MELBOURNE, FL (February 27, 2017) – Health First’s Bright Star Center for Grieving Children and Families is accepting participants for its annual spring Camp Bright Star.

The one-day event is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Gleason Park, located at 1233 Yacht Club Blvd. in Indian Harbour Beach. Held twice a year for about 50 children, the camp is a fun-filled day, during which children who have lost loved ones embrace the art of healing. This special day is an extension of Hospice of Health First’s special bereavement services for children.  

At Camp Bright Star, therapy dogs, sports activities and arts and crafts fill the special event. Volunteers with Hospice of Health First and Bright Star, as well as other local community groups and organizations, help make the experience a healing one. Children are encouraged to express their grief through creative, positive play within an age-appropriate group of their peers. Informal sharing sessions and lunch help round out the day.

The camp, for children ages 5 to 12, wraps up with a special memorial service honoring campers’ late family members. The cost is $5 per child and $10 for families with multiple children. Scholarships are available.

Bright Star offers regular group sessions for grieving children at no cost to families, funded by the Health First Foundation. Marj Bartok, who recently donated $1,200 to the cause, has been a regular contributor. She lost her beloved son, Robert, to a brain injury.

“I knew I wanted to do something special in his name and something that would be meaningful to him,” Bartok said, who donated her son’s childhood train set for children to enjoy. “It was done in his memory, and I continue to do as much as I can for Bright Star.”

For more information on Bright Star’s bereavement services, camp or volunteer opportunities, call 321.434.7622.

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County’s not-for-profit, community healthcare system. The fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group and outpatient and wellness services. As a locally owned, not-for-profit organization, Health First is committed to investing in our community. In 2015, Health First provided more than $129 million in community support. To learn more about Health First and how we’re giving back to our community, please visit