Since its inception more than 100 years ago, Tanager Place has prided itself on the unique way it impacts the children of Cedar Rapids and the surrounding communities. As the needs of the community have grown and changed over that time, the organization has adapted to remain at the forefront of service offering prevention, treatment and research and education programming to children and their families.
But the efforts to meet the needs of our community rich with collaboration continue to serve unique populations of kids.
One example of that kicks off in late June: Camp Tanager’s Hemophilia Camp. Started in 1986, this camp is the only camp in the entire Midwest that specializes in serving children living with hemophilia. Camp is made possible through partnerships with Hemophilia of Iowa and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder that can result in prolonged bleeding, primarily into muscles and joints. It predominantly affects males, including about one in every 7,500 males in the U.S.A.
The week at camp will provide children with hemophilia and their siblings an opportunity to experience activities offered at Camp Tanager: swimming, hiking, archery, sports and more. Beyond these activities, campers learn age-appropriate coping skills and tools to help effectively manage their condition and connect with peers who share their unique experience of living with hemophilia.
Entering its 31st year, Hemophilia Camp has already been attended by more than 2,000 children, with another 50-60 expected this year.
It’s another way that Tanager Place continues to ensure that you child is our focus.