Jamie Moyer, the Seattle Mariners longtime pitcher who went on to Philly to get his World Series ring, spoke with us the day after he threw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day at Safeco field. (I teased him about it, and yes, he said he missed his mark.)
During Jamie’s long baseball career, with his wife Karen, he formed the Moyer Foundation to send grieving kids and kids affected by addiction, to summer camp. Camp Erin is now the nation’s largest network of camps for grieving children.
“The nation was reminded this past year of the heartbreaking nature of childhood grief, when the tragedies in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut, left behind so many siblings, sons and daughters,” Jamie says.
“Too often society ignores a child’s perspective on death, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of children lose someone special to them every year. These children deserve all the hope, healing and support the Foundation and others can provide.We believe the only thing worse than a grieving child is a child grieving alone.”
Listen to Jamie’s talk with Lee Callahan:
Established by Jamie and his wife, Karen, The Moyer Foundation created Camp Erin, a network of free bereavement camps specifically designed for children who have suffered the loss of a parent, sibling or other significant influence in their lives. Since the first Camp Erin in 2002, The Moyer Foundation has expanded the program to 41 locations, including every MLB city and, most recently, in Newtown, Connecticut. The upcoming camp season will welcome approximately 2,500 campers. By the close of 2013, Camp Erin will have served more than 10,000 children.
We asked Jamie if he’d been thinking of returning to baseball. “I’m not completely committed to it, right now, I’m having too much fun at home…”
-Lee Callahan – Jack, Seattle