Bethany is a shining example of why The Laurel Foundation’s programs need to exist. Bethany’s father was born HIV+ and attended The Laurel Foundation’s programs when he was young. He lost his mother to AIDS when he was Bethany’s age.
Last year, Bethany’s father died and now she is growing up without a parent, just like her father did. Thankfully, Bethany has the support of The Laurel Foundation to help her navigate through the loss of her father and empower her to overcome the adversities of HIV/AIDS.
Bethany attended Summer Camp this year and she told her Aunt (her legal guardian) that camp was better than Disneyland!
Jasmine lives with her Grandmother who is HIV+ and has been attending camp since she was 6 years old. Camp Laurel has helped Jasmine to meet peers who encounter the same challenges and are going through the same thing as her. Through the support of the community she’s built through camp, she has been able to improve her self-confidence and self-esteem.
Camp Laurel has mental health professionals at each program that work with the kids, helping them to overcome depression and anxiety, and connecting them professional help when they return home.