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September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

As a native Michiganian, I applaud this organization for their work. Camping is great fun in our beautiful state, and I'm happy to help fund this experience for children (and their families) who are struggling with or have survived this terrible disease.

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

Expand the program and facilities for more campers and their families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

I got involved with this organization by simply answering a newspaper ad. I always loved going away to camp when I was younger, and there was an ad in the paper looking for volunteers to be camp counselors for one week during the summer. I looked the organization up online and found out that I would be a one-on-one companion for a child that has or has had cancer. I thought this would be a fun week for me and a great way to reach out to a child. Little did I know, these children reached out to me. Every child that came to camp changed my life. To see these kids laughing and just "being kids" after everything they have gone through was great. They taught me to fully cherish life and to be thankful for all of the positive things. They taught me that if you concentrate on the hardships in life, you won't really live. I hope I have been able to give these kids a little of what they have given me. Camp Quality is the best organization I have ever been apart of. This camp proves to the kids that they are not alone (many times you will catch kids comparing scars or treatments) and it lets them get away from it all and have a great time. The kids can prove to themselves that they can do anything. One little girl that had cancer in her leg climbed a rock wall. One little girl that went blind from her cancer realized that she could do anything her peers can. What this camp gives to kids is priceless. They gain self-confidence, they don't feel "different" because they don't have hair, and they are all able to use each other and their companions as a support group.

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

the type of people you wish the world was filled with. I have never met a more passionate, enthusiastic, and loving group of people anywhere.

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

let more kids come to camp, let more families participate in weekend events, and there would be no limit to the activities we could have for the kids.

Ways to make it better...

there was a way to "cool down" after camp with the support of other volunteers. I wasn't ready for all of the emotions that hit me when camp ended and we all went home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

The 5 days at Camp Quality was an experience I will not forget. Make no mistake, it is a challenge to spend 24hrs. a day with a young person and keep them focused on all the activities and their medical requirements. However, seeing them laughing, running, playing jokes on you, and every once in a while opening up about their feelings made it all worthwhile. The courage of these kids is truly something to aspire to. I'm sincerely grateful for the time I spent at Camp Quality.

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

the people I worked with and the sense of team.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 27, 2009

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September 27, 2009

2009 was my second time volunteering at Camp Quality. To me, Camp Quality is something to look forward to. Campers get to look forward to this. Sometimes this is the only really big and awesome thing they get to do all year. Lifelong friendships are formed and every child is able to relate and have someone else that has shared their story. They come to camp and can be a normal, active kid. The slogan is 100 percent true. ("Letting kids with cancer be kids again") The week we spend with the campers is inspirational. As a companion, I feel as I get more from camp sometimes than a camper does. They build you up and inspire you as an adult, when its the campanion who is supposed to be doing that! The kids are amazing, and I will always remember every single one. They made an impact on me to want to keep coming and keep helping. Besides the inspirational factor, camp is also a blast! They get to do all sorts of awesome activities that keep you busy from sun up to after sun down! As having a crafy camper, the craft ladies are amazing. They have so many great ideas to keep us busy and so many choices of supplies! They are very helpful. Camp Quality is something I would like to always be involved with. It's a way to let a child who has gone through it all, be a kid again.

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

the campanion position.

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

I'm really very satisfied with it.

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

Letting my camper have a great week to remember all year and the inspiration she gives me.

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

Amazing, well-rounded individuals. Every single one brought something to the experience. Everyone cared and there was always someone there for you. No one judged. Its a week to just be silly and everyone was!

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

Expand and allow more kids to come to camp.

Ways to make it better...

I dont think my experience could have been any better. It was my second year with my camper and co-campanion. We all worked together great!

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

Keeping up the funds. Thankfully it seems as people have been very generous!

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

Overall I would say that this camp is amazing and I want to stay involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 27, 2009

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September 27, 2009

I am 67 years of age and 2009 was my first volunteer experience at Camp Quality on Walloon Lake, MI. I have known about Camp Quality and have wanted to be with their summer camp for many years, but was not able to participate until this year. I was a "floater" which gave me the ability to get to know every aspect of the camp. I filled in wherever necessary and whenever necessary. I loved doing this. (ie: companion fill in, running errands, cart driver, kitchen, nurses area etc.) I have volunteered with some of their year round activities also. The people are marvelous to work with and I am looking forward to next year.

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

the dedication of the staff and the fun loving campers

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

my kind of people

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

go on for ever for the children who need this experience

Ways to make it better...

I had been a little bit younger

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 25, 2009

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September 25, 2009

My daughter has attended Camp Quality for 11 years. She is currently 14 and counts down the days from her last day of camp to the first day next year. It provides her with such a wonderful and unique experience every year. Every time I pick her up she claims that "this was the best year ever". They also provide wonderful family and teen activities throughout the year. She really enjoys the winter ski weekend.

