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CONTACT: TOM MOORE
8 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 356-3945
e-mail: thomas-moore@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Children with sickle cell disease to attend summer camp

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- On Sunday, June 14, a dozen children diagnosed with sickle cell disease will leave Iowa City to travel to a very special summer camp. Their destination will be the Buffalo Prairie Gang Camp located near Peoria, Ill. The camp is sponsored by the Paul Newman Foundation, and provides an opportunity for children with a variety of medical conditions or disabilities to enjoy a summer camp experience.

The children who will be going to the camp live in Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City and Waterloo. The children and their families will meet in the Activities Therapies Gymnasium on the first floor of the John Pappajohn Pavilion of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics beginning at 9 a.m. and will leave by bus around 10 a.m. The Activities Therapy Gymnasium is located next to Elevator J near the south entrance to the John Pappajohn Pavilion.

For more information, contact Tom Moore, Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 319-356-3945; Sharon McMillan, or Susan Abel, Hemoglobinopathy Program in the Children's Hospital of Iowa at University Hospitals and Clinics, 319-356-1400; or Jeff Dotts, Buffalo Prairie Gang Camp, 309-674-0804.

6/12/98