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December 5, 2012

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December 5, 2012

All that can be said about Camp Good Days can be read on the faces of the many campers who not only have a good time, they thrive! I have been a volunteer for four years and find that the programs and staff are the best medicine that the children and adults can receive. Again and again, the kids say that there stay at camp far exceeded their expectations and they look forward to coming back.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 8, 2011

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November 8, 2011

when i was 12 camp good days was the only camp that i wasnt different
now they not only make kids with cancer feel better but also the kids with hiv . keep up the great work

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

March 16, 2011

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March 16, 2011

Went here as a little girl after watching my mom waste away and die from cancer. This place helped me reclaim my childhood and the happy memories remain to this day. I can personally attest that your money you donate will bring lasting moments of happiness to kids struggling with things beyond their years!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Went here as a little girl after watching my mom waste away and die from cancer. This place helped me reclaim my childhood and the happy memories remain to this day. I can personally attest that your money you donate will bring lasting moments of happiness to kids struggling with things beyond their years!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to expand their reach to more and more kids in need of a break from their cancer and other diseases that are plaguing them.

July 31, 2009

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July 31, 2009

Hi, my name is Cathy Lopez, My nephew has brain cancer, My sister and her family have been involved with Camp Good Day for almost 5 years, we are so lucky to have all this support and love. It really helps oru whole huge family. I would not know what to do and these caring people take us in and give structure and revival to the family directly. It's nice to hear Grandma talk about "When the kids were at camp" or Tristin goes this week and is looking forward to it. or it' his sisters turn this week to go to Camp Good Day. Thanks Camp Good Day for ttaking care of my Sisters family.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Kids with Cancer get to have a great time with other kids and their families and care is extended to members of the family affected by a tragic disease. It gives real hope to me and our family.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not know how to do it like they do.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they hepl families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

felt by the way others were greatly helped.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

keep helping all those families.

Ways to make it better...

We did not have cancer in our family.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Eliminating The Cancer.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am greatful for them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 31, 2009

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July 31, 2009

Camp Good Days & Special Times has been a mainstay in the Greater Rochester, NY community, always finding new ways to serve cancer patients and their families. You would think that a camp in the northeast would only be vital during the warm months, but Camp Good Days & Special Times works hard and maintains visibility twelve months a year, even offering programs outside of summer months.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the joy given to campers and their families.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interaction with staff and volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, dedicated, focused on clients and outstanding results.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help other communities around the country establish their own Camp Good Days & Special Times.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 30, 2009

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July 30, 2009

I live in a rural area and at the time I was diagnosed there were not any cancer support groups where I lived. While I was going through my treatments a lady I worked with who volunteered at Camp asked me if I would like to attend Camp for the Women's Oncology Program. I was scared, not knowing what to expect at Camp, but I said I would try it. Well, it turned out to be THE BEST Support Group I could ever have found. The volunteers and the fellow campers have all been wonderful. I have gone to Camp for several years now and look forward to going again. Camp is my Support system as well as some of the wonderful ladies I have met there.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way it helped my heal emotionally. I am so glad I went to camp that first time and I continue to go when I can for additional contact and support with other cancer survivors.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be darned proud of myself for all the love, fun, caring and support I have given to so many people who have benefited from Camp.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it gave me hope and encouragement to live. That I was not the only person with cancer and that I could survive this dreadful disease with the support of staff, volunteers and fellow campers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the BEST. The staff and volunteers are so in tune with peoples feelings. They always make everyone feel special. They are so helpful if anyone needs anything. They take time to talk to people one on one. Give the emotional support a person needs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help alot more people that could use the support that Camp gives.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed a few more days and spent more time with the other campers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funds to keep Camp going for the many people who need to attend camp. Unfortunately, the need for Camp will never go away.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I truly appreciate Camp Good Days and Special Times. It has helped me more than it knows. I cannot thank the staff or volunteers enough for what they have given me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

