SAN DIEGO -- Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer's charitable foundation to help children in distress by providing education and support received the largest single grant in its 12-year history, $1 million from the New York Life Foundation. The Moyer Foundation will be able to meet program goals such as expanding services to reach thousands of grieving children at free camps across the United States and Canada. Moyer and his wife, Karen, are co-founders of the foundation. The grant will focus on sustaining and establishing new camp locations and expanding the number of sessions for The Moyer Foundation Camp Erin programs. The funding also will support the National Bereavement Resource Guide, a compilation of state and local resources for people experiencing loss. The guide is free and can be found online through the Moyer Foundation's Web site and by visiting www.achildingrief.com
Also, the grant will fund The Moyer Foundation's National Bereavement Camp Conference, which brings brings together grief professionals involved in bereavement camps across the country to share best practices in the field. "We are proud to continue our strong partnership with The Moyer Foundation, whose mission and commitment to the issue of childhood bereavement positively impacts so many children in need," New York Life Foundation president Chris Park said in the grant announcement. "The need among bereaved children is greater than commonly thought," Park said. "In fact, according to a recent study, one in seven children will experience the loss of a family member [or close friend] before the age of 20, which puts children at risk. However, the good news is that grieving children themselves report that the support, experiences, and resources that The Moyer Foundation provides helps ease their burden and promotes the hope and optimism they need." Kevin Sullivan, The Moyer Foundation's national executive director, said in the press release, "We greatly appreciate the generous commitment the New York Life Foundation has made to The Moyer Foundation and the dynamic partnership we have built together since 2008. "This renewed commitment will allow us to serve thousands more children and teens in distress, especially the youngest family members, by giving them the coping tools to help achieve normalcy and balance in the face of the loss of a parent, sibling, loved one or caregiver." Support from the New York Life Foundation has totaled more than $1.7 million since 2008. The support has been integral in helping The Moyer Foundation establish nearly 40 camps across the country to provide outreach, education and ongoing support to more than 2,500 children annually, and leverage the support of more than 2,000 community volunteers, including hundreds of New York Life employees from across the country who have donated time and money to Camp Erin, Sullivan said.
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