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September 23, 2009

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September 23, 2009

My family has been continually touched by Camp quality. We were first told about this camp after my daughters second relapse with ALL Luekemia.I was a little apprehensive letting her stay away from home that very first time-But her experience was so uplifting and it helped her independency so much, that all the camp activities became our family staple that we planned our year around.I also thought it exceptional that siblings were included, family's suffer so much through the years of difficult treatment, mine so much that we experienced a divorce.This made Camp Quality even more theaputic for my children.Its wonderful to get with other families to share our experiences and mutual concerns.Camp Quality is truely filled with a fantasic, loving "family" that touches the lives of so very many.... thanks so very Much to All!!! Sienna Miller's Family

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

very curtious and very well trained for the kids, many have continued to say in touch with kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 22, 2009

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September 22, 2009

Camp Quality - North Camp has been a blessing in our sons life. He loves all of the volunteers and friends and is already planning for next year. The camp program has extended itself to us and we get to go on special ski weekend and adventures a couple times a year. Often this get away is the only one we allow for all year. We are so grateful to everyone that donates and volunteers their time to this fantastic organization. My son has been a return camper for the past 6 years and we have never felt disappointed in his experience. Even in his first year, while in the middle of chemotherapy the camp kept him safe and allowed us to have peace of mind, that if only for a week he was going to be a regular kid for a week.

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

genuine and giving.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 21, 2009

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September 21, 2009

I first went to Camp Quality when I was 16 in 2008. I had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in my salivary gland called adenocystic carcinoma when I was 15 in May of 2007. I was in treatment the entire summer, but the following summer was awesome, going to Camp Quality and meeting so many people that I could actually relate to. Going through cancer in the middle of my high school career was very difficult, but I remained friends with many of the people I had been to camp with. Talking to them really helped pull me around and to realize that I wasn't alone. The people who worked so hard to make those 2 weeks possible are truly my heroes and my angels. That one week of freedom from cancer and doctors and hospitals and tests and treatments was truly a God-send. Cancer changed my life forever, in both good and bad ways. Cancer was not good, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. But my response to cancer has transformed my life, and Camp Quality was a very important part of that.

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

I attended camp for 2 years and it is safe to say that Camp Quality changed my life. I plan on being a companion in years to come.

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

I met people who understood what I was going through, and was able to be normal for a week.

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

the staff are true angels, and my companion, Jammie, will be a friend for life, I am sure.

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

help more kids like me who had no place that felt normal and would be able to be a normal kid for a week.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 19, 2009

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September 19, 2009

Camp Quality is an amazing program! My daughter is in remission from Leukemia and has been attending camp at Camp Quality for 6 years now and loves it! I have never met more dedicated individuals as the staff and companions with Camp Quality, their events throughout the year that include the family and allow the siblings to have a fun time is a terrific idea. The individual pairing of each child with a companion is a great idea and my daughter loves to communicate with her companion throughout the year. They now have 2 camps in Michigan which allows more children to attend camp but does make it harder to get space in the family outings. I would highly recommend any parent of a child with cancer to send your child to Camp Quality and rest assured that they are well taken care of and in good hands!

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

Dedicated and really love what they are doing - they do everything they possibly can to make the children feel special and to let them just be kids for at least 1 week!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 18, 2009

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September 18, 2009

We were able to send our daughter to Camp Quality last year for the first time.. From the beginning, I knew that this was a great place!! She had the time of her life!! She can't wait to go back next year... but this time she told me that she wants to "stay the whole summer!! " Thank you again!

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

by all the stories my daugther was able to share with me when she came home!

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

nothing!

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

my daughter loved it and wants to go back next summer!

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

OUTSTANDING!!

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

be awesome!!

Ways to make it better...

it could be the whole summer like my daughter wants!! Just kidding!!

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

the children that are home sick.. let them be able to call home if they want.