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

She has had several companions throughout the years and she has never been disappointed with any of them. They are all great and caring people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 25, 2009

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September 25, 2009

My daughter attended Camp Quality this summer for the first time. It was a wonderful experience for her. Because it was her first time away from home her brother was able to attend also. The both still ask me to return to camp. They had such a great time they wish they could go back camp now. As a parent you worry about your cancer kid especially when they are away from you. The staff at camp made me feel confortable leaving my child for the week. The staff was wonderful with my daughter. I couldn't ask for a better group of people to entrust my children with. Thank You Camp Quality!!!!!

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

My children attended Camp Quality. They give our cancer kids a chance to experience many of the activities regular kids do. The had a chance to just have fun and forget about the meds. and treatments that they endure to keep them alive.

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

There isn't anything I would change at the moment.

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

When I picked my kids up from camp they had so many wonderful stories to tell about their time away. I love hearing each and every one. The final presentation at pick up included a slideshow of their week. Really awesome.

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

Wonderful is all I can say about the volunteers and staff. They were a 100% there for our kids. Couldn't ask for a better group of people. My kids companions were very cool. The words of my son.

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

Bring joy to so many more kids like my daughter. Kids who have spent so much of their lives fight to just survive. For one short week they can just LIVE and be normal kids.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of a thing that I would change. Camp Quality is doing a wonderful job.

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

Finding individual and corporate funding to continue the work Camp Quality does and to expand it. With the economy being as it is I really think funding is their biggest challenge.

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

Thank You Camp Quality.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 25, 2009

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September 25, 2009

I have been a volunteer for Camp Quality Michigan for 13 years and I look forward to spending time with my camp family any chance I get. I can honestly say that my time at camp has been life changing. Camp has taught me what really matters in life.. not the quantity of years that we are alive, but the QUALITY of life we LIVE. Camp Quality gives kids dealing with cancer a chance to be kids.. a chance to experience things they would otherwise miss out on because of their illness. It is truly a privilege to volunteer for this organization, and as long as my life allows, I will continue this commitment. They are my second family, need I say more? :)

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

my personal relationship with campers and their families. Camp Quality is a YEAR ROUND support network to the kids and their families. I've been to birthday parties, hospitals, family functions and sometimes.. sadly.. funerals. It's a family.

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

The friendships I have made both with campers and volunteers. They are truly amazing!

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

the kinds of people you would hope you'd see more of in this world. The kinds of people that I wish I could see more of throughout the year.

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

Afford to build their own camp facility so they didn't have to rely on renting and working around other camps schedules. Open more facilities throughout our nation. Support kids with cancer with personal expenses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 24, 2009

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September 24, 2009

Since my oldest daughter, Emma, had been diagnosed with cancer, we didn't have an opportunity to let her and her sister go and do many things. Camp Quality Michigan was just awesome!!! It is a wonderful camp that allows children of cancer to be with other children who are going through the same thing. This was the first time that my daughters had ever been to camp. They loved it. They talked about it for weeks. How much they loved their companions, the food, the activities. The experience they had there provided them with independence, self confidence, and memories that they will never forget. One week after camp, they were already talking about attending next year's Camp Quality Michigan. THANK YOU CAMP QUALITY MICHIGAN FOR A WONDERFUL SUMMER!!!

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

the Camp Quality Michigan 2009 that my daughters attended. They had a great time!

Ways to make it better...

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...

that it is very well organized and efficient. This organization made it such a wonderful experience for the whole family.

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

were kind, considerate, and compassionate. My husband and I were very comfortable in leaving them for the first time with all the support and attention they received.

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

open more camps and make many more kids with illnesses have wonderful memories.

Ways to make it better...

my daughter's companion could have called the first night or so to let us know that everything was alright.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 23, 2009

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September 23, 2009

I'm a widowed mom whose only child just finished 3 1/2 years of chemotherapy. Camp Quality has been invaluable to both my son & me. Their summer camp for cancer kids not only gives the kids a great experience, but provides respite for parents, knowing that our kids are OK w/proper medical oversight, while we get much-needed time to tend to other pressing matters (including an occassional nap!).

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

having respite during Kids' Camp week, and enjoying family events w/other families stricken w/childhood cancer.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide it w/ an endowment.

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

being able to escape now & then the gloom of childhood cancer, including respite.

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

concerned, caring, efficient, and many have somehow also been touched by childhood catastrophic illnesses, including death.

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

provide a lot more families w/ a lot more care.

Ways to make it better...

Camp Quality had more funds to enable all kids/families to participate in their camps & events, all of which are provided to us free of charge.

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

financial.

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

my son & I are very lucky to have learned about CQ through another leukemia mom.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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