Summer camp for kids with cancer

Colebrook - posted Mar, 28 2011

Cancer doesn’t have to be the reason for a child to miss out on all the fun and excitement of summer camp. Children ages five to 17 that have ever been diagnosed with cancer are invited to attend the American Cancer Society’s Camp Rising Sun – free of charge -- from Aug. 21 to 26 at Camp Jewell YMCA in Colebrook, Conn.
Camp Rising Sun has been in operation since 1983 and is a place where kids with cancer go to see that they are not alone in their struggle, while providing support, camaraderie and lifelong friendships. Weeklong activities are dependant on the weather, but may include swimming, photography, arts and crafts, campfires, hiking, horseback riding, and boating.
At Camp Rising Sun, there is always a pediatric oncologist and at least four nurses available on site, 24 hours a day, allowing those still in treatment to attend. Camp Rising Sun is staffed by volunteers who come to camp from all types of backgrounds including teachers, firefighters, police officers and students. All share the mission of giving the campers a safe and fun-filled week. Camper to staff ratio is 2:1. Camp Rising Sun is free and made possible by the many generous donations of friends and American Cancer Society donors.
For more information, an application to register for Camp Rising Sun, or to make a donation to camp, contact Tina Saunders at tina.saunders@cancer.org or call 203-379-4762.


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