Written by Tammy and Craig Sankner, first time camp parents (8-11-13) So today we dropped off Tara for her first time at Camp Fantastic. There were many emotions that were felt today during the drop off from being overly excited to tears being shed by both Tara and mom and dad. But let's talk about what lead up to our first trip. Tara was diagnosed on February 26 with a form of inoperable brain cancer. We were hooked up with Special Love thru the social workers at her clinic in Falls Church. During our first chemo session our social worker [...]
Written by Gina Parcells, Camp Mom & first time Camp Fantastic Volunteer All I really wanted was for my kid to be happy. I just wanted her to BE A KID and think of herself as more than cancer. She was barely seven years old when I sent her to camp that first time, not fully understanding that she would gain special relationships, special encouragement, special passion, special energy, special memories – SPECIAL LOVE! And, frankly, it’s not until coming to camp this week as a volunteer that I realize that Becca’s recounting of camp were only dim images of a [...]
Written by Mindy McManus, Special Love Volunteer This is my 7th year at Camp Fantastic. This afternoon, 106 children with cancer between the ages of 7 and 17 rode on charter busses up Harmony Hollow – escorted by police and dozens of Harley Davidson riders – to begin an extraordinary week of joy, friendship, and spirit-filled magic that is unlike any other they will experience the rest of the year. To try and explain the excitement and anticipation the volunteers have been experiencing since their arrival on Friday is practically impossible. Unless you’ve experienced camp first-hand, there is no [...]
There's a pediatric oncology unit in Brazil that's trying out a fairly clever idea. They're using comic books and superheroes to explain chemotherapy to children. Kids are given their drugs in super-hero branded IV containers and given comics and animated cartoons which depict heroes like Batman, Superman, and the Green Lantern getting similar "superformulas" to help them regain their powers.