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September 8, 2009

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September 8, 2009

This is my second year as a golf cart driver and I have as much fun as the campers. It is a pure joy to watch these campers riding horses, flying down the zip line or just laughing with other kids. I know two little campers who can melt your heart with a look, they like to ride around on a golf cart and I love taking them. The staff and companions are great people with big hearts, I am proud to be a part of this organization.

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

hard working with big hearts and a real desire to make sure every camper had the experience of a lifetime.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 8, 2009

The Camp Quality "family" is an extraordinary group of individuals. From the campers, our inspiration, to the staff and volunteers, there could not be a more wonderful group of people! Camp is not just a week in the summer; it is a year-long support system. I have served as a companion at camp for five summers and I am continually amazed at the amount of love and support found at camp.

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

getting to know the kids. They are true heroes.

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

some of the most loving, generous people I have ever met.

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

serve more kids!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 8, 2009

As a first year volunteer at the Michigan North Camp, I enjoyed this experience very much, as it provided a glimpse into many different facets of the camp, as well as an opportunity to get acquianted with many other staff members, volunteers and campers. I felt this was an extremely well run camp and was so impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the staff and campers alike. There was a tremendous amount of planning and coordinating involved, and I commend the staff for a job well done...from hot air balloon rides to the high ropes couse/climbing wall to playing ball with some former Detroit Tigers players. The experience was fun and rewarding, and I'm already looking forward to next year.

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

amazing - Jim Baird, our director, lost a leg to childhood cancer at age 12 and demonstrates to other amputees that it hasn't slowed him down a bit...he maintains his sense of humor and pulls some cute pranks with his prosthesis!

Ways to make it better...

It hadn't rained!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 8, 2009

I HAD VOLUNTEERED WITH THE BARNARD GRANGE THE PAST 6 YEARS, AND DECIDED TO BE A FULL TIME VOLUNTEER THIS YEAR, A DECISION I WILL NEVER REGRET...I WAS A DAY FLOATER AT THE NORTH CAMP, I MADE RUNS INTO PETOSKEY FOR NEEDED SUPPLIES, DROVE THE GOLF CARTS FOR A DAY, BUT SPENT MOST OF MY TIME IN THE KITCHEN...THE DAY I DROVE THE GOLF CARTS I HAD THE PRIVLEGE OF TAKING ONE OF THE KIDS CONFINED IN A WHEEL CHAIR TO THE ZIP LINE...I STAYED AND WATCHED HER DO HER FLIGHT..THEY HOOKED HER UP AND SHE TOOK OFF FROM THE PLATFORM AND SPREAD HER ARMS AND LEGS LIKE SHE WAS FLYING..WITH LOTS OF LAUGHS..HOW WONDERFUL THAT WE COULD GIVE HER THOSE MOMENTS OF FREEDOM...I SAW THIS SAME CHILD LATER AT DINNER AND ASK HER HOW MANY TIMES SHE WENT ON THE ZIP LINE AND SHE GAVE ME A GREAT BIG SMILE AND SAID 4...THE HOLE EXPERIENCE WAS VERY UPLIFTING FOR ME, EXPECIALLY TO SEE THE KIDS HAVING SUCH A GOOD TIME...I THINK THE NORTH CAMP LOTS OF KUDOS FOR SUCH A FINE PROGRAM FOR THOSE KIDS...

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

HOW WELL ORGANIZED THEY ARE AND HOW WELL THINGS RAN DURING THE WEEK

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

VERY KIND TO THE KIDS, GIVING OF THEIR TIME,AND VERY FRIENDLY

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

OFFER THIS EXPERIENCE TO MORE KIDS

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 8, 2009

This was the first year that I got involved with Camp Quality. Going into it I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I was so overwelmed efforts of the staff and volunteer to help to make an incrediable week for the children. There were so many didn't activies going on each day. There was never a dull moment. The children really enjoyed escaping to camp and forgetting about the worries in their lifes I have never seen so many kids as happy in my life. Camp Quality is truely something special!

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

August 2009

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

everything was made possible through donations.

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

truely amazing individuals.

