Help Kids With Cancer Go To Camp
With summer kamping season almost here, parents are excitedly planning on sending their children to summer camp. They’re flipping through catalogs deciding on which shoes will be sturdy enough, jackets warm enough and luggage tough enough to make it through a day, much less a week, with a kid.
And then they put down the catalog and wait for the doctor to come talk to them about their child’s latest round of chemotherapy and whether, at long last, the cancer finally might be in remission.
A Special Cause for Special Kids
While children and teens who have, or who have had, cancer face challenges that few adults can comprehend, it is important to remember that, at the end of the day, they are still kids who want to do the same thing that others their age are doing—including going to summer camp.
That’s why in 1984 KOA owners established Care Camps Trust, to raise funds for children’s cancer camps in the U.S. and Canada. These camps, most of which are staffed almost exclusively by volunteers, are specially equipped to handle the needs of cancer patients. Medical personnel are on-site to administer medications and monitor camper health and well being.
But most importantly, at these week-long camps, kids and their siblings are able to swim, climb, hike, get into water fights and laugh with others who can relate to what they’re going through. They make new friends and great memories that they can carry with them when they go back home—or back to the hospital.
KOA Kampers Make The Difference
In 2009 alone, $343,000 was donated by KOA owners and campers, bringing the total amount raised over the last 15 years to more than $3.5 million. This year, 400 of the 475+ KOA’s across North America will be participating in the year’s biggest fund-raising event: Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend.
On May 14 and 15, campers will have the chance to stay at their favorite participating KOA and get in on great activities, from spaghetti suppers and silent auctions to golf tournaments and rubber ducky regattas. And besides feeling good about raising money so kids with cancer can go to awesome camps created just for them, there are other benefits. Campers who stay as paid guests on Friday May 14th will get to camp Saturday night, May 15th, for free.
The money raised through donations will go to cancer camps, helping pay for food, medical equipment, linens, transportation and other camp needs a Camp Rainbow in Phoenix, Camp Make-A-Dream in Montana and more than 40 other KOA care camps.
See It For Yourself
Please take a few moments to meet some of the amazing children who attend these camps and see how they benefit from these programs by watching the videos above. Then go online to make your reservation for Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend May 14-15 at a participating KOA kampground near you.
There are some pretty amazing kids who will thank you for it.
Have you ever attended Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend to help raise money for KOA Cancer Camps? Or do you know a child who has benefited from these amazing camps? Please share your thoughts with us.