Title: Account Coordinator
Employee Since: June 2016
Clients: Springfield, Detroit Rescue Mission, Buckner Intl., Scott Mission
“I’m a childhood cancer survivor. A year after my diagnosis, my mom signed me up for the Children’s Oncology Services Youth Cancer Camp in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I didn’t want to go – I was in tears the night before I left – but after the first week, I called my mom saying I never wanted to leave.
“When you’re a kid with cancer, it’s hard to be treated as a kid and enjoy all the normal activities that an 11-year-old should be doing. At camp, it created that normal atmosphere that was so important. Back home, I was the only one who had cancer. At camp, we all had cancer.
“I was a camper for 8 years, then became a counselor seven years ago. The program is great – arts & crafts, fishing, watersports and dances. I work with 7-12 year olds each year and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.
“We push each other, support each other and show the kids that anything is possible. We are living proof, and I try to instill that message in all the kids I work with. The friendships I’ve made, both as a camper and a counselor, are friends I’ll have for life. Camp has become my home away from home – my second family.”