For people whose “routine” is defined by medical tests, treatments, and hospital stays, vacation is not a luxury. It is an absolute necessity. Camp allows them to step out – even for a few days – from the depths of despair and fear, into blessed moments of joy and release.
Each year, Ezer Mizion coordinates summer camps for children and parents with cancer together with their families. Our Summer Camp is the annual highlight of ongoing cancer support activities that Ezer Mizion arranges for these children and their families. The program includes exciting activities, trips, fun and entertainment, all under top level medical supervision.
The serious illness of a parent or child impacts the whole family unit. When the entire family is involved in fighting serious illness, those who are closest and most important are often “left behind”. The Summer Camp activities that are geared both for the cancer patients and their family members gives them all a chance to relax and, at the same time, to restore family relationships that are often strained by repeated hospitalizations through the course of treatment.
Positivity and optimism gives cancer patients the strength to fight their illness. An upbeat frame of mind is every bit as vital for recovery as are radiation, chemotherapy and drug therapies. Ezer Mizion’s summer camp is the practical response to this need, fortifying cancer patients and their
families in their struggle with life threatening illness.
|Group Profile||Population||Camp Type||Sessions||Days||Total Campers||Staff||Volunteers|
|Cancer Patients||Patients and their families||Sleepaway||1||5||504||10||42|
|Cancer Patients||Patients and their families||Sleepaway||2||4 days/ session||580||14||40|
|Cerebral Palsy||Teens and young adults||Sleepaway||2||3 days/ session||55||4||55|