“Based on the evaluation forms we received, this year’s retreat was an incredible success,”
said Cox. “Patients clearly appreciate the opportunity to come together, share their experiences
and learn from others.”
“It’s a real bonding experience,” she added. “The friendships campers build last from one year to
the next. Campers continue to stay in touch on our Facebook page and many get together
throughout the year for various social and fund-raising events.”
I wasn’t sure what to expect. I loved every second of camp. As I drove away I just wanted to turn
my car around and relive the weekend over again. I felt so welcome, like I was a long-lost cousin.
Everyone has so much love for everyone! I can’t wait for next year! It can’t come fast enough.
– Chelsea –
Thanks for the AMAZING time! I met some pretty fantastic people. Honestly I feel so much
better about myself now. Can’t wait to come for the full weekend next year!
– Lizzie –
What another awesome year, and to see our small original group to grow to over 30 is incredible!
Who knew that when we all started out in this life with a hole in our heart that it would be filled
with such love, comfort, support and friendship from others just like us. The best part of camp this
year for me was meeting all the new folks and of course an awesome night of euchre! But more
important was the welcoming by all the new faces – it’s like coming home to my extended family.
You guys did a great job!
– Doug –
“CCHA’s Beat Retreat camp has been a wonderful connection to many young adults who like our
daughter Shannon live with congenital heart disease. Through the power of the camp Shannon
now has friends like her to share stories and support each other on this lifelong journey.”
– Gord and Dale –
At the age of 62 I stumbled across a Facebook page about tetralogy of Fallot, the birth defect I’ve
lived with my whole life. Through that I found a posting about the Beat Retreat, a program run by
the CCHA. At the Beat Retreat I was able to finally talk to others about our survival and difficulties
we had faced growing up. I was the second oldest camper and was hearing stories and advice
from my peers aged 22-68. When I hopped into the car on Thursday I was driving into uncharted
waters. When I was driving home Sunday I felt like a member of a much larger family. Thank you
guys and thank you Beat Retreat!
– Bruce –