My mom went through cancer treatments from 2012-13. Following chemo and before surgery, we were able to attend Camp Challenge.
"Camp Challenge is the perfect place for adult cancer patients to disconnect from their diagnosis and recharge their relationships. Camp Challenge is not about roughing it. It's about being completely cared for in an inspiring natural setting, and leaving behind the stressful routine of doctor visits and treatments. Guests enjoy comfortable, hotel-style housing with private bathrooms for each family. Hearty, healthy, buffet-style meals are prepared on-site. Campers and their families participate in a range of activities including games and sports; dancing; singing; skits; arts and crafts; and fireside chats. An on-site spa provides pampering in many forms such as massages, manicures, pedicures and hair styling – to name a few. After a visit to Camp Challenge, patients and their guests re-enter their daily lives rested and ready to continue the fight."
This is a short video I created for a Photoshop class. It captures some of my favorite memories from camp.
1. Opening ceremony
2. Camp activities area
3. The camp spa
5. My first time riding a zip line
6. Making new friends
8. My mom and I together
This was a much needed respite during our fight. And, as anyone who has gone through this knows, it's a shared fight for both the patient and the patient's family. I'm happy to report that she is doing well and is still cancer free today. I think that the camp was a big help in that.
If you, or someone you know, is going through cancer, please send them to the camp's website so they can enjoy this, too . If you want to help support this free camp so that others can attend, consider visiting the Me-One Foundation to discover ways that you can help.
Background music: "Americana Interlude" by Peter Kuo Music