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Camp for children with cancer builds lifetime relationships

Quality time
Maria Shull of Warrensburg, Mo., and Rachelle  Bailey of Barnard, Mo., were co-companions of Isabel, a 7-year-old girl who spent a good deal of her time at Camp Quality last week dyeing her hair pink every morning and participating in all the water activities she could. Camp Quality of Northwest Missouri is a camp for children with cancer that takes place at Camp Farwesta in Stewartsville, Mo. The camp is the first of its kind in the United States.

STEWARTSVILLE, Mo.— Loud and long sirens blared while emergency response vehicles circled Camp Quality in Stewartsville last week. At a summer camp for children with cancer, hearing any alarms could be frightening. But Wednesday was designated “Law Enforcement Day,” which means that half a dozen public safety officials basically let the children go wild with the horns and PA system in their vehicles.

While one cruiser slowed, a young boy’s voice blasted through the speakers, commanding a group of nursing students from North Central Missouri College to put their hands up. Several in the group laughed and raised their arms in obedience as they were leaving the camp to return to Maryville. Continue reading “Camp for children with cancer builds lifetime relationships”

It’s not them! It’s us!

Right now, I’m working on an essay about one of my favorite 80s movies, The Burbs.

Continue reading “It’s not them! It’s us!”

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