6 Things I Learned as an Oncology Camp Counselor

Camp VIP (Victory in Progress) is a special session held at Camp Courage for children with cancer or blood disorders and their siblings. Kids at these sessions get a much needed break from hospitals and treatments and spend a week just being kids.

ONE: By watching this group run and play and make new friends, you see that they are all still just kids. Their youthful innocence and enthusiasm is ever-present at camp.

TWO: They are living through serious diagnoses, trusting their doctors and nurses to help them and coming to camp without their parents.

THREE: These kids have been stretched emotionally and physically with their own diagnosis, or dealing with a sibling’s illness. From outward appearances, you would hardly know this was a camp for children with challenges. They are amazingly positive and bounce back quickly from setbacks.

Medical Knowledge
FOUR: These kids know a lot more about medical procedures than a majority of the population. While some of us are confused during a routine doctor’s check-up, these kids know about medications, side effects and what they can do to help themselves or their siblings.

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New Equine Therapy Riding

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Sharing The Good News

Did you see True Friends on TV? Fox 9 and KARE 11 this week. Pretty exciting!

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Check Out All Our Programs

Our newest schedules are ready to view. See our Camp & Respite page.

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Choose True Friends At Work

“Donor choice” means exactly what it says … as a donor you have the right to choose who will benefit from your workplace campaign gift. If your company does not allow donor choice, please ask them to consider making it an option for future campaigns. If you work for the federal or state government, or your workplace participates in a United Way campaign, you can designate all or part of your gift to True Friends, which will appear in one of three ways:

  1. Friendship Ventures: The former parent agency that oversees all services and programs, and operates Camp Courage, Camp Friendship, Camp Eden Wood, Camp Courage North, Camp New Hope,
  2. Children’s Disability Service Association: A nationally-recognized division of True Friends that supports services for children and adults with disabilities.
  3. Friendship Foundation or True Friends Foundation:
    An endowment foundation that supports True Friends exclusively. If you have friends or relatives who work for the federal, state government or in corporations that allow donor choice, encourage them to support True Friends.
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True Friends Used Goods Program

Several trucks are traveling through the St. Cloud, Twin Cities and surrounding areas, picking up merchandise to be sold at thrift stores.

There are two ways you can donate your used goods to True Friends. Either way, you’ll be given a receipt to be used for tax purposes.

To arrange your pick-up date, just call the toll-free number 1-866-959-CAMP (2267).
You may deliver your donated items to one of five metro stores:

Unique Thrift Stores in
St. Paul
Columbia Heights
New Hope
Valu Thrift Store in St. Paul

If you choose to deliver, please be sure to tell the store that your items are being donated on behalf of True Friends and ask for your receipt. Thank you!

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