Children dealing with cancer in Nebraska and across state lines look forward to the second week in June. It is the annual Summer Camp Quality Heartland and it is designed for kids affected with cancer and director Murray Fenn says they need your help. In order to have a successful and memorable event for these children volunteers are needed.
“We could potentially have 90 this year so we are really looking for volunteer companions. The system we have is one-to-one. We have one companion to one camper.”
Fenn says this camp is designed to allow kids to be kids.
“Swimming, fishing, that campground has a ropes course so we can do that. Climb the rock wall. Zip line. Archery and of course eat. That’s an important part.”
Fenn says there is medical staff present 24/7 for the children. There are doctors and nurses at that camp that will distribute medication or make sure a child’s other needs are met. He says they are also there to help with other child related injuries.
“From giving medication to taking out splinters to bandaging skinned knees.”
Fenn says right now they are in the process of matching up volunteers and campers. A volutneer will do much more than help the child during the week-long camp.
“It creates a lifelong friend for that camper and a support system for that camper and that support system and they really, truly appreciate any of the companionship that person can give.”
Fenn says volunteers are asked to be part of the child’s support system.
“Sending them cards or taking them out to eat, just sporadic events throughout the year, continuing that year-long support system.”
Volunteers will be required to pass an interview and a background check and then attend training sessions. The camp is June 8th through the 12th and will be held at the Gene Eppley Campground south of Bellevue.