"Camp Watcha Wanna Do" helps children with cancer

There's a place that's meeting the needs of children with cancer outside of the hospital room. It's called "Camp Watcha Wanna Do".

Posted: Jun. 12, 2018 7:29 PM
Updated: Jun. 13, 2018 10:30 AM

WOLCOTTVILLE, Ind. (WFFT)- It's a one-week summer camp for children with cancer or a brain tumor and it's giving kids a memorable summer for free.

"I didn't expect it to be such a huge part of my summer every year and now I come back every year," 16 year old Henri Spoelheof said.

"Camp Watcha Wanna Do" is providing kids like Henri with an opportunity to build lasting friendships, experience a variety of activities ,develop a sense of independence and self-confidence.

Every child here has something in common. They're fighting the same fight.

"They are always dealing with the cancer. It's apart of their life even if they are in remission,"volunteer nurse Vince Wirtner said.

It's here in this place where fun becomes the center of it all.

"It'a s a nice time to get away. I've heard campers say that too. They'll say, 'I forget that I have cancer sometimes because I'm having such a good time with friends'," he added.

While children are away for the free one week of fun, they're in the care of professionals, and not like your regular camp.

This camp has five nurses instead of having one on staff like other camps.

"It changed our lives. The kids look forward to it all year long. It gives the nurses a chance to see them in a different light.
When they come to the hospital, they're sick. they don't feel good.
Here, we see them running and playing,"Lutheran Children's Hospital nurse Shelley Kaiser said.

The camp is offered to children between the ages of 7 – 18,and relies completely on community support and funding from private donors.

To register for the camp call 260 609-3155.

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