September 7, 2013
Camp Okizu has been a place my kids have longed to be every summer. My middle daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 18 months old. She started going to camp Okizu when she was 7 years old. She has been fighting cancer relapse her whole life. She is now 20 years old and is a 13 year veteran camper, never missed a year. The past two years she has gone back as an adult and volunteered her time at Camp Okizu's family camp. Her older sister also attended camp her entire childhood and also went back to volunteer as an adult for two years in a row. Her younger brother, now 15, has also been going since he was a baby (family camp with us), and to siblings camp since he was 7 years old. He loves it so much, he cant wait to volunteer at Camp Okizu like his sisters when he grows up. The kids have always felt loved, safe, supported, understood and carefree at camp. Its a place to belong, let go, have fun. The zip-lining, archery, crafts, boating, hiking, swimming, fishing, camp songs, dances, sharing time, friendships made, awesome fun counselors, fart contests, sleeping under the stars, and Tajar sightings, are just a few of the amazing memories that will last a life time. Camp Okizu is part of the fabric of our lives. Its whats made the most scary thing ever(cancer) into not so scary. We are forever grateful. Its an experience that makes you want to give back & a beautiful blessing.
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