Camp Goodtimes Returns to YMCA Camp Reed
[SPOKANE, JANUARY 6, 2014] –
The American Cancer Society (ACS) awarded all camp operations to YMCA Camp Reed so our community can to continue providing the best week of summer for children living with cancer. In March, the American Cancer Society announced it will no longer fund camps across the nation, including the local chapter known as Camp Goodtimes – East. Although this change was been made, the American Cancer Society will continue to offer free information, programs and services to cancer patients, as well as fund research and support legislative efforts to save lives from cancer. Thanks to broad based community support and the YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Camp Goodtimes will continue providing a medically supervised, weeklong camp for children effected by cancer. YMCA Camp Reed was the original host site of Camp Goodtimes, successfully hosting it for twenty years.
“This collaboration with the American Cancer Society creates a win-win for our community and speaks volumes about the collaborative spirit that exists among community leaders and organizations,” said Steve Tammaro, President/CEO of the YMCA of the Inland Northwest.
The continuation of care from ACS to the YMCA has garnered wide-ranging community support including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane, Coaches vs. Cancer, Cancer Care Northwest, Rockwood Clinic, Providence Health Care and other community leaders. The YMCA of the Inland Northwest and supporters will ensure the local, free-ofcharge camp will continue for local children fighting cancer in 2014 and beyond.
Since its inception in 2002, Coaches vs. Cancer–Spokane, has raised over $1 million for the local camp and intends to continue raising the much-needed funds moving forward.
“We have seen the positive effects that this camp has had on children in their fight against cancer, both during and after treatments. The effect has been huge. We are thrilled the YMCA is stepping up to make sure that local kids fighting cancer get to continue to go to camp,” said Jerid Keefer, Coaches vs. Cancer-Spokane Regional Coordinator. “We are committed to making sure this special week of camp continues for these kids in our region.”
The Ronald McDonald House in Spokane has seen the children staying at their House benefit directly from these experiences. “We have served families and children with cancer in our region for many years. These children have attended camp and their experience was instrumental during their battle with cancer,” said Mike Forness, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane. “Ronald McDonald House Charities is 100% supportive of this collaboration and is willing to take whatever steps necessary to sustain a camp for children battling cancer in our region.”
YMCA Camp Reed has served children in our community for nearly 100 years. “We welcome the return of Camp Goodtimes to Camp Reed and are committed to a smooth transition for the families. Our number one priority is making sure these children have the best week of their summer,” says YMCA Camp Reed Executive Director, Lisa Vogt. For more information on Camp Goodtimes 2014 contact Lisa Vogt at email@example.com or (509) 720-5630.
About the Y
The YMCA of the Inland Northwest is dedicated to our cause of strengthening the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Regardless of age, income or background – we nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. Anchored in the Spokane community for over 125 years, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Visit www.ymcaspokane.org.