On a warm, sunny Saturday in early March, young adult cancer patients and caregivers attended the first Camp Gold at Camp Carter in Fort Worth, hosted by Rutledge Foundation and Cancer Care Services. Guests were greeted by cheerful camp staff and volunteers, checked in and released to a morning of fun and challenge, including canoeing, archery, nature hikes and the giant swing.
After a healthy lunch prepared by Cuisine For Healing, campers enjoyed the high ropes course and a cooking demonstration by BlueZones, followed by more time on the ropes course! After a fun-packed day, campers relaxed, played board games and enjoyed a hearty meal before ending the day making s’mores around the campfire. All were encouraged by guest speakers Justin and Katie Ozuna, who shared their cancer journey from a patient and caregiver perspective. One camper commented that it was the first time that she had been able to open up and talk about life after cancer and the challenges that she faces. Sharing both patient and caregiver stories was encouraging to all.
A few hearty campers spent the night and enjoyed breakfast before heading home. When asked if Camp Gold was a success, James Earl of Cancer Care said “Absolutely! Our campers want to know when they can all get together again!” A reunion brunch was planned early April.