by Jeanette Lahm

2018 Volunteers from the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society
and other community friends support Camp Raising Spirits

In 1994, the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, an organization dedicated to promoting quality health care for people living with cancer, inaugurated its first weekend retreat entitled “Camp Raising Spirits.” Twenty-five years later, Camp Raising Spirits remains the only adult camp around where 50 patients (and their guests) put aside their cancer for a weekend and engage in a variety of fun and relaxing activities including creative workshops, crafts, and recreation. Emergency medical personnel are available all weekend should the need arise. Participants love coming to camp. One expressed a common sentiment, “Knowing I would be coming to camp (is what) got me through this awful year of treatments and surgeries.”

The planning committee had fun reflecting upon the first year when “we felt it was so far from Pittsburgh, in the boondocks really, that we’d try Laurelville for one year and find a new venue the following year”. Once they got here, they never looked back.  Between the peaceful location and the support, prayers, and care they received from Laurelville staff (“especially Brenda!”), “we’d never think to go anywhere else.”

You are a joy-filled inspiration, Camp Raising Spirits volunteers and campers! We look forward to many, many more years of seeing your smiling faces at Laurelville.

For more information on Camp Raising Spirits, click here.


Laurelville is a Christian Retreat Center in the Laurel Highlands in Southwestern Pennsylvania.