Camp Jumoke is pleased to introduce the 2015-2016 Child Ambassador, Tahira Soje! Tahira is 17 year old high school student who is articulate, confident and composed. In addition to continuing to share her experiences with Sickle Cell Disease and raise awareness, Tahira plans to pursue a career in Social Justice when she starts her post-secondary education.
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...