Annual Chocolate Ball goes online to support camp for kids with epilepsy

For 14-year-old Sydney Radcliff, camp is an escape. “It’s comforting. You don’t have to worry about other people being scared and judging you. You don’t have to worry about people judging you for having epilepsy and stuff,” said Sydney. This summer will mark Sydney’s sixth time at Camp EAGR, part of EPI or Empowering People’s…

Mother with cancer finds help for her daughter at Camp Kesem

Kellee Edwards sits on the front porch of her home in the Meadowthorpe neighborhood watching bicyclists and walkers power past. Because of her advanced cancer, she can only watch the people with powerful limbs and boundless energy soaring by. Her future is fuzzy. But she can plan for the future of her daughter, who is…

Teens donate summer tips to train a therapy dog for boy with epilepsy

Sometimes it’s not the quantity of a gift that counts, but the spirit in which it’s given. That was the case last week when a dozen teenagers who work concessions at Harrison Recreation ballfields took their tips collected during the three-month baseball season and gave them to 9-year-old Cooper Barnes. Cooper was diagnosed at age…

The ‘magical’ camp for children whose parents have cancer

When Abigail “Abi” Yates was 10 and her father was battling a rare blood disease, her parents told her they were sending her to a special summer camp. She cried. “I did not want to go. I didn’t know anybody. I was like, ‘Why do I have to do this?’ ” Abi said. “And, at the…

Camp Rainbow Gold helps kids with cancer feel like just kids

Lindsay Braunwalder was diagnosed with medulloblastoma just before her 9th birthday. She underwent a year of treatment for a walnut-sized tumor at the base of her brain stem, and though she doesn’t remember a lot about that year, “I do remember camp,” she says. “That first year changed my life because it changed my outlook,”…