Wildflower is thrilled to be a part of the 2020 Boston Marathon! Our runners are committed to supporting our mission of helping children, and their families, who have lost a parent by giving the gift of summer camp. By providing the life-changing experience of camp and enrichment opportunities, Wildflower has become a key part of a powerful healing process which provides a much-needed respite for the family, positive role models, and a place for children to "feel normal" without the reminder of loss.
Why camp, you ask? Because summers are the most challenging time for single parent families; while parents work, children need a safe, nurturing place to go. The experience of carefree summer days, the comfort of new friends and wonderful mentors, a break from the pain and stress at home is an invaluable experience for grieving children.
Children begin to rebuild their lives based on new learning, increased self-esteem and resilience and the creation of new memories. Through a supportive camp environment, they rekindle their spirit, creativity and talents. These special times for grieving children also provide a much-needed respite for the parent, including time to care for themselves while stepping away from the often-overwhelming pace of life and the responsibilities of caring for children while grieving.