For many children whose lives have been affected by cancer, summer camp seems like an impossible dream. The American Cancer Society is making that dream a reality. The American Cancer Society’s Camp Anuenue, is a free, week-long summer camp for children ages 7-18 who have or have had cancer.
A camper’s only requirement is to have a great time. Campers do not have to be in remission to attend. Medical professionals and qualified counselors are on staff 24 hours a day and transportation to Honolulu for treatment is provided. There is no cost to the child or their family for this week-long camp.
Registration for this year’s Camp Anuenue is taking place now. This year’s camp is scheduled for June 3-9 at Camp Mokuleia on the North Shore of O`ahu. Children from across Hawai‘i, Guam, and the Pacific islands who are registered with their local American Cancer Society field office can attend this fun-filled week of activities, encouragement, and friendship. A variety of activities include swimming, stand up paddling, outrigger canoeing, archery, Zip-lining, arts & crafts, cosmic bowling, camp fires, and dance night with a professional makeover.
Desiree Medeiros, MD, pediatric oncologist at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children and volunteer on-site doctor for Camp Anuenue, underscores the value of this camping experience, “Children and teenagers with cancer are confronted with many new unpleasant experiences…lengthy therapy…many unwanted and bothersome side effects…lots of time in the hospital. They feel isolated and ‘different.’ Camp gives them the opportunity to come together, be with other children who have had the same experiences, and just ‘feel normal.’ They can forget that they are supposed to be sick. By the end of the week, many of the campers will leave camp with improved self-esteem and new friendships that will last a lifetime.”
Parents are encouraged to enroll their children as soon as possible as spots are limited and the camp fills up quickly. Enrollment can be made by calling Debra Glowik, Director of Camp Programs at 808.489.7425, or apply online at acshawaiipacific.org/camp-anuenue.