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It is with deep sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our dear co-founder, Joyce Chulock, on August 24, 2021. I apologize that It has taken me so long to pull my thoughts together to write this post.
In 1999, Joyce, Lori Walsh and I became fast friends in a support group for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients at Medical Oncology Associates in Kingston, PA. As young women (we were 40ish or younger) we were all terrified. That group, our ensuing friendship, as well as the help of MOA, planted the seeds that grew into Camp Bravehearts.
Joyce was creative, strong, determined and smart with a wicked sarcastic steak. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend. When we started Camp, Joyce was our creative one, handling all things artistic. For Joyce, Lori and me, Camp was a labor of love and an exciting and meaningful way to take our lives back from cancer and make lemonade out of lemons.
About a year after our initial diagnosis’, Joyce got the awful news that her cancer had recurred. We were all devastated. While she showed amazing strength and resilience, Joyce worried about being around to see her beautiful daughter Arianna (then around 11) grow up. Shortly after this tough diagnosis, Joyce stepped back from her active role in Bravehearts to spend time with Arianna and her wonderful husband, Greg. She defied all the odds by surviving to not only see Arianna graduate from HS, but also college. Joyce and Greg together also had the blessing of watching Arianna walk down the aisle. I believe Joyce simply made up her mind she was going to be there for those important milestones and she was. What a force to be reckoned with. Fierce!
Like Lori Walsh, Joyce’s spirit lives on in every aspect of the goodness of the Bravehearts sisterhood. I know they are both shining down on us, proud of this sisterhood they created and its strength that reflects theirs. Joyce and Lori, you are forever a part of us. We love you, and are so thankful you graced this Earth. Fly high and Stay Brave.
We offer 4 Retreat Programs each year, open to women with any type of Cancer at any stage. Please click the photo to hear more about our Camp programs.
Welcome to Camp Bravehearts
Our goal is to provide women who are dealing with any type of cancer an opportunity to share life experiences.
Through the exercise, craft, wellness, outdoor, education, and social activities offered at Camp Bravehearts, we will provide participants an opportunity to learn new skills, increase self-esteem and confidence, and help address the risks and fears that women face during and after treatment.
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