Camp Koala helps grieving children heal

In 1989, Lisa Liebetrau, then quite young, suffered a sudden and tremendous loss.

“When I was a teenager, my sisters were killed in a car accident in Dillsburg. It was Mothers Day and I was 17 and I watched my family fall apart” Liebetrau said on Good Day PA on abc27.

Twenty years later, Liebetrau decided that it time to do something for other children and to do something in memory of her sisters.

“I remembered how it was to for me.”

She founded Camp Koala, a non-profit grief support center for children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. Until now, it has held residential camp for children in the Carlisle area. Now, it has opened a Wilkes-Barre location where it will hold four new day camps.

In 2014, Liebetrau estimates that the organization will serve about 250 grieving children and teens. Donations of items and volunteers are always needed and well as financial support.

On March 7, Camp Koala is holding a fund raising gala at the Carlisle Ribbon Mill.

To be involved or to support Camp Koala, you may call them at (717) 258-1122 or visit them online at

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