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2004 Press Releases
Morton Plant Caring Partners Seeks Applications for Adult Cancer Survivors' Retreat

CLEARWATER, Fla., (January 16, 2004)--Roast marshmallows and sing songs by a roaring fire, canoe on the Little Manatee River or walk amid soaring palm trees. While these activities might seem like the typical camping experience, they are especially meaningful to the adult cancer survivors at Morton Plant Hospital Caring Partners' Camp Living Springs. Intended to provide adult cancer survivors with a respite from the treatment and survival process, the seventh annual three-day camp will be held from Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 18, 2004. Completed applications must be received by February 21, 2004.

"Offered for the first time in the spring and at no cost to participants, Camp Living Springs is fully funded by the hospital's volunteer organization," said Marty Henderson, president of Morton Plant Caring Partners. "The camp provides a much-needed service to adult cancer survivors in the Tampa Bay area and beyond." Any adult age 18 or older and diagnosed with cancer is eligible to attend the camp.

Adult cancer survivors are treated to three days of fun, crafts, massages, dancing and entertainment. All food and accommodations are also provided free of charge. Nurses, massage therapists and counselors donate their time to supervise and facilitate the camp experience.

"While there are several programs for children suffering from cancer, adult cancer survivors have few opportunities to escape the thoughts, emotions and daily rigors of their disease," added Henderson.

Since 1998, the camp has been held annually in the fall and for the first time in 2004 there will be a spring camp. The mission of Camp Living Springs is to promote camaraderie, relaxation and shared experience with an annual goal of increasing the number of adult cancer survivors whose lives are enriched by the camp opportunity. In the first year, Morton Plant Hospital hosted 21 participating cancer survivors and in 2003, the number grew to 68.

Camp Living Springs is held at a 100-acre retreat facility, located around a lake and river in Ellenton, Fla. Expansive porches overlooking the lake are lined with rocking chairs, conducive to group discussions or quiet reflective time. In November 2001, Caring Partners' Camp Living Springs won the Daily Points of Light award sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, the Corporation for National Service and the Knights of Columbus. This award honors organizations demonstrating an innovative approach to volunteer service. Earlier in 2001, Camp Living Springs also won the 2001 Extraordinary Program Award from the American Society for Directors of Volunteer Services.

To request an application or for more information about Camp Living Springs contact Morton Plant Caring Partners at (727) 461-8010.

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility dedicated to improving the health of all it serves through community-owned health services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care. In 2001, Morton Plant Hospital joined forces with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida, Tampa to provide research and services for cancer patients. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., 727-462-7000.

Contact: Phoebe Ochman/Beth Hardy

Morton Plant News Bureau

(727) 461-8117 Phone

(727) 468-7586 Pager