Our short time as an organization has been a whirlwind, but we'd like to take a step back for a minute and address an issue that deeply impacts every camper and family that we serve: the lack of national funding for childhood cancer research.
Childhood cancer advocacy group The Truth 365 explains:
The following graphic from St. Baldricks illustrates the average number of years of life lost to cancer, from 15 for adults to a mind-blowing 71 years of life lost by children! There is no question that kids battling childhood cancers deserve better treatment options and #MoreThan4 percent of NCI funding. There is a significant need to increase awareness of the long-term struggles childhood cancer patients face, and that this disease is still a very real problem, far from being solved.
Our Head Counselor, Victoria "Scout" Valencia, attended the Pediatric Cancer Candlelight Vigil in front of the White House on October 17, 2015, to represent Camp Casco in the fight to make pediatric cancer research funding a national priority. Below, she explains why it was more important than ever to attend the vigil, rescheduled after its original event on September 19 was inexplicably shut down:
A HUGE thank you to Scout for representing Camp Casco at this incredibly important event, and to all who refuse to be discouraged by the ongoing fight against childhood cancer. We will continue to stand up for our campers, our families, and the childhood cancer community. If you're ready to join the fight, check out this page to find out what you can do to help.