Horizon Day Camps returns to in-person for kids dealing with cancer

Horizon Day Camps returns to personal for children dealing with cancer

Updated: 5:48 PM EDT June 13, 2021

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WEEK. JE NNIFER: A LOCAL CAMP FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER AND THEIR BROTHERS GETS BACK TO PERSONAL CAMP THIS YEAR. JOIN US MORE, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HORIZON DAY CAMPS, MKAR MCELRATH, SXHT MOTHER OF THE FIRST TEIM CAMP PARTICIPANT, MELANIE CAB YA. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. >> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. > MELANIE, I WANT TO START WITH YOU AND NOAH. HOW EXCITING IS IT TO RETURN TO THE CAMP? >> OH IT’S SO EXCITING. LAST YEAR IT WAS SO DEVASTATING NOT TO BE PERSONAL IN THE CAMP. NOAH IS THE VERY FIRST CAMPER EVER. SIX SUMMERS AGO, WHEN HE WAS Diagnosed with LEUKEMIA, HE HAD THE CHANCE TO CAMP WITH OTHER CHILDREN WHO HAVE CANCER AND FIND BROTHERS AND A HOME AWAY FROM HOME. WE ARE SO EXCITED TO RETURN TO IN-PERSONP CAM THIS SUMMER. >> NOAN, AS IF YOU ARE THE BIG MAN ON THE CAMPUS. YOU KNOW ALL THE INS AND OUTS. YOU PROBABLY LIKE THE WELCOMING COMMITTEE. >> YES. IT’S CRAZY TO BE THE FIRST CAMPING. I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE. BUT I MADE SO MANY FRIENDS. IS AMAZING. JENNIFER: WE WILL TALK ABOUT YOUR BAND IN A SECOND. FIRST I WANT TO EXPLAIN MARK TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD ABOUT THIS CAMP, THE OPPORTUNITIES CHILDREN MAY HAVE THERE. >> OKAY. THANK YOU, JEN. SO JEN, THE LAST TIME YOU AND I VISIT WAS LAST SUMMER, MIDDLE OF OUR VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE. AND THAT WAS REALLY SO SUCCESSFUL AND FUN THROUGH BYLL A MEASURES. WE CONTINUE TO OFFER THAT AS A SECONDARY OPTION FOR OUR HORIZON FAMILIES. AS YOU PROPOSED, WE ARE MOST EXCITED TO RETURN TO OUR IN-PERSON CAMP. WE ARE AT BOYS LATIN, A BEAUTIFUL PRIVATE SCHOOL IN BALTIMORE CITY, BALTIMORE COUNTY LINE. HORIZON DAY CAMP HAD A BROADER CONTEXT. WE ARE A LOCAL ORGANIZATION BASED IN BALTIMORE BUT SERVING CHILDREN IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND AS FAR SOUTH AS WASHINGTON DC WE ARE PART OF A LARGER ORGANIZATION CALLED SUNRISE ASSOCIATION. OUR MISSIONS I HELP HELP THE JOY OF CHILDHOOD TO CHILDREN WHO HAVE CHILD CANCER, ALSO SIB LICHX. WE DO THAT IN A FEW DIFFERENT WAYS THROUGH A FREE SUMMER DAY CAMP. WE WORK WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, JOHNS HOPKINS, SINAI HOSPITAL AND CHILDREN NATIONALLY TO OFFER IN-HOSPITAL PROGRAINMMG. SUMMER CAMP, PROVIDING JOY AND GOODWILL TO THE KIDS. WHEN WE ARE NOT IN SUMMER CAMP, WE DO NOT OFFER PROGRAMS YEAR THROUGH RUNE. FOR THE CAMP TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, WE HAVE ALL THE ACTIVITIES YOU COULD THINK WHEN