Building Stronger Hearts Through Camp Cope

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Some local participants started their Memorial Day holiday weekend supporting experiencing grief.

The Build Strong Hearts 5K took place Friday at Zane State to raise money for Camp Cope. The camp is a social-emotional community based learning program for children and families experiencing grief and loss, whether it be death, moving to a new place or in the foster care system.

“They learn that first of all they are not alone,” explained Social Work Assistant Program Director at Zane State Stacie Curtis. “We also make sure that they can build a tool box that they can use not just now when they’re young, but as they grow older so they can learn ways to address the loss that they have experienced.”

The camp is usually six week weeks but can be tailored to individual needs. Curtis said it’s important that children learn to cope with grief and that they feel understood.

“A lot of times it’s really uncomfortable. A lot of times we don’t know what to say to someone especially a child when they have lost someone or are grieving. Some people think that children don’t grieve and they do. It’s really important that we practice early intervention. We know that if we help people when they first experience a difficult situation we’re going to improve the outcome by getting that early intervention,” said Curtis.

This is the first year for the Strong Hearts 5K, which they hope to make make an annual event. If you’re interested in learning more about Camp Cope you can contact Curtis at (740) 588-1286.

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Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.