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Young patients and survivors go to camp

Vince Hawkins shows camper Kajmere, a leukemia and neuroblastoma survivor, how to fish. - Amelia Heagerty/staff photo
Vince Hawkins shows camper Kajmere, a leukemia and neuroblastoma survivor, how to fish.
— image credit: Amelia Heagerty/staff photo

Every year, hundreds of young cancer patients, survivors and their siblings descend upon Camp Burton, turning it into Camp Goodtimes, an American Cancer Society-sponsored camp for those affected by cancer.

On Friday, dozens of campers took a trip to the Tramp Harbor fishing pier. In just three hours, the kids caught more than 50 fish — including sharks, bullheads, skate and flounder, said Vince Hawkins, who coordinates the camp’s fishing program.

During the week, campers enjoyed archery, dance, arts and crafts, canoeing and even an Argosy Cruise to a waterfront Red Robin restauraunt.

“These kids are so sick the rest of the year, and this is a chance for them to get past that,” said camp counselor Melissa Gagner. “They can relate to each other. I’m amazed at how kind and empathetic they all are.”

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