Camp Inspires Young Cancer Survivors and Siblings

7:07 AM, Jun 26, 2013   |    comments
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A local non-profit organization is working to make the burden of fighting cancer a little lighter for young patients and their family members.

The Jay's Hope Foundation is holding its first "Camp Hope" this week.

The camp offers therapy to cancer survivors between the ages of 4 to 15 and their siblings.

75 kids are taking up art, music and sports during the week.

Organizers say they hope the camp will relieve some of the stress of paying visits to doctors and hospitals.

"This gives them a time to just be children, and also to meet other kids and siblings that have some of the same difficulties they have," said Cindy Gaskins, founder of Jay's Hope.

Cancer survivor and camp volunteer, Angelica Rios, added, "Now that I've been through cancer and stuff I understand more of what these kids are dealing with. I understand how much they need to have fun."

The camp is sponsored by a grant from the WT Anderson Foundation and the Dunlap Williamson Foundation.

"Camp Hope" runs through Friday, June 28th at Christ Chapel in Macon.

Doors are open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.










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