Camping, Climbing, & Connecting: 2018 Turner Syndrome Retreat

“Words can’t adequately describe what an honor it was having the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing weekend.”

Friday night’s games, dinner, and campfire gave everyone a chance to get to know one another – setting the tone for a weekend full of connections and new friendships. On Saturday, the day started with a nature hike around the grounds of Camp Ockanickon. With perfect fall weather, this activity was a great way to stretch our legs before a morning of presentations. Special guests joined us to speak on topics like nutrition, bullying, research, and financial literacy. After lunch we headed back outside for games and a chance to climb the camp’s rock wall! Good job to the superstars who challenged themselves to give it a try! Finally, on Sunday we started the day with yoga and ended with the Team TSF Lake Walk. The weather didn’t hold out for us on Sunday, so those who wanted to stay dry inside enjoyed a rain party. The weather couldn’t stop everyone though – a few brave souls completed the 5K!

The scheduled activities made sure everyone had something to enjoy. However, the part we are most proud of and the real reason for hosting this event was to provide a space for women, girls, and family members to connect, laugh, and share their stories. We are so thrilled by the friendships we saw blossoming, the experienced advice we saw being offered, and the contact information being exchanged by the end of the weekend! We are sure this is not the last time many of these ladies will be seeing each other!

A special thank you to our sponsors Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Genentech, and Manasquan Bank for supporting this event. Also to Wawa, Goddess Garden Organics, and Simply Soothing for providing supplies. And finally to Sarah Barnes of the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Gina Soares of Investor’s Bank, Ellen McSpadden of Cheerful Chatter, and Julia Keklak of The Coriell Institute for volunteering your time to share your knowledge.

“My head is still spinning after a life-changing weekend, and I am so looking forward to having the opportunity to get even more involved with the Foundation.” 

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