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Camping: How to Care for Cancer Patients When at a KOA

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I am a camper. To be fair, what my family does these days isn't considered camping, per se, by the purists, but RVing. But I grew up camping in tents at KOAs. We were regulars at the Idaho Falls KOA for many years. My parents were experts at the art of frugal and really fun recreation. I hope to carry on that tradition. And I'm happy that the KOAs of today are making that possible with their "Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend."

It's a special weekend when campers who stay as paying guests on Friday, May 11, will receive a free night of camping on Saturday, May 12, at any of the 400-plus participating KOA campgrounds throughout North America.  The event also serves as a fundraiser to support KOA Care Camps for children with cancer. KOA Care Camps is a network of 44 specialized summer campers throughout North America that provide a safe summer camping experience for children undergoing or recovering from cancer treatments.

“Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend has become a mainstay in our efforts to support this very worthy charity,” said KOA CEO Jim Rogers. “It is so great that we have found a wonderful way to invite out campers to begin enjoying their summer camping season and also allow them to help us support camps for children with cancer.” Last year, the event attracted more than 25,000 families, and more than $500,000 was raised through camper donations by the KOA Care Camps Trust and distributed to the various KOA Care Camps. The funds are used to provide summer camps for children with cancer at absolutely no charge to their families.

Participating KOAs will be offering fun events to make the weekend of May 11-12 special. The camper in me says, "An excuse to camp! Sweet!" The frugal person in me says, "Dude! A free night!" The philanthropist in me says, "What an easy way to give!" And the RV'er in me says, "Bring me, too!"

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