HBO documentary One Last Hug named outstanding children's program for it's look at The Moyer Foundation's camp Erin® at the 2014 Emmy® awards.
NEW YORK, August 26, 2014—A film that takes a profound look at how death and grief affect children has been awarded the 2014 Emmy® for outstanding children’s programming. The film, which premiered on HBO in April 2014 is currently available on HBO, HBO Go and HBO On Demand.
“ONE LAST HUG: Three Days at Grief Camp,” offers an intimate portrayal of The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin®, where grieving children find comfort, hope and healing to deal with their pain.
Former World Series Champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, founded Camp Erin in 2002 after meeting 15-year-old terminally ill cancer patient Erin Metcalf, who was worried about the family she was leaving behind.
“We are so grateful to the Academy for this honor,” said Karen Moyer. “We believe no child should grieve alone, and our goal is to make it possible for more kids to find comfort and begin healing at Camp Erin.”
With support from the New York Life Foundation as well as other foundations, corporations and individuals, The Moyer Foundation now has 43 Camp Erin locations across the country, including one in every Major League Baseball city, making it the nation’s largest network of free bereavement camps.
“We are very proud to have supported the creation of this documentary. It raises awareness about an important topic that affects many families and we are delighted that it has been recognized for its exceptional portrayal of this sensitive issue. We hope that this film furthers the discussion of a topic we believe is overlooked and under-addressed,” said Heather Nesle, president of the New York Life Foundation.
The New York Life Foundation began focusing on childhood bereavement in 2008 and since then, it has committed more than $20 million to the cause.
“ONE LAST HUG” highlights Camp Erin Los Angeles, which is run by OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center, one of the many local partners nationwide that make the Camp Erin program possible.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 1.5 million children lose a parent each year, and countless others lose a relative, friend or someone else close to them. Research indicates that without support, grieving children are at a much greater risk for depression, poverty, suicide and substance abuse.
Directed by Academy® Award Nominee Irene Taylor Brodsky and produced by Greg DeHart and Paul Freedman, “ONE LAST HUG” illuminates a child’s unique perspective on death and is a testament to the healing power of friendship.
About The Moyer Foundation
The Moyer Foundation is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to provide comfort, hope and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction. Founded in 2000 by World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, The Foundation created and supports two signature programs. Camp Erin® is the nation’s largest network of free bereavement camps for grieving children and teens ages 6-17. Camp Mariposa® is a free, first-of-its-kind program for children ages 9-12 impacted by a family member’s addiction. For more information on The Moyer Foundation and its programs, please visit www.moyerfoundation.org.
About the New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided nearly more than $185 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.