MER ROUGE, La. (KNOE) - Camp Quality will kick off in Mer Rouge, La in about two weeks, giving kids with cancer the time of their lives. The camp is free to families who have kids diagnosed with cancer between the age of 5 and 17. And organizers say their siblings are also welcome.
Camp Quality is giving kids with cancer a true summer camp experience, and it's not too late to sign up for this year's camp starting July 20th. (PIXABAY)
Director Alan Barth says kids are able to do ropes courses, go horseback riding, practice archery, swim, canoe, and much more. He says they're bringing in the roller derby group the Roe City Rollers, a magician and they'll have musical performances.
"Their lives are not like normal children," says Barth, "they spend a lot of time in hospitals, probably over 80% of our kids go to St. Jude and sometimes they spend months at a time there so this is the highlight of their summer."
He says once these kids are at camp, they don't talk about cancer. They say it's all about letting kids with cancer be kids again.
Barth says they've got about 30 kids per camp each year. He says they have families travel from all across the state for this annual camp.
In a report, LSU Health says "204 new cancer cases were diagnosed and 31 deaths due to cancer among pediatric/young adult cancer
cases in Louisiana each year during 2010-2014."
Barth says they're always looking for volunteers to help with the camp, you can contact him at 318-547-4319 to sign up for camp or become a volunteer.
He says they're always looking for organizations to sponsor meals for the campers during the week as well.