For many children affected by cancer, summer camp seems like an impossible dream. The American Cancer Society (ACS) is making that dream a reality with its Camp Anuenue, a free, week-long camp June 3-9 at Camp Mokuleia on Oahu, for children ages 7-18 who have or have had cancer.
Keiki from across Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific who are registered with their local ACS office can attend Camp Anuenue. Campers do not have to be in remission to attend. Medical professionals and qualified counselors are on staff 24 hours a day.
“Children and teenagers with cancer are confronted with many new unpleasant experiences … many unwanted and bothersome side effects — lots of time in the hospital. They feel isolated and ‘different,’” said Dr. Desiree Medeiros, camp doctor for Camp Anuenue. “Camp gives them the opportunity to come together, be with other children who have had the same experiences, and just ‘feel normal.’
Spots are limited. Register as soon as possible. Call Debra Glowik, 808-489-7425, or apply online at www.acshawaiipacific.org/camp-anuenue.
They can forget that they are supposed to be sick. Many of the campers will leave camp with improved self-esteem and new friendships that will last a lifetime.”