Camp Good Days provides service and support for families affected by cancer or sickle cell anemia. The program covers Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and the Southern Tier.
Lisa Booz started her day by calming down one of her campers.
Eight-year-old Fiona Donnelly, who is battling acute lymphocytic leukemia, was feeling tired and irritable. But Booz, the WNY regional director of Camp Good Days, settled her down. Moments like this are able to occur again as Camp Good Days returns to normal operations this year.
“Engaging with the kids is the most rewarding part,” said Booz, who has been involved with the camp for 17 years. “It’s a relief to get back to business, to get back to the tradition of what we do.”
Fiona is one of 42 children who took part in the 34th annual Junior Good Days camp this past week, one of several ventures run by Camp Good Days. The day camp returns to a normal schedule for the first time since 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic caused the 2020 and 2021 events to be modified.
“I like camp a lot,” said Fiona, who wants to be a YouTuber when she gets older. “The counselors are funny.”