BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation, Inc.
July 3, 2010
BASE Camp gave me my life back!... I was ten years old, diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (Cancer of the bone in my knee), laying in a hospital bed, undergoing multiple rounds of Chemotherapy -which removed all my hair (from every area of my body), and left me dredfully sick majority of the time. In addition, I was devastated by the fact that my 'entire' leg had recently been amputated up to my mid-thigh due to Cancer doctors found in my knee the size of a pea! To this day, I wonder the reason all my friends abandoned me. Was it because of my physical appearance, the fact that I had lost a leg and was no longer the athlete I once was, or just the fact that they didn't understand my situation and fled from fear. Regardless the reason, I felt alone, less of a person, depressed, and hopeless. This feeling was taking a negative toll on my body, as the chemo was already attacking my immune system! As I felt the little life I did have was taken away from me.
Just as I reached my lowest point, Terry and BASE Camp entered my life. (-She later expressed to me how the distress of my situation reflected on my face!) Terry, and BASE Camp were the best thing that could have ever happened to me! They accepted me, EVEN with my bald head, and one leg, and made me feel as though there was nuthing even wrong with me!?! Finally, I felt not only human, but like a regular kid again!!
I looked forward to going...ESCAPING to the monthly outings with BASE Camp where there were other kids going through what I was going through, and helping me get through it! It became my home, and family away from home. They provided the perfect support system and restored my lifes momentum!!
Subsequently, after finishing my rounds of Chemo treatments and physical therapy, I began volunteering for BASE Camp sharing my story with newly diagnosed patients. It brought an emense amount of self-fulfillment everytime I had the opportunity to do for others what BASE Camp had done for me. I had given up the will to pursue life, but BASE Camp brought it back to me. I am so appreciative to have had such an ongoing support system not only for me, but for my family as well! And for that, I am eternally gratful. Thanks BASE Camp!!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have experienced life changing moments with this organization that are beyond words. To say the least, they were my inspiration.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Increase the amount of funding generated for them so that they could do more. They were able to produce miracles by finding ways to stretch a dollar!!
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
Returning the inspiration of life.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Genuinely concerned about the all around well-being of the patient and their family memebers involved.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Expand, and provide the hope, support, and value of life to even more families out there.
Ways to make it better...
It was great just as it was... but so that more people could experience what I did, I would solicit more financial support.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
One thing I'd also say is that...
Terry, Jackie, Laurie, and the rest of the BASE Camp family are all awesome caring people!! Get to know them for yourself!
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & I experienced BASE Camp as a patient and a volunteer.