We provide children an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life. We give them the opportunity to share experiences & feelings, see new challenges & push their limits & cope with their circumstances in a positive way. They grow, support and challenge each other. The stories children share are emotional and special: 'Half a word is enough', 'Everything is possible', 'Everybody accepts me as I am.'
Treatment of childhood cancer has many side effects and long term sequelae that affect a child's quality of life. Besides physical effects like hearing loss, visual impairment, heart failure, amputation, chronic fatigue, a child may also experience reduced self-esteem, problems with friendships & relationships or education & job finding. Camp is for them a chance to escape their cancer and its effeects on their daily lives for outdoor fun and adventure in a safe, caring environment.
After a weekend the children feel they are not they are not alone. They feel stronger and happier, are better able to cope with their illness and it effects on their lives. This results in a positive impact on their wellbeing and menthal health. They feel stronger and are fitter to cope with problems which will come on their path.
The entire family will benefit from the stronger and happier child with cancer. Often siblings are suffering too, as well as parents and grandparents who have to face the fact that their (grand)child has a life-threatening illness. The child itself will benefit physically and mentally as they have pushed their limits and know they are not alone. On the long term camps may even reduce health care costs.
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