Camps bring hope to kids with chronic illnesses

ARAPAHOE, N.C. – (WNCT) Two camps in the east are bringing hope to kids with chronic illnesses.

Camp Rainbow and Camp Hope have been around for years and are underway right now.

Both camps kicked off Monday in Arapahoe. They give children with cancer, hemophilia and sickle cell disease the chance to experience summer camp just like everyone else.

WNCT has been following the camps’ efforts for years.

This year, 60 campers are in for a week full of sailing, swimming, canoeing and crafts at the Don Lee Center.

The camp is free of cost, thanks to donations from various organizations and individuals throughout eastern North Carolina.

East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine created the camps.

“This way we get to bring the doctors and nurses from the Brody School of Medicine to give the kids any of the care that they need while they’re at camp,” said camp director Jacque Sauls.

Medical staff is also on hand all week to provide necessary support.

Sauls says many of their volunteers have battled these illnesses first-hand, so they make great mentors for new campers.

WNCT will continue following the camps this year as they help more kids than ever before.

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