Camp Rock

School's out for most of the students in our region, time for some much needed fun in the sun.

Summer camp has always been about finding your independence; for one group it’s a chance to forget about cancer.

"I've been going for three years."

Abbey Hopkins is a cancer survivor who looks forward to this trip every year.

Right after breakfast she and five others from this area are heading to Camp Rock, somewhere just outside of Orlando, and the one thing she looks forward to is the food fight.

"Just where you get to throw food at people and pudding, especially, that's the fun part," shared Hopkins. "You get to throw pudding at your counselors rolling in macaroni and cheese."

For Keairra Richardson this will be her first time away from her aunt. Her mother passed away four years ago, and then she found out she had cancer. This may be one of her first real chances to live life as a normal kid.

"We'll, I'm very excited about going to camp, and I want to go swimming, and I want to have fun," said Keairra Richardson.

The American Cancer Society helps pay the cost for each child taking their trip away from home.

"The doctors tell them about the camp and the American Cancer Society, if their doctors recommend them to go to camp, the American Cancer Society sends them," added Kitty Flynn.

The camp bus will be picking up students all across Florida for the camp next week. Both girls received treatment for their cancer at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.


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