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Virtual camp planned for ­children with cancer

ESCANABA — Camp Quality Michigan, with the support of the U.P. Lions Club, will be providing a virtual camp experience this year for U.P. and Wisconsin children that are currently in treatment or have previously been treated for cancer or have other chronic blood disorders, as well as their siblings. Camp week is July 12-16. The camp theme this year is THRIVE. Organizers will be taking kids on an adventure with daily themes of Creativity, Humor, Confidence, Gratitude, and Zest through the use of imagination, fun, and lots of enthusiasm. Each child will receive a backpack filled with the items needed to participate in the week of camp along with other fun Camp Quality items. We will be using the ZOOM and FlipGrid platforms to interact with the kids throughout the week. We would traditionally hold a week long onsite camp, but due to COVID, will be providing a safer option for our families.

There will be an in-person kickoff event on June 19 at Bay Cliff Health Camp (following all state and national COVID guidelines). This will give the campers, siblings, and families an opportunity to meet Camp Quality staff, meet other campers, and see the beautiful camp facility where we plan to hold future family events and week-long camp.

Camp Quality is a national organization with approximately 21 camps throughout the United States. Camp Quality Michigan was the second camp started, with our first camp held in Boyne City Michigan in 1987. We provide week long camping experiences for children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders and their siblings along with several family events throughout the year. All of our programs are offered to the families at no cost. Camp Quality is totally funded by fundraising events and generous donors such as the U.P. Lions.

To register for the virtual camp and the kickoff event, go to the Camp Quality Michigan website at: https://www.campqualityusa.org/mi/ and click on the THRIVE logo on the home page.

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