Most folks hope to get the most out of their lives over a long period of time. Ideally, we would be well into our “Golden Years” before moving on to the afterlife. At the age of 47, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer is playing well into his athletic “Golden Years” with tremendous success.
In this, his 24th Major League season, Moyer holds the record for the most wins (265) and strikeouts (2,405) among active players. He has won a World Series Title (2008) and has been selected to the All-Star Game (2003). He also ranks 10th on the all-time wins list by a left hander and ranks 36th overall.
But it is perhaps Moyer’s off-the-field contributions that will have the greatest longevity.
In 1998, Moyer granted a wish to die-hard Seattle Mariners fan, Erin Metcalf, as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Erin had been diagnosed with liver cancer as a 15-year-old. After the encounter, the Moyers and Metcalfs established a heart-felt relationship. Unfortunately, Erin succumbed to the disease two years later.
In an effort to honor their fallen friend, Jamie and his wife Karen established Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for children ages 6 to 17 who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camps are conducted on weekends and provide traditional camp fun along with grief counseling and emotional support.
Camp Erin has become the largest bereavement camp in the United States accounting for 36 camps in 23 different states. The camp helps more than 2,500 grieving children each year. Camp Erin is just one of the many beneficiaries of the Moyer Foundation.
As parents of eight children, the Moyers are dedicated to finding ways to enrich the lives of children everywhere. The mission of the Moyer Foundation is to offer encouragement, comfort, and support to children enduring a time of profound emotional, physical, or financial distress and provide opportunities for enhancing overall wellness, stability, and quality of life.
Since its inception, The Moyer Foundation has raised over $20 million to help support more than 225 different programs that help children in distress in a variety of ways.
Ironically, Moyer, a man playing well past the normal “prime” of his career, has been incredibly influential in helping children grieve those who were lost well before their “prime.”
The following video is a very moving piece explaining the camp in further detail. It runs a bit long, but is so worth your time. http://bit.ly/cPrIie
To Jamie and Karen Moyer, we thank you for your efforts and continued success in sharing your spirit for life and love for children.