Champ Camp: children with cancer

ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Now that school is out for the summer, it's not unusual for kids to head off to summer camp. But in Ellsworth, there's a special getaway geared toward kids, being treated for cancer. The six-letter word, cancer can steal the fun out of life. Just imagine if you are a child battling for your health. The Bangor YMCA and Eastern Maine Medical Center have teamed up to create "Champ Camp," so kids who are currently battling cancer or have battled can experience just being a kid. About 30 campers are at Camp Jordan in Ellsworth to enjoy summer activities, everything from swimming, hiking to arts and crafts.

At 13-years-old, Gabby Sherman has faced some tough times when she was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"It was really hard and people prayed for me while I was in the hospital."

Organizers said the focus of the camp is on personal growth, exploration and having fun. This is the first Champ Camp; campers hope this is made into an annual event.


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