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7/17/07-Tyler

Camp Quality Good For Cancer Patients And Siblings

Summer camp is a place where children make countless memories, and it's no different at Camp Quality.  Only at Camp Quality, cancer has forced many of these kids to grow up long before their time.

Allison was just ten years old when her brother was diagnosed with cancer; a scary thing for any adult, let alone a big sister.

"After that, he spent a whole lot of time at the hospital and was tired and not wanting to do anything, so that was kind of sad and frustrating," says Allison.

Rene was only seven when she learned her little brother was sick.

"It was kind of lonely, because it was just me and my dad. My mom and my brother were at the hospital," says Rene.

But that loneliness doesn't exist at Camp Quality. Whether they have cancer or not, each camper gets their very own companion for the week and many times, a strong bond is forged.

Camp Director Anneliese Kulakofsky says, "They like it because they get the special treatment."

It's a chance for cancer patients and their siblings to be together without any mention of the "c" word.

"Whenever I say, 'My brother has cancer,' almost everyone I've ever talked to says, 'Oh! How sad.' That's just the automatic reaction. So, it's nice that you don't have to go through that over and over and over again," says Allison.

At Camp Quality, everyone is in the same boat and for one week, they get to just be kids again.

There's more information on Camp Quality on the Know More On 7 section of our website.  

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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