Camp One Step
” WE CAN’T WAIT ‘TIL IT’S TIME FOR CAMP !!! “
That’s precisely what you will hear from all campers, counselors, medical staff, volunteers, and other benefactors, who have experienced Camp One Step, when asked at any time during the year about these fun filled programs.
“The outlook for a child with cancer and leukemia has dramatically improved over the past 25 to 30 years, and because so many children are, fortunately, surviving, these camps are needed.” Edward S. Baum, MD, founder ofthe Camp One Step programs.
Camp One Step offer safe, normal fun to kids regardless of their need for medical treatment.The status of the child’s therapy does not influence eligibility for camp or participation in camp activities. Children may be undergoing therapy, completely off therapy or have no further therapy available. Health professionals are continuously on site to provide blood counts, chemotherapy or any other medical assistance that might be required.
Camp One Step have physicians, nurses, medical technicians donating their time and energy on a voluntary basis. Some of them do particpate as members of the care-giving team while many others simply act as primary cabin counselors. For all of them, camp provides a unique and a challenging opportunity where they can interact with the children socially, as friends and mentors as well as care-givers. Most volunteer health professionals are associated with the same hospital-based oncology programs where the campers are or have been patients.
“When you see the smiles on these kids’ faces, it’s wonderful . . .” The camps give them a chance to just be normal kids again and put their experiences as hospital patients behind for a while. . . . I still marvel at what some of them can do.” Diane Mesh, the summer camp Director stated. The Camp One Step programs are open to any child with cancer orleukemia between the ages of 7 through 20 being treated in Illinois, Wisconsin, or northern Indiana. Children from other states may also participate, depending on availablity of space.
BIG BIKES HELPING LITTLE TYKES
Big Bikes Helping Little Tykes is holding it's 18th Annual 140 mile Motorcycle Run to
benefit the Camp One Step and we are asking for your help.
Camp One Step is a camp that allows children and adolescents with cancer and
leukemia, regardless of their medical status, a fun summer experience where they can
just be kids. They can build mental and physical strength through activities, as well as
bonds of friendship with other kids who are undergoing similar experiences.
This camp is run and operated solely by volunteers, from the counselors to the doctors
and nurses that are continuously on site. Additionally, the camp tuition is based on the
family's ability to pay and is often waived, in part or totally, depending on their financial
Over the past years we have been able to raise over $550,000 with help from people
and businesses like you. I am asking for your help and there are many ways you can
show your support, donate raffle prizes, collect pledges from your friends, family and
employees or join us the day of the run. You can also purchase an advertising space in
our program; a quarter page is $25, half page is $50 and full page ads are $100. We
look forward to hearing from you. For additional information feel free to contact us.
Big Bikes Helping Little Tykes.
Big Bikes helping Little Tykes is a humanitarian, social, organization, founded to augment the financial needs of Children’s Oncology Services “Camp One Step Summer Camp” We believe that a diagnosis of cancer should not prevent a child from experiencing the simple joys of childhood.
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