Editor’s Note: Directions to the camp’s location in Honea Path included. Media are invited to visit the camp any time during the week. Reporters are invited to stay overnight at camp to see an entire day of these special campers. We can provide brief camper and counselor profiles with photos. Please let us know if you are planning on visiting the camp so we can alert organizers.
EVENT: CAMP KEMO, led by Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, offers a summer camp experience for children with cancer and blood disorders.
WHEN: Monday, June 12 through Saturday, June 17
WHERE: River Oaks Retreat, 180 Youth Camp Road, Honea Path, SC
FACTS: One of the nation’s first pediatric oncology camps, CAMP KEMO is an overnight camp for children with cancer and hosts more than 100 children each year.
“Our theme this year is ‘CAMP KEMO in Paradise’ and we are excited about welcoming both new and old faces. We look forward to a fun-filled week highlighted by horseback riding, archery, soap carving, yoga, a color run and a ‘Glow-Down’ dance to put the kids in the paradise spirit,” said Cassandra Shea, camp director.
CAMP KEMO is funded by donations. One way to donate is directly through CAMP KEMO’s site, campsite.palmettohealth.org. Shea added, “There is no cost to the families and each child can invite one sibling. Camp week provides respite for parents caring for children with cancer and gives them a chance to get away, knowing that their children are in the hands of the same physicians, nurses and staff who provide their treatment throughout the year. Hundreds of volunteers contribute to the success of CAMP KEMO.”
About Palmetto Health Children's Hospital
Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is South Carolina’s first children's hospital and has more than 150,000 children’s visits each year. It offers more than 30 subspecialties to meet the unique health care needs of children and has central South Carolina's only Children’s Emergency Center. With more than 350 professionals who work exclusively with children, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital has a team of highly skilled and trained experts unmatched by any hospital in the Midlands. Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is the place to go for children's medical care, because the best care matters.