“I went to camp with my best friend when we were almost 8. We were best friends and facing cancer together, and our doctor thought we’d really enjoy camp so we signed up.
We spent three amazing summers at camp together fishing, making friends, doing awesome arts and crafts, and just being regular kids. I spent two more summers after my friend graduated at camp and then graduated myself at age 12 from camp.
Camp was always a place I could be myself and have a blast without worrying about doctor appointments and chemo pills. Everyone else was in the same boat as me. I had the “big kids” to look up to. They did it! They beat cancer! I wanted to be just like them.
In 2006 I came back as an LT. I had been away from camp for seven years, and was scared I wouldn’t know anyone. When I walked in to orientation, I knew other counselors who were campers with me and quickly made new friends. I was hooked. I never wanted to leave camp.
This summer (2013) will be my 8th year back as a counselor, and I feel so honored to be part of something so amazing. This camp changes lives. It helps kids not only meet other kids going through what they are … chemo, bald heads, weight changes, weakness … but also provides the opportunity for them to just be regular kids. The staff goes to extra lengths to make that week the best week ever. Seeing the light in their eyes when the next surprise comes up, or they succeed at something new, you can’t match that with anything.”