Children of parents with ALS get support, counseling at Camp Hope Loves Company

Just like many other camps, Hope Loves Company gives kids the chance to sleep in log cabins, eat in mess halls, play outdoors and spend hours developing lasting friendships.

But unlike most other places, these campers also pick up strategies for coping with the stress that comes from taking care of parents or other family members with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

"I love camp because it's really awesome, and you just know a lot of people are there for you when you talk about ALS," said 10-year-old Zoe Mongiello, whose father is currently battling ALS and attended the weekend-long camp with her twin brother, Zach.

ALS is a debilitating disease that requires intense, around-the-clock care. Often times, a lot of that responsibility falls on the children of those with the condition. Hope Loves Company was created to help provide emotional and educational support to those young caretakers.

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