Camp Goodtimes Rotary Carnival

  • Camp Goodtimes 2014
  • Camp Goodtimes 2014
  • Camp Goodtimes 2014
  • Camp Goodtimes 2014
  • Camp Goodtimes 2014
  • Camp Goodtimes 2014
Kids at Camp Goodtimes on Vashon Island had a great time last summer. Our Bellevue Rotary Club is a major sponsor of the camp, which made it possible for 234 cancer patients, survivors, and their siblings to attend Camp Goodtimes or Kayak Adventure Camp.
From Camp Goodtimes board member Sarah “Swannie” Swanberg:

Camp Goodtimes“Words can’t explain how grateful we are for your continued support of Camp Goodtimes. Our campers had an amazing summer — as evident in this photo. Thank you for all you do to make camp happen for these wonderful children.”

Founded more than 25 years ago by parents of children with cancer, Camp Goodtimes has welcomed children and teens from Washington and Alaska between the ages of 7 and 17.

The first Camp Goodtimes was held on the shores of Vashon Island in August 1984, with 93 children in attendance. Today, two weeks of camp are held every summer with approximately 150 children attending each camp.

It’s a place to let go of worries, to relax and spend time with people just like you.

What makes this camp so unique is that Camp Goodtimes includes children with cancer and their siblings. Camp Goodtimes is a place where cancer is not ignored, but is overcome with joy and fellowship. Kids come here and they can be themselves for a week.

Unfortunately, in 2013, longtime camp sponsor The American Cancer Society announced they would no longer fund any camps and were redirecting those funds to research. Despite this setback, Camp Goodtimes went on as planned in 2014, thanks to their young staff looking for funds anywhere and everywhere. They will continue each year to work hard to keep the camp going.

HEALTH CAMP FOR KIDS WITH CANCER FIGHTS TO SURVIVE FUNDING CUTS
Jun 20, 2014, 5:04 AM
By GILLIAN MOHNEY via Good Morning America

Gretchen Batcheller was 13 years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia in 1987.

“It’s a rough age to begin with [and] you add balding,” Batcheller told ABC News. “I escaped into myself. I wasn’t the same happy person I was before my treatment.”

At Camp Goodtimes, a Vashon Island-based summer camp in Washington for pediatric cancer patients, Batcheller said she met other kids with cance

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Every year, Bellevue Rotary donates $5,000 to Camp Goodtimes. If you would like to make a contribution, please send your donation to:

Camp Goodtimes
Rotary Club of Bellevue
PO Box 523
Bellevue, WA 98009

For more information: www.CampGoodTimesWest.org

DID YOU KNOW? Almost two-thirds of the staff at Camp Goodtimes are cancer survivors who attended the camp when they were kids undergoing cancer treatment.

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