Pediatric cancer patients head to Camp Dreamcatcher

Posted at 6:14 PM, Jun 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-25 23:47:09-04

Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center cancer patients were given a special sendoff Sunday morning before heading to a week-long summer camp.

Camp Dreamcatcher, through Baylor Scott & White, is held each summer for hematology/oncology patients between the ages of 6 and 15 who have received treatment at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's. The camp is held at Camp for All in Burton. It started in the summer of 1999.

"We feel like camp is sort of an extension of the medical treatment that we provide in the hospital. We don't think of it as an extra fun thing," Jenny Damron, Director of Camp Dreamcatcher, said. "I love to get them outside of the medical environment and see them as kids. rather than just patients. Seeing them interact with their friends, seeing them do challenges that maybe they've never tried before and feeling super proud and confident to do it."

One hundred and three kids are attending the camp this week. 

Makenzie Motl is attending the camp for her third time.

"They have dances and I think that's pretty much what I want to do a lot. It's really fun," Motl said. "People know I have cancer and they always act a little different around me and it makes me feel uncomfortable and ask me a lot of questions. But when I'm with people like me they don't ask me anything like that."

The Harley Owners Group (HOG) helped escort the children to camp on Sunday. The campers will return to Temple on Friday.

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