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Children’s Harbor

Address: 1 Our Children’s Hwy, Alexander City, AL 35010

Phone: (205) 567-5393

Children’s Harbor’s mission is to help children with serious illnesses and their families. We do this at both our Lake Martin Campus and our Birmingham Family Center. The 66-acre lake campus provides no cost camping facilities to over 23 different nonprofit organizations. Our Family Center at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children offers seriously ill children and their families free counseling for everyone involved, education services and tutoring, scheduled activities, an exercise room, a library, salon, laundry facilities, and much more. We do essentially anything these families need to help them get through their child’s medical crisis.

Over 5,000 campers with illnesses including cancer, spina bifida, autism, and transplants will attend camp at Children’s Harbor’s lake campus. When a family receives a life altering diagnosis, their entire world is changed. For a parent, camp provides a place to slow down from doctor’s appointments; a time to receive training from experts and connect with other families experiencing the same difficulties that they face. For children, camp is a place where they no longer stand out because of their illness. They are not stared at because of their disfiguring burns or because they have to take shots with their meals. These campers are surrounded by others who are just like them; kids who are facing the same diagnosis, who have to take the same medications, and who may have their same limitations. They are no longer worried about their illness, their prognosis and how it makes them stand out; these campers come here to be children again.

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