Summer camp is a summer time favorite for kids. It is a place where kids go to learn crafts, play games, and make new friends. There are camps that any kid can go to, and there are specialized camps that you have to apply for. Many kids looks forward to going to camp, but there is one camp no parent ever dreams of sending their child to, it is a camp for children diagnosed with cancer.
Camp Horizon was founded in 1983 by the American Cancer Society and is currently operated by the Beyond the Horizon Corporation. In 2014, the American Cancer Society will no longer fund any oncology camps; instead they will direct all funding to cancer research. This camp plays a valuable role in the child’s healing process. Camp Horizon, as well as other camps for pediatric oncology patients, will rely solely on donations. All donations are applied to Camp Horizon projects 100%.
Camp Horizon’s Oncology Camp is open to children ages 6 to 17 who were diagnosed with cancer or received cancer treatment within the last five years. Children do not need to be in active treatment to attend camp. In 1997, the camp was opened to the siblings between the ages of 5 to 16 of current and former cancer patients to offer emotional support for the well child. This camp is offered at no cost to the families, so your support is important.
A Place We Never Feel Alone in Our Fight Against Cancer
To Katrina Albertson of Murfreesboro, TN, Camp Horizon is a place to go where she gets to see her friends that have experienced what she has gone through and who understand. It is a place where she learned teamwork and courage. It is a place that nobody cares if you are different, a place where there are no strangers, and a place where everybody is family. It is a place she learned she was not alone in the fight for cancer. “It makes me feel like I’m part of something bigger than me,” said Katrina. “It also helps us feel like we are never alone in our fight against cancer.”
Katrina was 2 and a half when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and after 26 months of chemotherapy, she was cancer free. The friends she met at Camp Horizon will have a lifelong bond that no one can come close to.
“She finished her treatments before kindergarten, and is currently considered cured,” her mother Rachel Albertson reported. “Although if you ask any parent of a child who had cancer, the innocence is lost. There is no way to see any child as “safe” from cancer.”
Camp Horizon Treats Emotional Effects of Cancer
Katrina will never be fully healed due to the lasting effects of cancer treatment. The chemotherapy has damaged a specific part of her brain, muscles, and tendons. There are simple things like skipping she will never be able to do. Participating in marching band takes extreme concentration due to a foot that will never have a full range of motion. Despite her limitations, she feels her cancer has made her stronger, and this is the type of attitude she learned from Camp Horizon.
Cancer is a frightening disease for adults, can you imagine how scary it is for a child, and how alone they might feel. Medical treatment only treats the physical effects of cancer, but camps like Camp Horizon treat the emotional effects. The rate of pediatric cancer is growing, and these kids need emotional care as much as they need medical care.
Support Fundraising Event: August 31st
Camp Horizon will have their first fundraiser on August 31st at Bad Karma Airsoft field located at 1776 Gwynn Rd, Lebanon, TN from 8 AM – 4 PM. Ticket prices are $5 for children and $10 for adults. There will be food, vendors, individual contests, silent auction, and prizes. 100% of the proceeds go to support Camp Horizon. There will be fun for the whole family!
For more information, volunteer to help at the event, or to donate funds or items for the silent auction, contact Rachel Albertson at 615-663-4620, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Corporate sponsorships and vendor booths are also available. Please help support the children and this very worthy cause!