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Cancer is an evil disease that has robbed too many people of their health, their loved ones, and their carefree spirit. It’s horrifying enough when it affects adults, but when a child is diagnosed, that horror is amplified. While nothing can erase the scars and fears that inflict the families of those affected, there are several amazing organizations that support kids with cancer and try to give some joy back.
One of those organizations is Sunshine Kids. Sunshine Kids was founded in 1982 and works to provide both national and regional events that offer activities, transportation, lodging and food free of charge to children with cancer and attending medical staff. Through their adventures, the participants find fun, joy, and a sense of camaraderie with others that understand what they’ve been enduring.
From now until June 30, KEEP Collective is donating 20% of the retail price of the pieces in the Sunshine Boutique to this amazing organization. You can get these amazing pieces by click on this link.
Because this is a cause that I care about so deeply, I am taking it one step further. For the entire month of June, I will donate every penny of my commissions to Camp Rainbow. Not unlike Sunshine Kids, Camp Rainbow is a foundation based in Chesterfield, Missouri that provides free camping experiences to survivors and kids undergoing treatment for cancer or other blood-related disorders.
Camp Rainbow doesn’t just support the kids, but the families of those coming to terms with these devastating diagnoses as well. Children are referred to the camp by their oncologists in the Missouri and Illinois bi-state area. Campers range from 4-20 years of age, and have the opportunity to attend seven different camp programs. Kids from 4-6 can attend summer day camp, and there is a summer overnight camp for ages 6-13. Then there is a teen camp, a”night out” program for 14-20, and a family camp. They even do a “camp in” three times a year, which brings crafts and activities to kids that cannot leave the hospital.
But why Camp Rainbow?
Of all charities and foundations that support kids with cancer, there is a very specific reason why I chose to donate to Camp Rainbow. My friend, Allison, has an incredible little girl that has defeated leukemia. I saw, not only the horrors endured by that tiny little 18 month old baby when she was undergoing her treatment, but the changes in my friend as she assumed her unwanted role as a “cancer mom.” She would never again be quite as carefree; she would always be haunted by the “what ifs.”
Camp Rainbow helped to bring joy back into their lives. They attended family camp together for two years, and this year will be their third volunteering as a family. Allison can’t speak highly enough of Camp Rainbow. “”We found the experiences of Camp Rainbow and the ability to connect with other families going through their own cancer journeys to be priceless.”
All you have to do is shop to support these two amazing organizations!
KEEP Collective offers so many amazing looks and personalized pieces in their collection. I adore the storytelling aspect of this jewelry, and I have no doubt that you will, too. Follow this link to make a purchase and help me support these two amazing foundations.
Would you like to help, but aren’t in the market for KEEP Collective right now? This link will take you to Camp Rainbow’s general donation page.