Camp Quality USA: Providing the chance to be normal for children with cancer

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WEST MONROE, La. (5/14/19) — Cancer is a disease that affects one out of every three people in the United States. Kyle Watson was diagnosed with cancer when he was only six years old and it affected his brain and spine.

“Most places we go, people ask us like oh your had cancer how was that?” he said.

However, it was summer camp at Camp Quality, which gave him a chance to be normal.

“Everybody’s gone through that, they don’t ask any questions, they know the routine,” said Watson.

The mantra behind the camp is simple, “While we can’t control the quantity of life but we can control the quality of life,” said Executive Director Alan Barth.

Camp Quality has been around for over 300 years, it’s a week-long camp at Kings Camp in Mer Rouge. The camp is geared towards children ages 5 to 17.  Watson, who is in his fourth year of remission explained that it’s activities like horseback riding that makes the camp fun. Currently, though, they’re in need of participants.

“It’s just kind of hard to go out there and say, hey we’re looking for kids with cancer but we are,” said Barth.

They need 45 kids that have or have had cancer and their siblings can come too; the cost is free. For Watson, cancer has never really been a bad thing

“You never feel sad, you don’t even realize you’re sick,” he said.

He shared that the worst part is, “To tell you the truth, the thing I was most upset about was having to cut my hair.”

Camp Quality has given Watson a home, one that he’s hopeful others will fall in love with too.

“Please volunteer, please come, definitely worth it,” he said

In addition to children, Camp Quality also needs more volunteers, so for more information click here or you can contact Alan Barth at (318) 547-4319

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