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Summer Camp Brings Joy to Kids with Cancer

10 August 2017

Charlottetown, PE -

Summer Camp Brings Joy to Kids with Cancer

For over 30 years, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtime has been bringing a fun- filled week to kids living with or beyond cancer. Campers are invited to join us again at Camp Goodtime, hosted at Brigadoon Village on Aylesford Lake, Nova Scotia from August 20 to 25, 2017.

Summer camp can be a fun experience for any child, but for kids with cancer it is a wonderful way to remind them they are kids above all else and not just cancer patients. Campers have a week where they don’t have to worry about treatment, medical jargon, or what is coming next. It’s a place to connect with others who are going through a similar experience and where no one feels out of place or judged. “The energy and excitement the kids have that week at camp is so memorable for them,”- says Jayna Stokes, support services coordinator at the Canadian Cancer Society in PEI. “Most kids who attend camp return year after year.”

There are many special people behind the scenes who help make camp a great experience for the children --volunteers, counselors, program staff, medical staff, and donors. There is a medical room for kids who need chemotherapy while at camp staffed by nurses who volunteer their time. Danielle Snow is a registered nurse who has been volunteering at Camp Goodtime for the past 3 years. “Usually as a nurse treating these children you see them at their sickest, but at camp you see them when they are well and thriving. For the kids it's amazing for them to be around other kids who they can relate to, and relax with. .”

Pacey MacIsaac has been attending Camp Goodtime for the last 9 years. He started taking Kamden Arsenault with him 6 years ago, as part of the Camp Goodtime buddy program. “It’s nice to go to a place where you do not feel different.” – says Pacey. “I’ve met so many amazing people and I consider every single one of them a part of my big family, and I know Pacey feels the same way,” says Kamden. “Some of our best friends are from camp.” 

Thanks to generous donors, such as Atlantic Equipment Repair and KOA Care Camps, Island children are able to attend camp fully funded.

For more information about Camp Goodtime, please visit cancer.ca or call toll free 1 866-566-4007.
  

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For more information contact:

Jayna Stokes
Support Services Coordinator
Canadian Cancer Society
Tel 902-566-1713 ext. 2239
jstokes@pei.cancer.ca 

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.