A Promise Is A Promise

A Promise Is A Promise

In all honesty, this blog post has been a long time coming, but it’s been harder than I can express to sit down and write it. It strays from our typical blogs, in which we strive to remain positive and uplifting, and touches upon bereavement and how we’re coping with a difficult loss in our camp family. That said, our dear camper and friend Ellen Erickson brought so much joy and love to so many of us at camp, that we feel both a privilege and an obligation to share her story. I sincerely thank Head Counselor & Volunteer Manager Victoria “Scout” Valencia for helping put Ellen's impact into words.

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Camp Casco Awards Pediatric Oncologist Stephen Sallan with Friend For Life Accolate

SUDBURY, MA. -- December 1, 2017 --- Camp Casco, a nonprofit organization offering free camp experiences for childhood cancer patients and survivors, presented Stephen Sallan, M.D., a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute pediatric oncologist, with its first annual Friend For Life award at the Campfires and Cocktails annual benefit. The “Friend for Life” award recognizes an outstanding individual who has greatly impacted the childhood cancer community. Dr. Sallan is a leader in his field, through his work progressing the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of pediatric cancer and a disease that affects many of Camp Casco’s campers.

 From left: Erin Stern, Dr. Stephen Sallan, and camper Maeve

From left: Erin Stern, Dr. Stephen Sallan, and camper Maeve

“I am honored and humbled to be a Friend for Life,” said Dr. Sallan, upon receipt of the award at the Campfires and Cocktails fundraiser. “We all know what the scourge of cancer is. We have lived it our whole lives. Our mission is to diminish the surgeon of cancer. And an organization such as this is the elongated shadow of its leader and [co-founder and CEO] Erin, you certainly cast a large shadow.”

Dr. Sallan is a pediatric oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children's Hospital, professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Staff Emeritus at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He has dedicated his career to improving long-term outcomes for children and young adults affected by ALL. Dr Sallan’s therapy treatments offer less toxic options and have improved childhood cancer survival rates.

“The passion Dr. Sallan puts into his research and treatments for pediatric cancer patients is admirable,” said Erin Stern, co-founder and CEO, Camp Casco. “Approximately 20 percent of children with leukemia cannot be treated by current therapies and Dr. Sallan is committed to finding them a less toxic treatment. He is an invaluable member of the childhood cancer community and we are thrilled to name him Camp Casco’s Friend for Life.”

“Dr. Sallan was unanimously selected to be the inaugural Friend For Life award winner because he epitomizes Camp Casco’s value of striving to improve the lives of pediatric oncology patients and survivors,” said Dr. Michael Goldberg co-founder and board member, Camp Casco. “Dr. Sallan has dedicated his career to patient care and to scientific research. He has won numerous awards, including the James Carreras Prize for International Pediatrician of the Year and ASCO’s Pediatric Oncology Award and Lecture and was clearly an excellent choice.”

Coping with childhood cancer: Where to turn for emotional support

Coping with childhood cancer: Where to turn for emotional support

The diagnosis of a childhood cancer is often shocking, and can change a family's dynamics, routines, and entire home life overnight. While there's no quick fix to solve the many challenges of surviving childhood cancer, we're glad to know of several wonderful support services available to help your family through the rigors of treatment and beyond.

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Expect Miracles at our Family Resource Fair!

Expect Miracles at our Family Resource Fair!

Fortunately for college-bound kids, there are a number of college scholarships available for childhood cancer patients and survivors across the nation. Fortunately for you, the organization behind one of these wonderful scholarships will be joining us at our Family Resource Fair, just in time for their 2017 application deadline!

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We really "like" this committee!

We really "like" this committee!

Our Marketing team has the huge responsibility of communicating everything going on in our organization to the general public - between fundraisers, new events, camp enrollment, amazing donations, and organizational growth, we keep them pretty busy! It's so important to us to communicate these updates to our network while staying true to our mission and our brand. We truly could not do this without the hard work of this incredible committee!

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Meet The Family (Outreach Committee)!

Meet The Family (Outreach Committee)!

Our slogan - Fun for a Week, Support for Life - represents Camp Casco's commitment to not only provide an amazing week of camp each summer, but also to provide sources of emotional support for families affected by childhood cancer throughout the year. Between free family socials, clinic visits, information sessions, and finding opportunities to share, this team is constantly looking for new ways to support our camp families.

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Our Finance Committee warms our heart!

Our Finance Committee warms our heart!

On cold winter days like this, it's amazing individuals like our Finance Committee members who warm our heart. They work closely with every committee as well as our Board of Directors to ensure that every dollar we receive is put to the best use. From creating our annual and project budgets to tracking the generous gifts we receive throughout the year, this team plays such an essential role in our organization, we don't know what we would do without them!

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Happy Voluntine's Month to our Camp Planning team!

Happy Voluntine's Month to our Camp Planning team!

As a younger organization, you can imagine how much it meant to us to learn that multiple campers refer to Camp Casco as "home." Imagine the safety, the comfort, the nurturing environment that a child must feel in order to associate any given place with the ideals of "home." This is what Camp Casco has created in just two years of camp, and it's thanks to the incredible efforts of our second Voluntine of the month, our amazingly talented Camp Planning team.

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