GLHF’s Camp Director, Karin Koppen, Reflects on Five Years of Growth and the Future
More than five years ago, GLHF brought together all four Wisconsin Hemophilia Treatment Centers with the goal of starting a summer camp right here in Wisconsin. That idea became Camp Klotty Pine. As we hosted our fifth year of camp, we couldn’t help but feel extra excited as campers arrived. We knew that camp would change lives, and now we have five years of campers to prove it!
At Camp Klotty Pine, kids become immediately bonded over their shared medical conditions. Campers might not know anyone else living with a bleeding disorder at home, but at camp, everyone “gets it” and they can truly be unique individuals. Campers are filled with confidence in an environment that encourages them to learn about their bleeding disorder – and how to self-infuse!
As we wrapped up camp a few weeks ago, we reflected on how we have grown and where the future of camp will take us. If you are a part of the Camp Klotty Pine family, or plan to be down the road, we thank you. Thank you for trusting that your children are in good hands at camp. Your child returns home with an extra spark in their eye – and missing them for one week was worth it!
Thank you for allowing them the opportunity to sing, laugh and grow alongside us at the campfires. These experiences and memories will last a lifetime!
Director, Camp Klotty Pine