Ways to make it better...

nothing could have been better it was a perfect week...expect maybe the weather a few days.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I became involved with Camp Quality after my grandson was a camper back in 2003 and he was so excited and had such a great experience at the age of 6. The next year I became involved as a companion and also got my best friend to come and we have been coming every since. This was our sixth year at camp this past August. We are both part of the kitchen staff and thoroughly enjoy seeing the kids have such a great time getting together with other campers they have met over the years who keep coming back year after year and meeting new campers. The companions are matched up so well with their camper and they surely have a good time since there is so much for the kids to do at camp. I, myself, enjoy getting together with other companions, campers and staff each year and see how the kids have grown and that they are still part of the Camp Quality family.

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

Seeing the campers keep coming back year after year and thoroughly enjoy their time at camp and watching them grow up.

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

The staff and volunteers are so committed to the jobs at camp and thoroughly enjoy each minute at camp. Everyone is so friendly and have made some great friends at camp.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 8, 2009

My son attends Camp Quality and it truly is an amazing organization. He has made some incredible friends here and they are the most kind hearted people you will ever ecounter. They are so good to the kids and really take their time with them. He will always love going there, and truly appreciates the experiences he has at camp.

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the best I have ever encountered. My son goes to other camps, but none compare with the quality at camp quality. They really do stand up to the QUALITY in their name. The kids have a one on one experience that is unforgettable. It has never been matched.

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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September 8, 2009

My experience at CQ has been AWSOME!! I get to go and have fun and not have to worry about my cancer and limitations. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and my camp companion is the best!!

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

all the help and fun it provides to kids with cancer

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

all the fun I have with my camp companion

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

very friendly and helpful

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

help more kids with cancer

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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CQ is for children who are going through cancer treatment, children who are cancer survivors and siblings. These children lose their childhood. Their wks, months and years are at best filled with endless pokes, medication, separation (from school, siblings and friends) and isolation. A cancer diagnosis has such a tragic effect on the whole family unit. My 7 yr old son who is a leukemia survivor and my 5 yr old son went to CQ for the 1st time this summer. Families who go thru this lose all stability in this world; often times financial as well. This camp is FREE! The kids were a little hesitant to go... as they have both had severe separation issues as my oldest son was hospitalized 237 days in 2006 and the younger one was often left with caregiviers :( Trust me these parents DESPERATELY need a break!!! and that is what they get!! There are trained nurses at the camp; and the most amazing part is EVERY camper gets a 1:1 companion for the entire wk!!! :) they try to match each child's interests with that of their companion (18 & up, trained, & background check) This was one of the most amazing things i've ever been involved with!!! Truly!!! The kids had such a blast and got to forget about everything for just a few days and be kids again!!! They had everything you could imagine there for them! Round the clock activities and crafts... water sports and fun, pony rides, police, fire, helicopters, motorcycles, camp fires & silly songs, talent contest, birdhouse making, rocket making and launching... i really could go on & on & on!! The camp sent updates and pics nightly to tell us how our kids were doing and what they were up to! When we pick the kids up they have all the parents stay to watch a slideshow of the wk and have a picnic. It was absolutely magical to see the life, joy and careless laughter of these children so beaten and maimed by this deadly disease. My precious 5 year old who has been in a shell since his brother was diagnosed 3 years ago had a blue & green mohawk when i came to pick him up!! He was grinning from ear to ear!! He had found joy! and confidence and happiness!!! i was soo proud that he had conquered his fear of separation from his parents and thrived in this loving environment! Words cannot be used to explain the love and gratitude in my heart for the people who put this together; "Letting Kids With Cancer Be Kids Again!" is their motto, and i believe they are achieving this goal 110%!!! Even in writing this i get teared up thinking about the kids... some have only wks or months left... others may go on to live a fairly healthy life. But this is a bright light of HOPE and LOVE in the most dark dungeon you can imagine. CQ also has events yr round (4 i believe) to keep the campers & companions in touch with each other! Last year we went to a snow wknd they had and the boys loved going down the hill on the sled. This fall they have a water wknd in a hotel water park. The boys are beyond thrilled!!! And the best part is it is FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the kids have literally lost a couple yrs of their lives with this monster called cancer... and these little outtings truly bring joy and peace into a family that has just not been able to experience these things in a long time. GOD BLESS CAMP QUALITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and everyone who is a part of this organization!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are kids that were put on a waiting list to go to camp this year that were denied :( For all of the heartbreak and pain these kids go through my hope and prayer is that the funding is there to allow each child the opportunity to just be a kid again... if only for 1 wk a year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

