MIDDLETOWN, NJ: On Thursday, August 1st, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., all are invited to a free event at the Middletown Arts Center, (MAC) 36 Church Street, Middletown, N.J. (near the Middletown Train Station). The Art Show is the culmination of the art based CAMP JINKA at the MAC. The children and teens who attended the July camp will have their art on exhibit.
The evening's live entertainment is Rockit Live Foundation. Rockit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization where kids ages 8-18, audition, then participate in a seven-week group program to learn a specific repertoire of songs, supplemented with individual instruction. The Rockit entertainment will begin at 7:00 p.m.
CAMP JINKA 2019 began at the Middletown Arts Center on July 8th through July 26th. It was held Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Camp Jinka is a free summer program for kids and teens whose lives have been impacted by loss. This unique camp offers creative indoor and outdoor activities while encouraging expression and connection with others having a similar life experience.The camp is full of fun and exciting events and outings for the children and teens. The camp, in its 10th year, is a totally free program supported by business sponsorships and private donors. Founder of Camp Jinka is Judy Zocchi whose beloved husband David passed as a result of a brain tumor. Soon after the loss of her husband Judy raised funding for the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center and then knowing the great need there was, Judy founded Camp Jinka.
For ten years Camp Jinka focused on children whose parents were diagnosed or passed from a brain tumor and other cancers. That has expanded to meet the current needs of children who have a chronically ill parent or a deceased parent from other diseases, sudden death, drug overdose, suicide, mental illness, active military duty or violent crime.
CAMP JINKA, PO Box 508, Sea Girt, NJ 08750 (732) 706 4100
A Letter From Camp Jinka Founder Judy Zocchi
After the loss of my beloved husband, Dave, to a brain tumor I found, like my contemporaries, that the difficulty continues after the person passes away. There is the initial year of “firsts”, profound grief, physical recovery from the caretaking regime, and trying to reinvent life without your loved one. I was an adult, and it was really hard for me. I could not imagine how hard it would be for a child whose life was impacted by the same set of circumstances. Most children look to a parent for all of their needs. A parent is ultimately responsible for the safety and security of their child. What happens when that changes? When a parent can no longer manage their affairs, drive, walk, talk – what happens when their personality changes? When they don’t remember their child? This does not happen to all who are diagnosed with a brain tumor, there are strong survivors. But for many children, this is their reality.
Camp Jinka was created to support these children, no matter what stage of the diagnosis of the disease, (or even death) they might be facing. They are nurtured in a loving environment where they create art, explore the outdoors and play games with other children who often may be in a similar situation. They are with children who “get it” even if they never speak of it. They are encouraged to bring a friend, and transportation is provided if a parent can’t drive. As for the parents, it is a welcomed respite for them and an opportunity for their children to have an escape and be a kid again!
Fondly – Judy Zocchi