Camp Quality: Kids with cancer experience joys of summer camp

Kids experience all the fun and games of summer camp with Camp Quality.

Nearly fifty children are getting the chance to experience camp this week.

Camp Quality is a camp for kids with cancer. It took over Lake Ann Camp for the week, allowing the kids to forget about their treatments and focus on friendships.

The 47 campers get to use the zip line and the rock wall. They swim, play games, and do crafts.

The kids who attend Camp Quality are all at varying stages of treatment for their cancers, so the camp is set up so kids who are still receiving treatment can get it while at camp. A full medical staff is on hand, which means family members can take a break and rest assured their children are in good hands.

You won't see any parents at Camp Quality. Each kid is paired with a volunteer or companion for the week.

Camp Quality director Kristyn Balog told 7&4 News that thereâ??s something more important than all the fun activities they do.

â??It's not necessarily about what they do at camp, it's how they feel. They feel accepted and they feel healthy at camp,â?? said Balog.

Camp Quality is in its 26th year of providing year-round activities for families with cancer patients, all at no-cost.

One volunteer, who used to attend as a camper, beat her cancer and now is a leader for the kids. She said Camp Quality changed her life because she was able to interact with kids in a similar situation and not feel out of place.

â??It's very inspiring. Of course, it's hard to choke back tears, often times, because the kids are so much stronger than the parents and the adults. It's definitely an inspiration,â?? said Balog.

The campers were supposed to go up in a hot-air balloon Monday night, but the weather grounded the plans. They will try again later this week.

You can get more information about the organization and how to contribute by visiting the Camp Quality Michigan website.