In its fourth season, Camp iHope enriched the lives of young cancer patients and their siblings in a week filled with exciting new adventures. The camp exuded a safe, supportive and joyful atmosphere, which allowed children to grow, build independence and self-esteem and create memories that will last a lifetime. Overall, children enjoyed the full summer camp experience with activities, such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, arts & crafts and even a Jell-O war, while connecting and creating friendships with others who are dealing with the same challenges.
“The struggle of children and families who are dealing with childhood cancer is unimaginable,”
Camp iHope was held from June 22nd through June 27th, and hosted 107 campers, with nearly half of them funded by CCRF. Since 2013, CCRF has been essential in assisting Camp iHope and its growing need to support more campers, which has risen from 69 attendees in 2011 to 104 attendees in 2013. To help support this growth, CCRF donated a total of $35,000 to the organization, allowing nearly 90 children to attend camp over the past two years.
“Summertime should be enjoyable and worry-free for a child. Unfortunately, for children with cancer, doctor’s visits and extensive treatments can be a burden and negatively affect one’s self-esteem,”
Campers and counselors gathered at Camp iHope, a summer program for pediatric cancer patients that receives support from Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation
About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)
Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA with a division in The Woodlands, TX, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids(educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins); New Era Cancer Research Fund (funds research for less toxic, minimally-invasive pediatric-cancer treatments); International Aid (provides medications and supplies to clinics in developing and impoverished countries); Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 15,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org (http://childrenscancerrecovery.org/