Camp Rainbow brought many smiles to Cardinal Glennon patients in July.
Opened in the summer of 1988, Camp Rainbow provides a camping experience for seriously ill children with cancer and blood related disorders in the St. Louis area. The camp allows kids to engage in fun activities, make new friends and find relief from everyday stress caused by their illnesses. And for the first time since its inception, the organization brought camp days to a hospital environment, on the fourth floor at Cardinal Glennon.
“For our patients who have not had the experience before, Camp Rainbow was a special opportunity to get a taste of summer camp,” said David Ish, Child Life Specialist.
The entire staff for Camp Rainbow is volunteers, including youth counselors and unit heads, professional adult supervisors, child life specialists, pediatric oncology nurses and physicians. More than 60 businesses in the St. Louis area donate goods and services to the camp as well, and 100 percent of every dollar raised for Camp Rainbow goes directly to provide a quality program experience for each camper.
“Coming to Cardinal Glennon for two days was wonderful for our staff and especially for the patients. It captured the children’s desire to participate in a camp experience in a hospital setting,” said Ronnie Brockman, Co-Director of Camp Rainbow. “We are eager to work with Cardinal Glennon to expand this aspect of our program and return next summer.”
For more information, visit www.camprainbow.com