*** A parent, Michelle Axton, wrote the following poem. She told us, "If you care to share it with hesitant parents (like I was!), maybe it will give them a little peace of mind and encourage them to say yes."
It takes such special people
to run a camp like this.
A camp for kids with special needs,
there’s a lot that could be missed.
But the people that I speak of
thought of everything and more.
They make the work seem more like fun
instead of such a chore.
When the kids are first invited
Some are still quite sick.
They’re scared and yet, excited
so the parents have to pick.
To completely go against
your instincts to say, “No,
my child is still on chemo,
maybe he shouldn’t go.”
But the kids won’t miss their treatments
and they do not go alone.
Their companion is always at their side
until they head for home.
The nurses keep the meds and
dispense them right on time.
Then it’s time for fun and games
and everyone’s in line.
There’s swimming, fishing, horseback riding,
with games and crafts to do.
And when the kids get hungry,
there’s lots of food there too.
The parents may go crazy
while their child’s away from home
But the children all just have a blast
and rarely moan or groan.
It’s a wonderful experience for
kids of every age.
And the parents grow a little too,
for cancer’s not a cage
So let them go to camp to play,
to live and have some fun.
You’ll all be better for it
And then the battle is half won.
By Michelle Axton