Camp Boggy Creek Plans Campaign for Children with Cancer Due to Recent Changes Within American Cancer Society

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Since 1996 the American Cancer Society (ACS) R.O.C.K. Camp (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids) has been held at Camp Boggy Creek, though ACS officials recently notified the Camp that their sponsorship will end in 2013.

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“Our Board and Staff stand ready to continue this camping program as we have for the past 17 years."

Serving children with cancer is not new for Camp Boggy Creek. Since 1996 the American Cancer Society’s R.O.C.K. Camp (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids) has been held at Camp Boggy Creek, though American Cancer Society (ACS) officials recently notified the Camp that their sponsorship will end in 2013.

“We’ve had a long-standing partnership with the American Cancer Society and, while their funding will end in 2013, Camp Boggy Creek remains committed to serving children with cancer,” shared June Clark, President and CEO. “Our Board and Staff stand ready to continue this camping program as we have for the past 17 years. Our staff has always executed and provided oversight for the day-to-day operations of R.O.C.K Camp and we are fully equipped to continue the service.”

With the recent loss of crucial funding from ACS, Camp Boggy Creek will seek donations to sponsor the 300 children it serves on an annual basis. As a non-profit 501(c)(3), Camp Boggy Creek will work directly with the philanthropic community to raise the necessary funds to support children with cancer.

Clark explained, “We are grateful for the funding from the American Cancer Society, which accounted for 50 percent of our summer cancer program, and hope that previous R.O.C.K. donors will find it in their heart to continue helping kids with cancer get the chance to experience Camp Boggy Creek. Raising the $750,000 required to fund the summer cancer program is a significant goal, but we’re up for the challenge. We’ve learned the generosity of our volunteers and loyal supporters is second to none. They have never let our campers down.”

Individuals, Foundations, and Corporations interested in making a donation to support children with cancer are encouraged to contact Camp Boggy Creek directly at 352-483-4124. For more information or to make an online donation visit http://www.campboggycreek.org.

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Founded in 1996, Camp Boggy Creek is a year-round medical camp for children with serious illnesses. Co-founded by actor/philanthropist Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf (U.S. Army Ret.), the camp offers week-long summer sessions and family retreat weekends at no charge to the children or families. Located in Eustis, Florida, the 232-acre nonprofit serves children ages 7–16 that have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions. The camp is entirely funded by the generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and healthcare partners. Camp Boggy Creek is a proud member of SeriousFun Children's Network. Learn more by visiting campboggycreek.org.

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