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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Guess which committee we're granting our first Voluntine to!

Guess which committee we're granting our first Voluntine to!

Is there any better time of the year than February to tell your loved ones how much you care? We absolutely adore our volunteers, who give so much of their time and energy throughout the year to make our organization possible. Last year, we declared February 11 “Voluntine’s Day” to highlight the amazing individuals who work tirelessly for Camp Casco. This year, we’re declaring February Voluntine’s MONTH!

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Three ways to get to know Camp Casco on 1/22!

We love getting to know our community and spreading the word about Camp Casco. We have lots of events lined up over the next few months to help us do this, but Sunday, January 22 is extra-special, as we have not one, or two, but three events taking place! Near, far, wherever you are, we hope you'll attend one to learn more about camp and help us reach more kids who can benefit this year.

1 - Sudbury Camp Fair

11:00am - 2:00pm
Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School
390 Lincoln Road Sudbury, MA, 01776 United States

Please join us and bring the kids – Admission is FREE! If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hi!
 

2- Free Family Social: Climb with Camp Casco

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Central Rock Gym
74 Acton Street Watertown, MA, 02472 United States

Escape the cold and join Camp Casco for a fun day of indoor rock climbing at Central Rock Gym! All past, current, and interested camp families are invited to attend. This complimentary event is provided by Camp Casco and the Northeastern Climbing Team, who have kindly volunteered to help facilitate this event!

To ensure that we have enough belayers for our group size, please register no later than Sunday, January 15.

Past & current Camp Casco families, please register for this free event here. Prospective camp families, please contact Erin (erin@campcasco.org) to receive a special access code!
 

3- Virtual Info Session with Lo

8:00pm - 9:00pm
Facebook Live

Krystin "Lo" Whitacre, Camp Director

Krystin "Lo" Whitacre, Camp Director

Join Camp Casco for our first-ever Virtual Information Session with Camp Director, Krystin "Lo" Whitacre! She'll be using Facebook Live to give you an idea of what it's like to attend Camp Casco.  Topics will include our daily activities, the campsite, our 2017 camp theme, meals, and more! Plus, live participants will get the chance to ask Lo any questions about camp and get answers on the spot. Tune into our Facebook page to attend!

Not able to tune in live? No problem! You'll still be able to watch the video of the information session on our Facebook page after it takes place.