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Zibby Madill: Youthful Enthusiasm and Devotion to Camp Erin®

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Camp Erin® of the Central Valley is a fun-filled, three-day camp for children and teens ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. It’s a fun, traditional camp combined with grief education, peer bonding and emotional support led by grief support professionals and trained volunteers. Camp Erin of the Central Valley provides a unique opportunity for grieving. 

It was started in 2014 when Community Hospice partnered with the Eluna Network. The first Camp Erin originated with Jamie and Karen Moyer in 2002 in Everett, Washington. They wanted to honor Erin Metcalf, who died of liver cancer at 17. There are 46 camp locations nationwide, including two in Canada. Through the Foundation’s national fundraising efforts, Camp Erin will continue to grow nationwide, including one camp in every Major League Baseball city. 

Local Effort
Community Hospice is the leading hospice provider in the San Joaquin Valley. Since 1979, thousands of people have turned to Community Hospice during their time of need. Community Hospice is a non-profit, community-based hospice agency founded in a church basement by two volunteer registered nurses, and it has grown to meet the needs of the community. Their mission is to provide compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to more than 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities and at the 16-bed inpatient hospice facility the Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support services to anyone in the community at no cost. 

Zibby’s Calling: Giving Back
It is these missions that connected Zibby Madill, now a high school senior, with Camp Erin and led her to take on volunteering with the camp and with Community Hospice as a personal passion. “I decided to begin fundraising for Community Hospice through the Over the Edge fundraiser because not only am I able to give back to such an amazing organization that gives so much to our community, but this event also brings our community together to help showcase Community Hospice’s inspiring efforts,” she noted. “In 2016, I lost my younger cousin, Rocco Santino Rossini, in an accident that I was also in. I became depressed and reached out to my parents when I realized I was a danger to myself. My parents heard about Camp Erin through a friend and knew right away that it would help. Camp Erin saved my life and changed many others who also attended the camp alongside myself.” 

Zibby believes the people who volunteer are what make Camp Erin so special. When she first arrived at the camp, she automatically felt at home with the kind camp guides and the cabin leaders who made all her fellow campers feel so much more comfortable away from home. “The camp also helped us all understand that we cannot control our emotions and showed us ways to express our emotions, not push them out,” she shared. 

Family Connections
This amazing young lady is a senior at Saint Mary’s High School in Stockton, California. Her parents are Carey and Chris Madill. Her mom helps run her grandparents’ Chatfield Vineyards, and her father is director of construction management at University of the Pacific. She has three other siblings. Her older brother, Evan, attends Cal Maritime; her older sister, Ellen, attends Saint Mary’s College of Moraga, and her younger sister, Caroline, attends Clarksburg Elementary. 

“I am involved in many clubs at Saint Mary’s including the Theater Department, Senate and Cabinet, Campus Ministry, St. Francis De Sales Club, Link Crew and Book Club,” she related. “I love my family, my school, and I love volunteering and fundraising for Community Hospice.”

Visit hospiceheart.org and camperincentralvalley.org for more information.