Camp Good Days is an organization designed to create opportunities and inspire people hurt by cancer or sickle cell anemia and to guide them through their tough times. They have offices all throughout Western NY and help over a thousand children in the area every year.
Message: Many people think that Camp Good Days programs only apply to children that have cancer/sickle cell anemia, but there are also programs for children in the same family as someone effected. Camp Good Days also have programs for siblings of a child living with these diseases, as well as for children with a parent still living with or a parent that has passed from these diseases. They also have an Adult Oncology Program, which is 3-4 retreat weekends in the summer. There is also a Brain Tumor Family Retreat, wherein one member of a family has a brain tumor, and the whole family can attend the program. All of these programs are free of charge to the participants. They said they “never wanted a parent that had a child with cancer to have to choose between making a mortgage or car payment, rather than sending a loved one to camp.”
Inspirations: Courage is found in many different shapes and sizes and is exemplified by all the campers at Camp Good Days. “Whether it’s a camper that has conquered the deep end in the swimming pool, a child that has climbed the rock wall, or children being there for each other as a support system,” there is always extraordinary courage demonstrated at the camping trips.
Projects in WNY: Each week in the summer, about 70 children pack their bags and head down to Camp Good Days with camps in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca. Each year, approximately 1,500 campers are served.
How to get involved: Camp Good Days has only been possible through the years because of the tremendous support from the community in volunteering and holding special events to raise the necessary funds to hold our programs. Festival-goers can sign up to volunteer at any of our programs online at www.campgooddays.org/volunteer, or hold a special event of their own.
What kids can expect: Children will be able to play corn-hole and have the opportunity to win Camp Good Days prizes.