July 30, 2009

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July 30, 2009

I came to know of Camp Good Days through a simple donation of a pair of Buffalo Sabres tickets. The heartfelt response I received from Camp made me want to learn more about them and donate more whenever I could. I've since been able to to do that, have gotten to know more people involved with Camp and attended their annual Black Tie Gala in June. It was at that event where my wife and I sat with others who were generally our age, and parents as well, but were there for a different reason...some of their children were battling cancer, and Camp had become an enormous part of their lives. We spent the night shedding many tears while listening to the incredible stories that have made Camp what it is today, and came away so inspired by all of our new acquaintances; their strength, their belief, their hope. It was truly an amazing night that left us wanting to do all we can in the future to make sure that Camp will always be there for those in need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the families who are affected by childhood cancer. Words simply cannot describe what Camp Good Days has meant to them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

say thank you and shake the hands of every single employee and volunteer that has made Camp Good Days what it has become over the past 30 years. You are all truly amazing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the smiles on the faces of the children they help. Smiles that may not have happened had it not been for Camp.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the kind that every non-profit could only dream of having.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

ensure that even more families would find a way to enjoy cherished times during even the worst of times.

Ways to make it better...

I could donate even more time and money to this cause.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

reaching their annual funding goals in these difficult economic times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Camp Good Days is something that Western New York should be truly proud of.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 30, 2009

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July 30, 2009

Camp Good Days of Rochester, NY is an excellent program for children and their families dealing with illness. The staff is always awesome and the Camp is truly a God Send.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication of staff and volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, helpful, caring and down to earth.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

There is no other place like this very special camp. I've going as a camper for many many years now. I hope to go for many more. All the volunteers are special and caring people. I go for the woman's oncology programs. I have learned to do so many things at camp. I also have wonderful bonding friends. I never feel like I'm different just because I had cancer. Rather I'm treated so special!! My husband and I are volunteers as well. We want to give back since these dear people have given me so much.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

How wonderful everyone is treated.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've enjoyed everything about this special place.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The most generous and kind people I've ever known.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have more week ends to have people have the same great time I have had.

Ways to make it better...

I wouldn't change anything. Everything is great!!

One thing I'd also say is that...

