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Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18

by Dutch Childhood Cancer Parent Organisation (VOKK)
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Yearly camps for 80 children with cancer age 6-18
Groups picture camp 12-18 year old children
Groups picture camp 12-18 year old children

Dear donors,

In June it will be worldwide childhood cancer survivors week: we celebrate the life of our survivors. We honor their courageous journeys and recognize the challenges they continue to face. For more information visit our umbrella organization Childhood Cancer International: http://www.childhoodcancerinternational.org/cci-signature-events/international-childhood-cancer-survivors-week/

With your care for children with cancer we received $1.155 of the $15.000 we aim for. Recently 24 children have visited our camp of 12-18 year olds: patients, ex-patients and brother or sisters. They stayed from the 18th of March till the 20th of March in the Youth hostel in Soest  http://www.stayokay.com/nl/hostel/soest. With your donations all registration fees of the children for this camp have been covered. This is wonderful!

We gathered some quotes of the group and added a copy of our magazine where it was reported in (in Dutch).

Quotes of the kids:

The camp for me is ...
“a place where it is enough to say two words and where you can be yourself”; “coziness where you can be yourself”; “a camp where I can talk”; “an amazing experience”; “a camp with little sleep lots of fun and sociability”; “a place where you are understood”;  “I can talk to anyone and it's just fun”; “lots of fun and laughing a lot”; “having a great weekend where I see my friends again”; “the best camp to go to”; “cosy, everyone knows what cancer is, so you can talk. It is too short! ‘; “share, have fun, and understanding yourself (secretly enjoy! :))”; “understand and share”; “a weekend retreat with people who know what you've been through. And fun activities, alternating with serious discussions and stories”; “great, everyone has experienced the same so you do not have to explain”; “a camp where you are equal and where your disease is not prejudged. It is a cozy and sometimes emotionally camp with cozy staff and fellow camp mates”; “a nice experience, I would not have missed it”.

Do help us to gain our goal and distribute this message to family and friends, people who care for children with cancer.

Thank you very much to you all!


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Sharing personal stories
Sharing personal stories

Dear donors,


On 15 February it was International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) which was truly remarkable this year as it was a day when the launch of the Official version of the new song We Are One was launched. We Are One which was specially created by Christophe Beck and his 11 year old daughter Sophie Rose for the Childhood Cancer International Child4Child campaign. Prior to the launch, close to a million have contributed their creative and personal versions of the song. Interpreting it through voice, dance, mime, body movement and showing just how much they care for children with cancer, like yourself. Have a look at www.child4child.com and for the official music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBzuYXCEDis


With your care for children with cancer we received $930 of the $15.000 we aim for, which is great. At this moment 21 children have subscribed for the camp of 12-18 year olds: patients, ex-patients and brother or sisters. They will stay from the 18th of March till the 20th of March in the Youth hostel in Soest http://www.stayokay.com/nl/hostel/soest.
Annet, survivor of chronic myeloid leukemia, said: “What made the camp so special were the people who were there. Young people with impressive stories for whom it is not obvious that they or their brother or sister are healthy. Stories about life and sometimes death. Stories similar to my story and where I recognize myself. A place where my story may have been...”


Do help us to gain our goal and distribute this message to family and friends, people who care for children with cancer.

Thank you very much!

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sharing experiences and making new friends
sharing experiences and making new friends

Dear donors,
With Christmas approaching donations are coming in, which is wonderful. Preparations for next year´s camps are making progress, dates and locations of the camps are now known. The children with cancer and their brothers and sisters in the age of 12 to 18 years will stay from the 18th of March till the 20th of March in the Youth hostel in Soest http://www.stayokay.com/nl/hostel/soest. The younger children of 6 to 12 years are from the 29th of May till the 31st of May 2016 at the camping de Oldemeyer in Rheeze (Hardenberg), http://www.oldemeyer.nl/

A girl: “ I never wanted to get involved in the VOKK who organizes camps for children with cancer after I was diagnosed with ALL on my 12th. But when I heard of a Camp close to the beach I decided to go. After a warm welcome I got to talk with another girl who had cancer who did the sport I always wanted to do but did not dare to do because of my “vincristine” hands and muscles: pole dancing! Now I have had my first lesson and I am so happy to have made this new friend, with whom I share the experience of having cancer and more.”

When this report was written we received $739 which will fully cover the participation of 4 children, which is wonderful! But of course we aim for $15.000. Do help us accomplishing this cause and spread the word!

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expression of feelings through art workshops
expression of feelings through art workshops

In 2016 the VOKK will organize camps for different age-groups of children:

There will be camps for kids from 6 – 12 years and camps for kids from 12 – 18 years old.  Young people aged from 18 - 30 can participate in a separate camp.

Camps are being organized not only for patients and survivors but also for their brothers and sisters as well as for siblings of children who passed away.

The participants pay just a small contribution for the camp. For the remaining costs we ask your donation.

 

In name of the children we thank you very much for your support!

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Dutch Childhood Cancer Parent Organisation (VOKK)

Location: Nieuwegein, Utrecht - Netherlands
Website:
Twitter: @vokk_nl
Dutch Childhood Cancer Parent Organisation (VOKK)
Patty Brouwer
Project Leader:
Patty Brouwer
Nieuwegein, Utrecht Netherlands

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