A local college is helping children with potentially life-threatening chronic illnesses attend summer camp.
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville is making it possible for children with hemophilia, cancer and sickle cell disease to attend summer camp.
The school of medicine holds two camps annually for ill children called Camp Rainbow and Camp Hope, which are held at Camp Don Lee in Arapahoe.
The purpose of the camps is to help children learn more about their illnesses.
Campers will participate in various activities, including swimming, canoeing and crafts. The camps will be monitored to meet the campers' medical and psychosocial needs.
About 60 campers from the following 14 eastern counties are expected to attend: Beaufort, Bertie, Carteret, Craven, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Johnston, Lenoir, Nash, Onslow, Pitt, Washington and Wayne.
Camp Rainbow and Camp Hope began Monday and will run through June 21.
ECU's School of Medicine will be hosting media day at the camps from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday at Camp Don Lee in Arapahoe.
Both camps are free to those children with chronic illnesses.
For more information about the camps, contact Jacquelyn Sauls at 252-744-3304.