Why is camp so important?
Camp provides kids with cancer the opportunity to enjoy a summer camping experience, with the benefit of medical supervision. Camp is a break during which young patients can share in the best medicine of all - HOPE!
Why we need Camp Esperanza?
Children's Medical Center has over 180 new cases of cancer per year.
More than 450 children are currently being treated for cancer at Children's Medical Center.
Many children are cured of their cancer, but others must undergo therapy for years if their cancer returns or fails to respond to treatment.
Children with cancer are forced by their disease to face great pain, discomfort, and the threat of death. These are hardships that many adults would find hard to endure.
Many children undergoing cancer treatment develop health problems related to their cancer or as a result of their treatment (radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, etc.). These problems often exclude them from participating in other camps.
Time spent with other children who have lived through similar experiences eliminates feelings of isolation and of being "different". At camp, the children learn to give each other encouragement and hope as they learn new things and make new friends.
Many families faced with the expenses associated with cancer cannot afford to send their child to camp. For this reason, camp is free of charge.
The shared experiences and hope camp offers gives campers and medical staff a special camaraderie that often eases future hospital treatments.
Camp Esperanza allows kids to just be kids.