Camp Quality has received monetary assistance from the Christopher Foundation.

Camp Quality has received monetary assistance from the Christopher Foundation.

The foundation donated $5,000 Sunday, said Cathy Cooley, co-organizer of the Christopher Foundation.

“The Christopher Foundation donates to Camp Quality because part of our mission is to help the kids with cancer, and this camp does just that. They provide these kids the opportunity to be ‘normal’ kids for a week and go to camp just like every other kid.

“The difference is, this camp has to have doctors and nurses on hand to tend to the kids and their needs. It is also special to us because Christopher (her son) used to go to camp there and he looked forward to it every year.”

The foundation has donated to the camp for about 13 years.

Camp Quality is a camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer and their families. In 1983, the first camp was founded in Australia. The local camp is west of Neosho.

Each of the campers, who range in ages from 6 to 16, are paired with a volunteer known as a companion. The campers have the opportunity to do a lot of activities.

Not only does the foundation donate money, but also helps.

“We always look forward to being able to cook the meal on opening night to give the kids and families a good meal to start and to give a little break to those that will be working there all week long,” she said. “We love getting to see the kids arriving and the excitement they are experiencing at the beginning of their week. We are just thrilled that they let us keep doing it every year.”