Katie loved Camp Ooch!! We did not think she was well enough to go to a
camp, as her illness was rapidly progressing, and she needed constant nursing
and IV meds to help with pain management. Camp Ooch said no problem, they had
24 hour doctors and nurses at the camp from SickKids and assured us that Katie
would be to participate and greatly enjoy her time at camp. Our beautiful
daughter went to Camp Ooch, and water-skied, danced, canoed, rock climbed,made friends and had an amazing time. Our hearts that were filled with worry, soon filled with joy - Katie had fun! The camp staff and volunteers are very special people.
Katie passed away four months after her time at camp from a cancerous
brain tumour which she had fought courageously for 18 months. After her
memorial service, one of Katie's kind teachers at Ernest Cumberland Elementary
School brought us a journal that Katie had been working on when she felt well
enough to go to school. We were not aware of the journal or that Katie
had written anything about Camp Ooch. We were overwhelmed with love and peace
when we read Katie's own words about her camp adventures and how much she loved
her time at Camp Ooch. Katie wrote “I loved it, it was great, I went rock
climbing, skiing, canoeing, crafts and we all went swimming”, please read Katie’s Journal and enjoy her drawing of rock climbing.
Katie left us with a legacy of love and commitment to make the world a
better place. Many of you have helped us in the past to share that belief,
please help us to continue to help campers attend Camp Oochigeas. This year we
have added monthly donating as an option. Some find this a more affordable
option, $10 - $20 or more, no contribution is too small.
Please take a moment to watch this video and feel the “magic
of Ooch”. Thanks to all of you for caring and making a difference in the
lives of these special children.
Greg & Dana Mackenzie
Loving brother and sister, Jamie & Robyn, & Nana.
About Camp Oochigeas
Camp Oochigeas (Ooch) provides children with and affected by childhood cancer with what they need most – the chance to be kids. Ooch is the only overnight camp in Ontario to offer on-site IV chemotherapy and blood transfusions providing access to campers in active treatment the friendship and fun of Camp. Operating year-round, Ooch offers programs at overnight camp in Muskoka, at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), various other paediatric hospitals, regional cancer centres and at Ooch Downtown in the heart of Toronto. As a registered charity, Ooch relies exclusively on the generous support of fundraisers, individual and corporate donors like you.
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