EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – A camp in Eau Claire is giving kids diagnosed with cancer and their families a chance to escape for a moment and connect with others in the struggle.
Joshua's Camp is a nonprofit organization that provides a fun-filled weekend for children that have been diagnosed with cancer and it’s opened its door for nine families in the Chippewa Valley.
The camp was held throughout Eau Claire Saturday.
It provides retreat style programs for children diagnosed with cancer and their whole family.
The 2013 spring camp is their second event.
The camp is free of charge and a dream come true for kids and families.
“Joshua lost his battle with cancer in 2008 and while he was in treatment, he said ‘some day when I get better, I want to find a camp or be a part of a place where the whole family can come, and we can just have fun again, and be a family again, and we with other families’, and so our dream became Joshua’s Camp,” said camp director John Finney.
The Kugler family who attended the event said their 4 year-old son Jonas was diagnosed with cancer when he was only 3.
Jonas has been cancer-free for 6 months. The family said it was a scary time for them while Jonas was going through treatment and Joshua’s Camp gave them an opportunity to forget about the pain for a moment and connect with other families who understand what they are going through.
“What Joshua’s Camp is really trying hard to do is here is a weekend where you can just forget all these other things, there is no doctors, there is no hospitals, it's just play time for 4 days and it's really good for the kids, and it's nice for the parents too,” said Christopher Kugler.
Joshua's Camp is going to hold another retreat program this October.