STORIES OF MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR KIDS WITH CANCER
Summer Camp Love
Meet ASK kid Molly, one of our 2016 Kourageous Kids.
Molly has Beta Thalassemia Major, a blood disorder that reduces the production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the iron-containing protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the cells throughout the body.
Molly is transfusion-dependent and will receive a blood transfusion every three weeks for the rest of her life. Since kids with serious blood disorders are treated in the ASK Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic, they are also included in ASK’s programs.
That’s just one thing to know about Molly. What’s more important to know about her is that she’s a sweet, funny girl who likes dancing, music and dolls. She especially loves anything American Girl.
We first met Molly at last year's summer camp where she decorated cupcakes, played handbells, and enjoyed games with other kids from clinic. Her mom shares that Molly loves going to ASK’s summer enrichment camp and seeing her friends Sylvia and Josh.
Pictured above: Molly decorating cupcakes with Sylvia, camp helper.
ASK summer camp is a chance for so many of our kids in similar situations to have a place where everyone understands because everyone lives the experience... and, it's fun! Who doesn't love cupcakes??
Camp is also important for the parents. It's an opportunity for them to have a safe place for their child to go during the day. Since the financial burden for many of our families who have a child with ongoing health problems is often heavy, ASK’s camp is provided for free.
Donations are necessary though for paying for teachers, special activities and purchasing supplies. If you'd like to help us host our three weeks of summer camp for 2017, please consider making a donation using the link below.
We can't wait to see Molly's big smile at this year's camp! We'd love for you to stop by and see her smile, too. Email Britt Nelson to learn more and to set up a visit.