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

it is a wonderful place!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 16, 2009

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September 16, 2009

I am writing on behalf of my 8-year old daughter. When we first picked her up from camp, her enthusiasm of everything she did that week made me speechless. This program and all of the volunteers had made a special week for my daughter that she still talks about today. The pictures that were taken that week was so awsome to look at and should how much fun she had. I marveled at the amount of different opportunities she was given. How many camps can offer a child to go horseback riding, fishing, swimming, crafts, dancing, archery, ride up in a hot air balloon, zip line, and playing in inflatables. All in the same week! Hats off the the camp coordinators and volunteers on giving my daughter a week to remember! As for myself, I did wonder every day what she was doing (what parent would not). Although, I did not benefit from the emails because I was not at home and did not have internet where I was, I knew she would be in capable hands just from my first visit. This gave me a week to relax without worrying whether I remembered to give my daughter her medicine.

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

allowing us as a family to focus on something besides cancer. Until one has a child that has cancer, it could be difficult to understand the emotional toll it leaves on the family.

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

giving opportunities to my daughter that shows her strenghts in overcoming scary situations.

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

extremly friendly, ready to help when needed, and the obviousness of loving every bit of their role as a volunteer.

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

Services this program offers gives a relief to the families by giving a little bit of happiness. Wouldn't it be great is more families could benefit from a dark period in their life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 12, 2009

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September 12, 2009

I’m a typical seventeen years old. I have lots of friends, I play sports, and I try my best in school. Most people don’t realize that when I was about half of my age that I am now I became ill with a life threatening disease. My name is Sarah Hoffman and when I was eight years old I was diagnosed with a cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).When you’re eight years old you don’t know much about cancer. All I knew is that I could die. So through the long months of chemo, losing hair, and not having enough energy to do much I started getting my strength back. Things were looking good. I was in remission, I was getting peach fuzz on my head, and I was having fun. My mom and I still had to go to the hospital for check ups, but while we were there my mom started talked to another boy’s mom (she’s a typical mom). Now this mom started talking to my mom about a cancer camp that her son will be going to over the summer. This camp is called Camp Quality. I never even knew there was such a thing. My mom told me about it, and I, being the outgoing third grader I was, couldn’t say no. I was so excited. I had only been to one other camp before and I had a blast. August came around and I made it to camp. I was nine my first year and was eager to get started on the fun. A normal routine day at camp is everyone gets up, and we go to the flag raising. We have breakfast and when we’re done we get to go have fun. We do pretty much what we want. Camp Quality has all kinds of activities for all the campers from age four to eighteen can do. My first year I mostly did archery. They have ceramics, arts and crafts, horse back riding, frog catching, the occasional rock climbing, and on two of the days we have baseball games with former Detroit Tiger players. After all the fun, it is lunch time. Then we all take a rest around one o’clock. Not only is it a state law, but because all of us campers have so much fun, we like to have a nap. After our hour of relaxation we are energized and ready to go play again. Pretty much all of those same activities are provided for us. We go have dinner then there is a camp activity set up. Each night is different, but we always have at least two camp fires. Then it’s time for a night time snack and we all go to bed. On one night we have a dance, and it is a blast, and the night before we have a teen night. The teens either go bowling for putt-putt golfing. So I’ve listed all this great things Camp Quality has in store for us so you’re probably wondering who watches us. Well, each camper is assigned at least one companion. The camp staff tries to pair up similar personalities so the campers can have the time of their life. You also might think, “Hey, wait. These are cancer kids. Don’t they need medicine?” Yes. Some of us “cancer kids” need to take medicine. Camp Quality gets professionally trained nurses and doctors to volunteer at camp so we can all have fun and stay healthy at the same time. All my years I’ve had great times, but don’t just think Camp Quality is just a week long event during the summer. Camp Quality works hard all year round. Not only does the staff work to keep ideas going to get ready for camp, but they also plan weekend events about every other month. There is a trip to Kalahari Water Park in September and we all have fun. We have a reunion in November to get our “year books” and see our friends. They tell us the theme for next year also. Yes we have themes and they get better and better every year. January there is a teen winter camp where the teens go to Boyne Mountain to ski, and then in February there is a family winter weekend when a camper’s entire family goes to Challenge Mountain to ski. Camp Quality has another weekend event for families in May where we go to CMU where we just hang out. Our last event before August for out week long camp is in June. It is the teen camp at Beaver Island. They year I turned thirteen and went to Beaver Island is the year I met most of my friends from camp. I connect so much with them. We always have a great time together, and we have an inseparable bond that no one can understand. We look at life differently than most teenagers do. We know life has value, and we appreciate all the little things that come into our lives. Because we find friends that totally understand us we also find our sole mate or at least I did. I met my boyfriend two and a half years ago. He has only been going to camp for two years, but those two years he loved. We’ve been dating for a year and a half to this day. Unfortunately something terrible happened this summer. Doctors discovered his brain tumor came back. Now I don’t know exactly what is going to happen to him, but at one point the doctors said he’s not going to make it. Lately they have been more positive. I know him, and I know he’s not ready to go. He wants to come back to camp next year and be a companion to some little boy. He has so much fun at camp. All of our camp friends, he, and I always have so much fun when we are together. There is no telling what is going to happen next. No matter what happens though, I will always be apart of this CQ family. I love them all dearly, and this is one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me.I was also able to share this exprecience with a close friend of mine who i knew before she got sick. Last summer one of my best friends had a brain tumor and the first thing she thought of when she found out is that she wanted to come to camp with me. I talk about it all the time and she knows how much fun i have that i couldnt wait to share the experience with her. she had a blast and we all had a great time. This family is the one that will stick with me through thick and thin. They are the best.

