At a young age, my parents told me my younger brother had a disease that would be difficult to treat called, cancer. I immediately went into the kitchen and started cleaning the cups my brother had used so that I wouldn’t catch his cancer. My mom walked in and told me this wasn’t something that was contagious but something I would need to be strong for, for him.
Growing up and seeing cancer present in our home for most of my life wasn’t easy or fair, but Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times (CRMFGT) made the difficult times a little easier.
CRMFGT is a year-round cost free camp that helps children with cancer and their families find hope in difficult times.
What this camp did for my family has always been something that has been hard for me to describe. I would tell people about what we did – fishing, horseback riding, pool, sports/games, dance parties, etc. but at the root of it, camp was a place that brought the most heroic families together and left cancer down the mountain.
Camp easily became a second home for me and after being a camper for 10 years, I came back as a volunteer. I, along with the hundreds of other camp volunteers strive to give families the same hope my family was given at this camp. This is why I’m raising money for the walk for kids, so that Camp Ronald McDonald can continue to be cost-free and the people part of it can continue to give families like mine, hope.
Today, my brother is healthy and has been cancer free for about 10 years. I like to believe camp played a big part getting him there.
Until theres a cure, there’s a camp.