- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi officials have ordered the shutdown of a camp that offers support for adult cancer patients.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1WmBOU7 ) Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says in a statement that his office has ordered Ocean Springs-based Mississippi Gulf Coast Bluebird Cancer Retreat to stop soliciting donations.

Hosemann says his office found several violations of state law, including failing to provide exam records and notification of changes in the organization.

The charity has also been ordered to pay a $2,000 penalty.

The organization’s executive director Gloria Skillestad says she hasn’t worked for the charity for over a year.

WMC-TV reports while the Mississippi Gulf Coast Bluebird Cancer Retreat is no longer operating, donations can still be made to a new group called South Mississippi Camp Bluebird, which isn’t affiliated with the group that got shut down.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com


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