CHAMPS camp gives patients confidence to have fun

CHAMPS has brought together children who have had heart surgery from across the province to provide them with the opportunity to do something they may never have felt comfortable doing otherwise: playing the way other kids their age get to without fear.

Every summer the University of Saskatchewan campus becomes home to a vast collection of day camps for Saskatoon children enjoying their two-month hiatus from school—the Bowl becomes sport-central, with dozens of kids playing hard with carefree abandon.

But last week, just around the corner from the Bowl, there was a smaller group of children gathered for a summer camp believed to be the first of its kind North America—a pediatric chronic disease management program for children with cardiac conditions.

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