Enoch Bempong is fifteen years old and attends Maxwell Heights Secondary School in Oshawa. He is now in Grade 10. Enoch has been a camper with Camp Jumoke for four years and has an interest in continuing to attend camp as part of the Polaris programme, the leadership programme organized by Camp Wenonah.
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that causes the distortion, or "sickling", of red blood cells. It occurs when a child like our poster child for 2007/8,
Neneh-Iye inherits a sickle cell gene from each parent.
Canoe trips, hiking, fireside sing-a longs and meeting new friends are exciting experiences for any child. But, for kids with SCD, many of whom have never attended summer camp before, these activities are experiences of a life time.
In 1994, the Jumoke Committee was established by a group of health-care professionals and individuals concerned about the emotional well-being of children who have sickle cell disorder.
In ancient cultures, the turtle was revered as a symbol of strength, survival and perseverance; some also believed they possessed mystical healing powers. For these reasons, Camp Jumoke has chosen the turtle to symbolize its spirit of survival...