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

meeting life long friends. these people understand me and its the greatest feeling in the world. Even outside of camp events, even though some of us live far away, we try to get together and hang out. its a blast.

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

the nicest people i've ever met. The nurses were great and made sure i always felt well along with taking my medicine. The kitchen staff is great and we all love the food they make. You can't forget the directors. They make this whole experience possible.

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

do just about anything, but our camp isnt about the money. its about the love and the friendships that we make through all of our difficult journeys.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 11, 2009

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September 11, 2009

I am 8 years old with cancer! This was my first ever camp experience.... I was scared BUT my mom was a nervous wreck!!! She was afraid that I should NOT go anywhere while I was sick. Then she realized that this was a SPECIAL CAMP where all the kids had cancer and the staff was comprised of SPECIAL, LOVING, CARING and TRAINED adults who all knew about cancer. Camp was awesome! We had flag raising ceremonies, free gifts and stuffed animals,t-shirts, great food, fishing, horse back riding, baseball with the Detroit Tiger players, ziplines, Remax hot air ballon rides, special theme events, camp fire singing and s'mores, canoeing, swimming, craft sessions, a bungee race AND MUCH MORE.... I made many new friends and realized that a Camp Quality week allowed me to forget that I had cancer! Who cares about an illness when all you can think of is.... FUN, FUN, FUN!!! Go Camp Quality!!! OK, now I am home again, back to reality. But wait... .... I can deal with the reality of life with cancer because I get to go to Camp Quality again in just 310 days from today!!!! Thank you to the entire staff at Camp Quality. Love, Devin Statetzny

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

friendly, knowledgeable, outgoing, FUN, crazy, happy...... They are my new friends for life!

Ways to make it better...

My experience could NOT have been better! Camp Quality is the best place on earth!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 10, 2009

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September 10, 2009

This was our daughter's second year at Camp Quality. It is by far the best thing that has happened for her. She was diagnosed with melanoma a year and a half ago and has successfully completed treatment. At camp she is just one of the kids and not a "special case" as she sometimes feels at school. The companions are extraordinary and the camp is run so every kid can do as much as they possibly can. We also do several special outings organized by the camp throughout the year. I wish I could offer some "constructive criticism", but quite honestly it is the best run organization I have ever been involved with.

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

The way it made my daughter feel

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

Extraordinary. The staff is highly professional and the companions are loving, fun people.

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

Help a lot more kids with cancer be just kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 9, 2009

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September 9, 2009

My son has been attending Camp Quality for 4 years, since he was first diagnosed with cancer. Every year exeeds his expectations and ensures fun and friendship. Camp Quality does such a great job of letting the kids just be kids and have fun. At camp he is able to be just a kid with no judgement from anyone. He has formed great friendships and bonds with other campers, companions, and staff. The day camp is over with he starts looking forward to the next year!

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

watching my son enjoy an look forward to camp every year.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them unlimited resources.

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

seeing how truly caring all of the volunteers are an how much the staff cares about the kids.

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

Caring, compassionate, fun

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

Make a lot more children with cancer experience the joy of just being a kid.

Ways to make it better...

Not Possible!!!

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

Space, money

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

Camp Quality is AWESOME!!!

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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