This Fall I volunteered at Camp Ronald McDonald, a cancer camp that lets kids and parents relax and enjoy nature. This was a Spanish-speaking camp, so most of the parents only spoke Spanish, but the kids spoke both Spanish and English. There were games and activities like fishing, archery, arts and craft. I had my face painted like a wolf and I shot an arrow at a paper target hanging on hay.
The kids I met at this camp do not have normal lives and are not able to do what “normal” kids can do on a daily basis. For example, many of them have to go through surgeries regularly and they have to follow strict diets.
One of the families told me, “We have gone through so much. There’s not much else out there that can be worse than what has happened to our family.”
Battling cancer is extremely difficult. That’s why this camp is so great. It enables kids to have fun and to be happy even though they are fighting cancer. For many of the kids I met, there is no cure for the disease that has taken over their lives, but at least this camp allows kids to be kids.
The Ronald McDonald camp provides kids with the space to explore, have fun, and connect with others who are also fighting hard to beat this horrible disease. Parents are also able to connect with each other and to support each other while being immersed in the mountain air near a beautiful lake.