the elation and joy seen on my own boys faces, and those of all the other kids after their week at camp. It allows kids that couldn't "normally" have these experiences to have them (ex.) disabled child riding a zipline or a horse)

Ways to make it better...

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

increase their staff and budget so they could serve all the kids, and not have to turn any families away :(

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

The dark shadows on these kids faces replaced by joy, confidence and hope!

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

kind, fun, open hearted and loving

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

spread much much hope in this world - replace loneliness and despair with FUN and ENJOY! there is much healing that takes place with laughter!!!

Ways to make it better...

no complaints - really was perfect

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

monetary resources

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

i would encourage any one with any interest in this organization to consider being a companion for a wk for one of these children. you will never be the same.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 7, 2009

Camp Quality has changed my life forever. My first time I went to camp I was a very shy girl and did not knowing anyone. I made friends immediately because everyone is so friendly. The one on one camper companion ration really makes everyone feel special. These kids who have gone through such a traumatic event now have all attention on them. And for their parents, they get a break for a week, knowing their children are safe and taken care of. My camper has attended the camp for over 10 years where I have only attended twice. Both of us enjoy the new special events that happen every year. At points she feels like she has done everything and then we discover a new activity she has never tried. Camp Quality has taught me patience, understanding, sympathy, strength, flexibility and so much more. I tear up thinking about the joy these children experience when at camp. Camp isn’t just a week long experience, it is for life! My camper has made best friends that she sees regularly outside of camp. This year I ran every morning of camp to stay in shape. One morning I got the opportunity to run with a 17 year old cancer survivor. I felt so empowered and she pushed me to my limit and made me a better person and a better runner. My favorite experience was during the memorial service. I was having a hard time dealing with a loss of one of last year’s campers. One of the 8 year old cancer survivors turned around in her seat, saw that I was crying and held my hand. The strength of this child blows my mind. I am a relatively healthy person and this little girl who has gone through so much, comforted me when I was crying. I still am shocked by this event. It most likely meant nothing to her, she just wanted me to feel better, but I will NEVER forget that moment, EVER. Camp quality has also given me tools to deal with death. This is a very important part of camp. It shows me they know how I feel and care about my emotional health, while at camp and while away from camp. I have told hundreds of people about my experiences. This camp has also led me to a career as a Child Life Specialist. I am currently pursuing a degree in Child Life, focusing on play as an important role in hospitalization. This camp is the ultimate Child Life experience. At work, I bring crafts to children waiting for doctors or deliver toys to children that need something to do during long doctor’s appointments. When I receive my degree, I will be distracting children during procedures, helping the child and family deal with the illness, and aiding in the process of bereavement. This camp has showed me how important the role of play has on children dealing with cancer. I plan to take everything I have learned and use it in my career. I am from the Chicago suburbs, one of the only volunteers from out of state and I drive 7-8 hours to get to camp. This year I had one day in between the last day of camp and the first day of school (University of Iowa). Driving 12 hours in a 24 hours period was tough but so worth it. I wouldn’t miss camp for anything! I encourage everyone to get involved with something they love and this is mine. I love the smiles and the joy radiating from the children who attend Camp Quality Michigan. This year we had the most people ever at camp and everyone is included. I look forward to the next year as I drive off the campground on my way home from camp!

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

Meeting people that care about others and want to help children. Also, the happiness I see when the children are at camp warms my heart all year round.

Ways to make it better...

I had taken advantage of the floaters that are there to help the companions when they need a break from their camper. They were always available but I felt guilty at the time for needing a break from my camper.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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