Every August, close to 200 campers pack their bags for a week of Ronald McDonald Camp. While it’s a lot like traditional summer camp, anyone who has attended will tell you it is much more.
It’s a week when cancer takes a backseat to laughter, friendship, and life-changing opportunities. It’s a week when hospital visits, harsh treatments, and the feeling of isolation are a distant memory. It’s a week when kids can enjoy just being kids, no matter what they face.
And you can help! You can make the dream of summer camp a reality for children with cancer – and their siblings – by adopting a camper.
Your gift of $500 will support a full week of camp in the Poconos for one camper – including lodging, meals, transportation, and activities – and provide an oasis of joy in the midst of medical care and uncertainty.
Ronald McDonald Camp offers all of the fun of a typical camp – swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, sports and more – but here, kids can participate regardless of any limitations due to their illness, thanks to a dedicated team of volunteer counselors and medical staff. And, because of our supporters, there is no cost for patients to attend.
After treatment ends, former patients are welcome to come back to camp, too. Plus, one of the things that make Ronald McDonald Camp so special is that it’s not just children with cancer who attend – it’s their siblings, too.
Children who have faced so much couldn’t ask for a better summer vacation.
By adopting a camper, you will make sure a child who spends so much of her year coping with serious illness has a week where she can stop feeling different and start having fun, building confidence, and making life-long friends who understand what it is like to spend their childhood being sick, or what it is like to worry about a sick brother or sister.
Ready to help? Click here to make your donation today. In return, you’ll receive a handwritten note from a camper you helped support at the end of camp.
Questions about adopting a camper? Email our Camp Director Cindy Candela-Ryan.