Water balloon explosions. Tug of war. Late-night dancing. These activities bring renewal, vibrancy and healing to over 200 campers who spend a week at Camp Rainbow each year.
Camp Rainbow works to enrich the lives of children who have been diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder. Since 1985, Camp Rainbow has been welcoming patients into an experience among the pines, entirely free-of-charge. Campers can participate in a wide array of programs including zip lining, rock wall climbing, canoeing, fishing and archery. Some of our campers battled cancer years ago, and some are fighting it now, but the magic of Camp Rainbow is that it gives patients the same experiences as any other child going to summer camp—and more.
“Every single time you sing a song, or canoe, or climb the rock wall—you can help someone who may have been right where you’ve been before. That is what Camp Rainbow really instills in these kids every single year,” says Amber, a camp volunteer for eight summers.
Campers relate to one another at Camp Rainbow. They help each other, and they celebrate life together. Watch now to see how Camp Rainbow heals spirits.
- “I finally got to meet kids who can relate to what I was going through.”BrooklynCamper
- “I heard one kid say to another, ‘Oh, you have a port too?’ And they learn about what works and what doesn’t, just like parents talk to each other.”Michael M. Henry, MDDJ “Drop the Mike,” physician, 17 summers
- “I always say the doctors healed the cancer, but Camp Rainbow healed her spirit.”HeidiParent
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. All month long, your donation to Phoenix Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will be matched, up to $125,000, by our generous friends at the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, Camelback Volkswagen Subaru | Camelback Hyundai Kia and Massage Envy.
That means when you #StepUpWithPCH in September, your gift will go twice as far for Camp Rainbow attendees.