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CCRF Helped 50 Pediatric Cancer Patients Attend Summer Camp

CCRF Funded $20,000 for Patients of the Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, TX

 
PRLog - July 20, 2014 - DALLAS -- ANNA, TEXAS – For most children, the summer months are a carefree time filled with joy and laughter; however, for those diagnosed with pediatric cancer, laughter can be a rarity. To restore the hope, faith and happiness of those dealing with pediatric cancer, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) donated $20,000 to Camp iHope, a summer program, located at the Collin County Adventure Camp in Anna, Texas, serving patients at the Medical City Children’s Hospital (MCCH) in Dallas, TX, and their siblings between the ages of 7 and 16. This donation granted 50 children the opportunity to participate in an action-packed, uplifting week of fun and friendship.

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,” said Rebecca Roesch, MSSW, LCSW, pediatric social worker and member of the MCCH Camp Planning Staff. “Camp iHope is meant to ease the burden by providing children with a place that fosters hope and happiness while creating positive memories. The staff works tirelessly to fully fund our camp, and the generous donation from CCRF allows us to bring joy and laughter back into our patients’ lives.”

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,” said Greg Anderson, founder of CCRF. “Camp iHope immerses children into a positive atmosphere, allowing them to forget the hardship of cancer and enjoy this time of year. We were honored and thrilled to be able to grant children the opportunity to participate in this amazing program.”

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/).

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Location:Dallas - Texas - United States
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Last Updated:Jul 20, 2014
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