Camp Rainbow in Session 

Camp Jordan on Branch Lake in Ellsworth has been transformed into Camp Rainbow this week.It’s special camp put on by the American Cancer Society. They invite kids who have been touched by cancer to spend a week, having some fun.It’s the 23rd year, they’ve done so.If you stop by Camp Jordan this week on Branch Lake in Ellsworth everything will look exactly as it should. Kids playing games, swimming and having fun.But the kids here this week, share a common bond. They either had cancer, or are fighting it right now, kids like Alex and Alexis.”I like the swimming a lot and just the activities we all do with each other.”That’s the beauty of Camp Rainbow, put on by the American Cancer Society. For one week, these kids can focus on fun.”This is a place where kids can come and just be kids and no one’s gonna stare at them or ask about their illness because they all have the same illness here. They all have cancer.”Plus their families are invited too, because we know when cancer strikes everyone in the family feels it. Just ask Seth and Josh Reed, their 7 year old sister had cancer.”It’s tough because she has to go and get treatment and she has a lot of shots.”While they’re here, there are doctors on site who volunteer their time to give the kids their cancer treatments and make sure they stay well. But there’s no special treatment here. Each one of the kids is just one of the campers.”We encourage everyone to treat each other equally. No matter what. There are some children that are undergoing cancer treatment right now and they’re just one in the crowd. You wouldn’t know it unless you knew it.”That’s just fine with Alex and Alexis. Back home they get a lot of questions. Here they get to share their feelings with others who face the same obstacles.So, that makes it tough when the week comes to an end.”we all end up crying actually because you miss everybody because you get so close even though it’s just one week, you get really close to all your friends.”The camp is free to the campers and their families.Donations make it possible. This year they got a large grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation.For more information on how you can donate or take part in next year’s camp, log onto or you can call 1-800-227-2345.