Camp Jeremy gives kids with organ transplants summer camp experience

John McDevitt
July 17, 2018 - 5:39 pm
Camp Jeremy

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio

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BLUE BELL, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Every summer, the Gift of Life Donor Program invites children who are organ transplant recipients to participate in a weeklong summer camp in Montgomery County.  

For one week a year, Mermaid Country Day Camp in Blue Bell becomes Camp Jeremy for kids who received lifesaving organ transplants. 

There's all sorts of activities that the day campers can enjoy, like swimming, archery and arts and crafts. 

Many come back every year, like 12-year-old Noah Campbell of North Philadelphia, who had a liver transplant when he was 1 year old. 

"The camp is like a break," he said, "and it's helped me enjoy and embrace how I am."

Camp Jeremy is named in memory of a camp counselor, Jeremy Clemens, who received a heart transplant when he was 8. He died in 2008 at the age of 23.