Fort Worth is home to a free summer camp for kids with family members battling cancer


Kids with immediate family members battling cancer are currently enjoying a week-long summer camp in Fort Worth.

Camp CARE is a day camp for kids five to 18 who have an immediate loved one diagnosed with cancer.

"When an immediate family member of a child's gets diagnosed with cancer, they kind of get lost in that shuffle," says camp director Megan Clifton, "and they have a hard time understanding and coping with what that may mean."

The camp has all the activities that you would find at a typical summer camp.

"We do horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, arts and crafts, (and) we swim," says Clifton.

While the camp provides an escape for the kids, it also helps them cope with what's going on at home.

"We have a whole therapeutic piece to camp, to where kids get to talk about their feelings and emotions," says Clifton, "and we give them tools on how to cope with cancer."

Cathy Bennett is one of the volunteer counselors at Camp CARE.

"I actually was diagnosed with cancer in November of 2019," says Bennett; "and so, I just decided that volunteering at this camp would just be a great way to give back."

Camp CARE started in 2011 and was originally geared towards kids as old as 15.

The camp started accepting kids ages 16 to 18 this year, with a special emphasis on teen therapy.

Sanaa Evans is one of the 18-year-olds at the camp; her mother is battling breast cancer.

"I really liked the fishing, it was very relaxing and therapeutic," says Evans, "and having group time so that we remember why we're here."

Camp CARE is free of charge and is funded by the Sportsmen's Club of Fort Worth.

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