Story 54

Camp Goodtime – changing the lives of childhood cancer patients

Participants at the first Camp Goodtime in British Columbia

Children who visit Camp Goodtime all have something in common: they are undergoing treatment for, or have lived through, cancer. Eight-year old Sam Bond, of Nova Scotia, visited Camp Goodtime in 2012. Sam had received chemotherapy treatment after he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2010. At Camp Goodtime, Sam was able to enjoy some of his favourite activities like camping and canoeing.

Sam's mom, Becky, was grateful for the camp. "It was a wonderful opportunity for Sam to have a fun week and to meet kids who had gone through treatment and to meet kids who were still in treatment."

Sam, on the right, with his friend Kyle and Camp Goodtime counsellor Dave Cunningham

Camp Goodtime started in 1985 in British Columbia, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The camps welcome children living with cancer and a friend to spend a fun-filled week swimming, playing games, enjoying theme nights and just being kids.

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