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.
West Springfield High School student Jordan Trufio's fight with cancer ended today. Fellow student Sean Ngo contributed these thoughts on his passing.
If I've learned one thing from the time I've spent at Special Love and Camp Fantastic, it's that sometimes you just have to know when to get out of the way. So it shouldn't be any surprise that I've let wiser heads (and younger hearts) prevail when it came to posting on Special Love's blog, That said, it's now a year and a half later and the stars have aligned to where I feel compelled to finally make an appearance blog-wise. Today is "Giving Tuesday" and I feel the need to give back to an organization that has given me so much.
One of camp's most bittersweet moments is the time when we have to say goodbye to a camper who's passed out of eligability. In order to make room for new campers facing the challenges and hardship of a new diagnosis we must turn away old friends who've finished their treatment and gone three years without relapse or recurrance. We hate to see them leave but are glad to know that they can go. Eligable to attend or not, however, they will aways be part of our camp family.
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