kits and gifts by mail. They were treated to a presentation by activist, author and podcaster Rasheera Dopson who talks about life with physical differences, disabilities and chronic illnesses due to two rare diseases she was born with, Goldenhar Syndromes and Vatar. (beautywithatwist.org).
Camp Cosmos is all about inclusiveness and provides positive social experiences for ConnectMed children and families. Partners for the event include the Plastic Surgery Division at UCSD Medical School, Rady’s Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic, La Jolla Vacation Rentals, Donegan Burns Foundation, KLS Martin Group, Dough Momma Pizzeria and the San Diego Sockers.
December is the month to help secure these types of programs for 2022. Help fund important programs like Camp Cosmos and Medical Awareness by visiting connectmed.org.