SIU Sponsors Child Cancer Patients for Camp

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SPRINGFIELD – The Children's Oncology Camps of America will host 155 children with cancer and other blood disorders for its 30th year.

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield will be holding the week long camp July 5 – 10 at the Timber Pointe Outdoor Conference Center on Lake Bloomington. This year's camp features the theme “Game On.”

Campers, ages 5 – 17, are able to participate in recreation activities while still being able to receive medical attention. The school's pediatric staff members spend the week with the campers providing care and sharing time with their patients and their patient's siblings who attend.

Health professionals from St. Jude's Affiliate in Peoria and community volunteers from Springfield will also attend and give assistance.

Director of SIU's pediatric hematology and oncology division Gregory P. Brandt serves as the camp's medical director.

“The campers get a second chance at the childhood they have lost during the camp's week of activities, giving them a time to just have fun,” Brandt says.

The SIU pediatrics department established the COCO Children's Cancer Fund to support the camp and other year-round projects for patients. Contributions can be made by clicking here.

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