Exciting updates unveiled at recent camper reunion
On January 25, 2015, Camp Kids are Kids Chicago (CKAKC) – the only urban camp for kids living with cancer – hosted a reunion at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) for children who attended the Camp’s inaugural session in August 2014. Campers and their families gathered in the Hotel’s Pearson Room, from 1-3pm. They reconnected with one another, enjoyed an array of sweet and savory treats, viewed a montage of 2014’s festivities, and learned exciting news about this year’s Camp.
“It was incredible to have everyone back together, as though we never parted ways,” said Blaine J. Blanchard, Founder, Camp Kids are Kids Chicago. “Watching the kids reunite and seeing a sea of smiles across the room was truly heartwarming. It made me even more excited for ‘Roughin’ it at The Ritz’ year two!”
Among the announcements were this year’s theme and dates. The 2015 Camp Kids are Kids will take place, from August 9-13, and “Game On” is the theme for the fun-filled five days. The Ritz-Carlton Chicago will, once again, act as the campground, transforming luxurious guest suites into bunk cabins, for a more ordinary camp experience.
Furthermore, this year’s Camp Director was unveiled, Rich Brundige, who joined the group last year as Activities Coordinator. Rich has been involved with pediatric oncology camps for 18 years, holding a variety of leadership positions. He serves on the Children’s Oncology Camping Association- International (COCA-I) Board, expanding his involvement nationwide.
Last year’s Camp featured traditional activities, such as campfires and cookouts, arts and crafts, and swimming, while also taking advantage of the urban setting with a dinner cruise, visit to the Museum of Science and Industry, ice cream atop the famed John Hancock Center, and much more. Campers anxiously await August’s itinerary – sure to be another epic week – and, at the reunion, documented their vision for how “Game On” might unfold.
CKAKC is thrilled to host 32 children this year, an increase from last year’s 26, with absolutely no financial obligation from their families. Campers will be from the Chicagoland area, ages 8-16. Leading up to August, a number of local fundraisers will take place to help fund this year’s programming. For more information, visit http://www.campkidsarekids.org/.