Special summer camp for kids with cancer

Here's how to donate:

Click here, click on the "Ways to Give" tab, then "Donate Here", then pulldown menu under designation- click "Camp Eagle’s Nest"

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The East Tennessee Children's Hospital holds it's annual summer camp called Camp Eagle's Nest for children with cancer or rare blood disorders.

It's just like any other overnight summer camp where kids enjoy the adventure of the great outdoors.

Gracie Norman is just one of the kids at camp; she was diagnosed with cancer when she was 3 years old but now she is in remission and she said "I love camp it's awesome. We've done archery, canoeing, fishing and swung on a tire swing!"

She has made new friends at camp who participated in some late night mischief.

"Last night we jumped on the beds, ran around the cabin and stayed up past our bed time. I don't think everyone should do that though because I'm tired today." said Gracie

Camp is a time for her and other children to feel normal and not sick; something Brandon Smith a camp counselor knows first hand.

"I was a camper for 12 years and I've been a counselor for 2 years. I love coming back every year and being here for the kids. I know what they're going through because I've been there too." said Brandon

While the kids take on new adventures; the doctors and nurses on hand get a new perspective.

Nicky Shular an Oncology Nurse said "We get to see the good and the bad. It just shows us that these kids are resilient and half the time they don't even realize they are sick. It's just good to have them in a different environment."

For the past 31 years donations have helped these kids go to camp for free. If you want to help send a kid to camp visit the link below.

Go to etch.com, click on the Ways to Give tab, then Donate Here, then pulldown menu under designation- click Camp Eagle’s Nest

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