Cancer Care Services Hosts "Camp CARE" In Fort Worth

Alan Scaia
July 16, 2019 - 11:59 am
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Alan Scaia

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Kids who have family members being treated for cancer are spending this week at Camp Carter YMCA in Fort Worth this week with a chance to forget challenges they may face at home. Camp CARE is free to kids with relatives who have cancer.

"For us to be able to provide simple things like arts and crafts and canoeing, for them to get to come to camp and feel that sense of having fun like kids should and not have to worry about a diagnosis, that's what we try to provide here at Camp CARE," says Cancer Care Services' Megan Clifton, the director of the camp.

A total of 75 kids aged 5-14 are attending the camp this week.

"I've been going to the pool, and when I came I was all happy because I made friends," one girl says.

"It's really cool. It's more fun here," another said as she was designing a suncatcher.​

Clifton says Camp CARE gives kids time to act like kids, but children also have a chance to learn more about the family member's diagnosis and therapists are available.

"When you get diagnosed with cancer, it's pretty life-shaking," she says. "We just want to provide that sense of normalcy for them. These kids are strung from doctor's appointments with their parents to hospitals with their parents. For them to be able to come to summer camp and just do arts and crafts, canoeing and archery, it's a lot of fun for them."

Kids attend the camp each day this week. A closing ceremony is scheduled Friday morning.

Camp CARE is paid for by a donation by the Sportsmen's Club of Fort Worth.