YOU CAN DO A TRADITIONAL CAMP. WE HAVE ARTS AND CRAFTS AND MUSIC AND SCIENCE AND WE ALSO HAVE LOTS OF ETH LARGE ORGANIZATIONS FROM THE REGION. SO THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUMS AND THE LOCAL SPORTS TEAMS AND THE SCIENCE CENTERS AND ORGANIZATIONS. EVRYTHG INWE DO GOES TO GIVE THE CHILDREN FUN, HELP THEM FORGET SOME OTHER CHALLENGES THEY MAY COME, AT THE SAME TIME TO HELP TMHE INTERPERSONAL FRIENDS, DEVELOP AND DEVELOP ANY SKILLS FOR YOU: NOAH, THAT HAS TO BE FAASTTIC. MOTHER WHO HAS YOUR CHILDREN IN A NORMAL ENVIRONMENT TO BE NEAR OTHER CHILDREN WHO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY WILL DO, CAN YOU TALK TO THAT? >> IT’S JUST A — NOAH HAS MADE GREAT FRIENDS AND THERE IS A SPECIAL LINK THAT CHILDREN WITH CANCER AND THEIR SISTERS HAVE TOGETHER. THEY GO THROUGH SOMETHING TRAUMATIC AND SOMETIMES THE VERY BIG CHALLENGES. BUT ALL THAT DISAPPEARS IN THE CAMP. I ALWAYS SAY THAT HORIZON, THERE IS A SUNRISE IN THE HORIZON AT HORIZON DAY CAMP BECAUSE IT IS REALLY A LIGHT IN THE LIFE OF THESE CHILDREN WHO GO SO MUCH AND THEIR SIBLINGS, WHO ARE YOU GOING TOO. THEY ARE AMAZING, WRAKING THEIR ARMS AROUND THE WHOLE FAMILY. WE ARE EXCITED AUTBO THE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES. JENNIFER: THE SUMRME CONCERT SERIES, NOAN, YOU ARE GOING TO PLAY. REVIEWER IS IT GOING OUT HERE? >> I’M GOING TO PLAY DRUMS. I DRUMSS THE BEST. JENNIFER: DRUMS IS YOUR LIFE, IT SOUNDS LIKE. THAT IS AMAZING. MARK, IF PEOPLE WANT TO BE ENGAGED, HOW CAN THEY REACH YOU? >> SO THE BEST STEP IS TO LOG IN TO HORIZONDAYCAMP.ORG. WHETHER IT IS ON THE PHILANTHROPICAL SIDE, OR IT IS PARENTS WHO WANT TO ENROLL CAMPSITES. JEN, PROBABLY OUR BIGGEST MESSAGE THIS MORNING IS THAT WE WANT VIEWERS TO KNOW THAT WE EXIST, SO IF IN THE FUTURE SHE IS NEARBY OR MEETING COLLEAGUES OR FAMILY OR FRIENDS OR NOW THIS TYPE OF CRISIS MAY COMPLETE OUR CRISIS AND THAT WOULD BE THEM KNOW WE EXT. IT WOULD BE OUR PRIVILEGE TO GET AS MANY CHILDREN AS WE CAN FOR A BEAUTIFUL SMER THIS SUMMER AND YEAR AHEAD. JENNIFER: NOAH, IF WE KNOW YOU PLAY THE DRUMS, YOU HAVE THE IDEA YOU MADE US TO BREAKTHROUGH. >> JOIN US JULY 28 AT WHITE MARSH AND THE AVEN

Horizon Day Camps returns to personal for children dealing with cancer

Updated: 5:48 PM EDT June 13, 2021

A local camp for children with cancer and their siblings is returning to an in-person camp this year. Joining us with more is Horizon Day Camp’s Executive Director, Mark McElrath, and the mother of the camp’s first entrant, Melanie Kabia.

A local camp for children with cancer and their siblings is returning to an in-person camp this year. Joining us with more is Horizon Day Camp’s Executive Director, Mark McElrath, and the mother of the camp’s first entrant, Melanie Kabia.

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