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Family by choice: Camp Hope

Camp Hope gathering was truly a family reunion

When Camp Hope got its start in 1983, there was nothing like it in the United States: A camp for children with cancer.
The original Camp Hope organizers knew it would take many volunteers, including medical personnel trained in pediatric oncology, to handle any situation that might come up, according to Kevin W. Brown, author of “Camp Hope: The ‘Ma Donna’ Years 1983-2000.”
After the safety concerns, “it was important to create an environment where campers could be themselves and have fun just like at any other camp, without having to worry about anything. Whether they were bald, or in ...


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