Hi there friend!
My name is Alex Stautzenbach and I have been a volunteer counselor with Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a pediatric oncology camp, for the last 5 years. Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times is a special place for children who have, or have had, cancer, and their siblings, to have a summer camp experience in which they get to be a "normal" kid for a week. Camp also provides family camps, that includes the children's parents and other siblings, on weekends in the fall and spring. The mission of CRMFGT is to create a positive long-lasting impact on children with cancer and their families by providing fun-filled, medically supervised, cost-free, year-round camp programs.
Although Camp aims to give these children a good old fashioned summer camp experience including activities like swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, archery, talent shows and camp fires, CRMFGT also places an emphasis on, and trains its volunteers and staff in helping the campers achieve personal growth. We are trained to help these campers gain a sense of independence and self-reliance, social support and social competencies, and positive self identification. Camp constantly receives feedback from parents about how one week at camp helps their children gain a sense of confidence that they may not have had before.
For me, Camp truly is a magical place (maybe even more so than Disneyland. And if you know me, you know I LOVE Disneyland). The campers that I've had the pleasure of meeting over the years are the most kind hearted, humble, and grateful kids I've ever met. I joined camp with the hopes that I could, even if just a little bit, change kids lives. The funny thing is, Camp and it's campers have changed MY life. I've found a second home and family in CRMFGT, just as many of the campers do. Please consider donating to this AMAZING place to help keep it alive and running for years and years to come!