Grant #20: Whitney – Camp Casco
In October 2014, the founding team at Camp Casco realized that Massachusetts was missing something many other states had: a camp specifically for pediatric cancer patients and survivors. The team had seen other such camps make a big impact for children in other states, so they decided to address the gap in Massachusetts themselves and Camp Casco was born! As Whitney describes in her video, the camp’s mission is to provide fun for a week and support for a lifetime. The camp is free to attend, ensuring children can join regardless of their financial situation, and is designed to create a space where children fighting and recovering from cancer can feel normal and enjoy the joys of summer camp while also forming support networks that will serve them throughout their lives. 2016 will be Camp Casco’s second summer, and Whitney and her team will use our $5,000 grant to cover half the campsite rental cost, ensuring the 28 campers attending this summer have a safe and welcoming place to stay.