LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) –
Cancer can force children – some barely old enough to talk – to learn about
tough topics like "chemotherapy" and "white cell counts." At Camp Quality
Kentuckiana, the goal is simple: let kids with cancer be kids again.
A big send off was held Sunday
as the campers, who are battling or have battled cancer, prepare to enjoy a dip
in the swimming hole, a snipe hunt, even a pie fight.
Each camper is paired with
a companion, forming relationships that often last much longer than the camp
Robert Brooks is using his
vacation time to serve as a companion to 11-year-old Brenton Clem, who is only
a few weeks removed from surgery for a liver tumor. "I really wanted to build a
relationship with a young man, and have a good time," Brooks said.
For Tristian Patterson,
who has been cancer-free for 12 years, it's his last year as a camper. Next
year, though, he'll return as a companion. "I know how much fun I have, and a
companion has a lot to do with that," he said.
The camp is offered free
of charge. "It's a combination of donations, fundraisers and grants," Camp
Quality Director Charlie Obramowicz said.