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Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
July 3, 2009

I was diagosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 1997 at the age of 14. High School years are extremely formative, as we all know, and an extremely vulnerable time as well. NCCF introduced me to Camp Cartwheel in its second year of operation and invited me to be a Counselor-In-Training which was an opportunity I leapt at. I was hooked instantly! I graduated to Counselor, Cabin Director, and am now the Assistant Director in my 12th year of volunteering at NCCF. I cannot tell you how much Camp Cartwheel does for its campers; children with various catastrophic illnesses including cancer, HIV/AIDs, various hematological and immunological diseases, and various renal problems. Camp offers many of these children, and their siblings who also attend camp, the opportunities to feel normal in a society that values "homogenous" appearances. For many of these campers, its the only opportunity they'll receive to feel normal and to leave their disease or disability at home. Kudos to NCCF, its Staff, Volunteers and Board of Directors. From a Survivor's perspective, you are amazing.

The Great!

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

every aspect of the lives of those that this organization serves as well as the people that volunteer to make this great organization possible.

Ways to make it better...

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

do everything I could to expand and improve the Camp Program which is already life-changing for campers and volunteers alike.

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

its ability to cater directly and specifically to each and every individual patient, sibling/family need.

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

indescribeable. They are truly some of them most wonderful people I've ever associated with in my life.

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

Forever change the lives of those living with catastrophic illnesses, but more specifically, those living with cancer. NCCF has had the desire to expand and improve their already stellar Camp Cartwheel.

Ways to make it better...

we could have saved all those beautiful children who lost their couragous battles with their disease.

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

the current drop in donations has effected the budget of NCCF and the incredible programs it offers, however, NCCF has not lessened the services they offer to the Childhood Cancer Community.

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

I will be involved with the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and Camp Cartwheel until I'm no longer physically able to function. They own my heart.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have been involved in various programs and opportunities over the past 12 years.