Jamie Moyer may prove to be a better acquisition to the city of Philadelphia off of the playing field.
Seven years ago Jamie and his wife Karen developed the Moyer foundation, which to date has raised over nine million dollars for helping children cope with the loss of a parent. The Moyer foundation has opened 8 bereavement camps in six states to help children deal with the pain and problems associated with the death of a parent.
Now the Moyer Foundation is teaming up with MLB and some big-league heavy hitters like A-Rod and his wife Cynthia, Curt and Shonda Schilling and Trevor Hoffman and his wife Tracy. The goal of the union is to open a camp in every city that has a big league team. The newest "Camp Erin" is slated to open here in Philadelphia, taking place on the weekend of August 17-19. The camp is named in honor of Erin Metcalf, a seventeen year old girl who lost her battle with liver cancer in 2000.
Jamie and his wife plan to have an additional 10 Camp Erins' up and running by the middle of '08. Currently the camps are helping close to 500 kids a summer cope with their loss. There are professional counselors as well as community volunteers at each camp to teach the kids the right way to deal with their feelings. To register for a Camp Erin or for more information on the camps or the Moyer Foundation go to the Moyer's webpage.
If we can get a couple more guys like Jamie Moyer here in Philly we might not only be able to get over the hump and back into the playoffs, but make the world a better place while we're waiting.