When my daughter was diagnosed with a "rare form of cancer" called neuroblastoma, our hopes and dreams for her changed drastically. Instead of hoping for typical dreams for her we simply hoped for her to enjoy each day to the fullest and of course survive. Unfortunately, our sweet girl passed away and our lives will never be the same. Fortunately, during her treatment, we found Kids 'n Kamp! Not only is the support from the staff over and above, so is the understanding and love from the other families who are all at different stages of the cancer world. Our family has taken advantage of all of their wonderful holiday parties, retreats, counseling, support groups, and of course Kamp. KNK also offers scholarships, emergency financial aid and tutoring and much more! Kids 'n Kamp maintains relationships with families throughout treatment, remission, a cure and even after a child dies. This is remarkable and unusual and our family truly appreciates that we continue to be a part of this organization. It means the world to us!
I am also a parent that has a son that was diagnosed at the age of 2 with childhood cancer, ALL was something I knew nothing about until that dreadful diagnosis. We were told about the KidsnKamp organization and what they do for families as well as for the sick child. They give the children back their childhood letting them be around other kids like themselves and they include all siblings and the parents as well as grandparents. From Kamp to christmas parties, tutoring, counseling, to a night out for pot luck dinners for the moms and then one for the dads too, heart to heart baskets with some bare necessities given to families when they first get diagnosed and are put in the hospitals for days on end. These are wonderful people that run the organization, it's hard to keep up in this economy but they have always been kind and most generous to all the families, and Im proud to say that now that my son is 18 yrs old and doing well I try to volunteer within the organization whenever I can.
My son was 9 years old when we got the heart stopping diagnosis of leukemia. We were told the treatment, if he lived, would last for 3.5 years. This was all overwhelming, but Kids-n-Kamp was with us all the way. They answered questions before we knew to ask them. They provided family activities with other families going through the same thing, so we didn't feel so all alone. The list goes on and on. What set them apart was that they recognized that a cancer diagnosis affects the entire family, not just the patient child.