It's the best place in the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

Dear Friends, It is my honor and privilege to share with you my family’s experience with Camp Good Days and Special Times. I’d like to give you a glimpse inside a bereaved cancer family and the impact that Camp can have on a family like ours. Six years ago, I knew nothing of Camp. I had heard little bits of information here and there, from publicity. I had a vague idea that Camp had something to do with cancer. Maybe that is the reason that I chose never to look further into Camp. After all, who wants to think about cancer? On February 2, 2003, our middle child, three-year-old Natalie, was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma, an extremely aggressive form of childhood cancer. Natalie was extremely ill at the time of diagnosis, therefore my husband, Bob, and I both stayed at the hospital with her, 24/7. This left our younger son, Erik (then 2 ½ years old) and our older daughter, Emily (then 6 ½) in the care of their grandparents. Emily was especially close to her little sister, and was terribly unhappy during our long absence. Natalie’s social worker suggested the services of Camp Good Days to help Emily cope with the situation. Em’s first camp activity was going to Chuck E. Cheese in May of 2003. My husband stayed in the hospital with Natalie, while I took Emily to Chuck E. Cheese. I watched Em run and play with her counselor. I tried to figure out what was so different about Emily that evening. Then it hit me. For the first time in months, Emily was smiling! Emily was actually happy!! In June 2003, Natalie’s cancer worsened despite the fact that she was in treatment at the time. Our family decided to try one more round of chemo drugs to buy a little time. Em, Erik and I were scheduled to go to the Camp Good Days family picnic on Saturday, June 14, 2003. Originally Bob was planning on staying home with Natalie. But Natalie woke on that day feeling relatively good. We called the hospital for blood work results. Unexpectedly, Natalie had a high enough white blood cell count to be safe around people. Camp staff was more than happy to accommodate our bigger-than-expected party at the picnic. Natalie had a great time – a really and truly good day. She got her face painted, decorated cookies, got a special balloon fishing pole with a fishie balloon from a talented balloon artist, made tons of crafts and even won a gift basket. We knew that Natalie’s time was limited, so we made the most of the next few days. We celebrated Father’s Day and went to the Zoo. All the photos from these precious few days show the same, smiling Natalie, wearing the same deep golden yellow camp shirt. Natalie had so much fun at Camp that she refused to take her camp t-shirt off for several days. She saved her name tag sticker from the picnic, and we still have that sticker today. Natalie died on June 30th, 2003, only sixteen days after attending Camp. Our family will never forget the special times we all shared that day. After Natalie died, we assumed that we’d no longer be eligible for Camp services. We were very wrong. Camp is one of the few agencies that continues its services after the child dies, which can be the most difficult time for a family. Camp was there for us shortly after Natalie passed away, giving us a memento keepsake box to hold Natalie’s most treasured items. The box is in her bedroom and contains her pacifier, the charm bracelet from her doctor, and the Cinderella lip gloss given to Natalie by one of her favorite nurses at the hospital. The middle drawer of Natalie’s dresser still holds her neatly folded camp t-shirt. Camp was there for us when I just couldn’t decorate eggs for Easter in 2004. Easter egg coloring had always been a special tradition, and I simply couldn’t do it with one child missing, even though the remaining children really wanted to. Can you imagine the surprise and sense of relief when my kids showed me their ‘treasures’, including colored eggs, when leaving the Camp Easter party? My guilt was gone. I was no longer a “bad mom”, just a sad mom and that was okay. Camp was there when it was Natalie’s fourth birthday, and she was no longer on earth to celebrate it with us. Camp gave us a beautiful angel memorial gift on a day that few others in our family even dared to acknowledge. Camp was there for our daughter during her illness. Camp was there for us when our daughter died. Camp was there for us, both bereaved parents and bereaved siblings, as we struggled through the dense grief fog of fresh and recent loss. And Camp remains here for our entire family each and every day as we remember Natalie and as we continue to live a ‘new normal’ life without her. Our family considers the volunteers at camp to be incredibly selfless people, saints, in a manner of speaking. Erik especially loved Camp Good Days Junior Day Camp, which he attended each summer, until this year when he turned eight and went to "big camp" (overnight camp). Some of his day camp counselors had taken their summer vacation time from work in order to volunteer at camp. When I tell them how grateful I am, they tell me that they get much more from the week than the campers do. It is hard for me to imagine that, or to comprehend their kindness and the sacrifice of their time. Our family also thinks about Camp’s supporters and benefactors. Most of these are anonymous, nameless and faceless people to us. Still, our family remembers all of them and includes them in our prayers. We’ve been told that people admire us for ‘doing well’ in our circumstances. I’m not sure about that, or about the definition of ‘well’. I just know that we have done better with Camp than we would ever do without Camp. I hate cancer and all that it does to families. I am deeply saddened that the disease exists and that there is a need for Camp and its services. I use my energy and effort to help find a cure. But, for now, there is cancer. So every day I thank God for Camp Good Days. Sincerely, Diane, mom to Emily, Erik and angel Natalie

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my family and many others, and have encouraged others who qualify to join. Life is pretty rough when you lose a child to cancer. Camp helped me, my spouse and my remaining children to continue on.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue the awesome work they do. I bet lots of families would be willing to represent Camp to try to get some increased awareness in the community. Who could possibly resist donating to these fantastic kids if they saw Camp in action?

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing sick kids and kids who have an ill family member smile and laugh and really have fun, despite their circumstances.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, selfless, and fun. I never worried about my kids in the care of these people. They are competent and dedicated. Most of all, they know that these kids need a break from their woes, so they know how to help them just be kids again and have fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

My daughter just wrote a composition about this very topic. She wanted to go on "Deal or no Deal" and win $1mil and give it all to Camp so that more kids can be served and so that facilities can be expanded - like a waterpark on site at overnight camp!

Ways to make it better...

my younger daughter lived long enough to become more involved in Camp.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial. This is a tough economy. Also, people don't like to hear or even think about cancer, as if that will make them more suseptible to the disease. People find cancer depressing, and I think that makes them try to avoid thinking about Camp.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I understand the financial limitations of this organization, and i think they do a great job with what they have to work with. I just wish there were more locations so more families could benefit. If not that, I'd surely settle for a cure for cancer!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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