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Camp Bernie weekend gets better with big contributions

The New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome & Associated Disorders (NJCTS) would like to thank five important contributors to the 9th annual Family Retreat Weekend, which will take place June 7-9, 2013, at YMCA Camp Bernie in nearby Port Murray.

The Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation in October 2012 issued NJCTS a grant to underwrite the cost of kids and families attending the event, which each year attracts scores of families affected by Tourette Syndrome in New Jersey and the surrounding region.

For the past five years, the HAPI Foundation has provided NJCTS with a generous donation, which also is used each year to offset the cost of camper registration and operating expenses.

And this year, Wegman’s, ShopRite and Costco have supported Family Retreat Weekend efforts by providing food, beverage and/or monetary considerations.

“We are honored to receive contributions from each of these valued partners, which demonstrate a dedicated commitment to serving children and teenagers with TS,” NJCTS Executive Director Faith W. Rice said. “We believe the tools and strategies delivered at our Family Retreat Weekend address issues TS children and families face each day, and we are grateful that the Foundation has partnered with us in our quest to provide support for the 1 in 100 kids affected by this often devastating neurological disorder.

NJCTS welcomes more than 200 children, parents and siblings each June to YMCA Camp Bernie for an enjoyable weekend of self-esteem building and empowerment in a camp setting. Aside from canoeing, fishing, campfires, a talent show and myriad other fun activities, children bond with other TS kids. Parents form support networks and families also participate in skills training workshops.

More information about the Family Retreat Weekend is available by calling 908-575-7350 and by visiting www.njcts.org or right here on TSParentsOnline. More information about YMCA Camp Bernie is available by visiting www.campbernieymca.org.

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