Kathy’s Camp for Kids, a non-profit organization, was formed to create a unique community where children of cancer patients can share their journey and meet other kids and adults who know what it’s like to have cancer as a part of their daily lives. When an adult is diagnosed with cancer, the battle begins almost immediately. Knowledge is sought, options are weighed, and a clearly-defined course of action is embarked upon. But, for the children of cancer patients, the initial diagnosis is often followed by an extended period of fear, confusion, unanswered questions, and worry that their parent and even their childhood will somehow be taken from them. Kathy’s Camp for Kids is a place where fear of cancer is replaced with Fun, Friendship, and Encouragement.
Kathy’s Camp for Kids took a much needed break following the unfortunate passing of Kathy Van Riper, the namesake and founder of Kathy’s Camp for Kids. The organization is also in the midst of a minor administrative restructure, but we anticipate our 2012 calendar will be starting in June 2012..near the start of the summer break for kids.
Finally, the second annual Kathy’s Race will be held on April 14th 2012 at Spring Lake in Santa Rosa. This is a 5k fun run/walk in honor of Kathy Van Riper. All proceeds go to Kathy’s Camp for Kids and to local breast cancer charities. Please click HERE to register for this fun event.