Who's saving camp for kids with cancer | Arts & Culture
Summer camp is a chance for new experiences, freedom, fun. My kids said going to camp has been some of the best times of their lives. For kids with cancer, camp is extra special. It's an escape from their reality; a chance to be with other kids who know exactly what they're going through.
Back in March, the National Office of the American Cancer Society announced it would no longer fund camps across the nation, including the local “Camp Goodtimes East.” The locally owned camp provides a medically supervised, week-long camp for children battling the effects of cancer.
This change was made for the ACS to direct funds toward it's key mission of cancer research. Following that announcement, a group of local, committed individuals and organizations teamed up to ensure that the camp will go on. The Spokane-based group includes Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Coaches vs Cancer (Mark and Marcy Few) and other community leaders.
The monetary commitments, services, and contributions will go a long way toward ensuring that the local, free-of-charge camp will continue.
Since it's inception in 2002, Coaches vs Cancer Spokane has raised more than a million dollars for the local Camp Goodtimes, and intends to continue raising the much-needed funds moving forward
So, how can you help the “Campaign for Camp”? You can start by purchasing tickets and join the team for “An Evening with Coaches vs Cancer Featuring Dana Carvey” this Saturday, August 24th. The event takes place at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox and will include a paddle raise, benefiting camp in 2014. Funds raised will go directly to camp operating funds. Get your tickets at all TicketsWest outlets and ticketswest.com.