Parker Murchison

Camp Goodtime gives children living with cancer a chance to enjoy just being a kid

Parker Murchison
My favourite thing about Camp Goodtime is being able to hang out with other kids who have survived cancer. They know what is going on in your life and can help you get through it.

Parker Murchison was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was just 8 years old. Parker, who calls himself a “cancer graduate, class of 2013,” is one of about 80 kids who attend Camp Goodtime each year. For 1 week every summer, children who have cancer, or who have survived cancer, come together to enjoy just being a kid.

“One of my favourite activities at camp is going in the water – boating and swimming – and I like when we play games like capture the flag or rocks or tails,” says Parker. “You feel really normal when you’re around these guys because a lot of them have been through the same thing as you, so it helps a lot.”

Camp Goodtime gives children a fun, supportive and picturesque environment where they can have fun and relate to one another. They don’t feel self-conscious. They can just play and have fun meeting new friends.

Camp Goodtime celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015. Over the years, more than 1,700 children have had the opportunity to spend a week at Camp Goodtime. As Parker says, “I think that part of the treatment for all kids diagnosed with cancer should be to go to Camp Goodtime.”