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WFSB Eyewitness News 3: Camp Simcha Caters to Children With Cancer

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Published on Jan 6, 2011

http://campsimcha.org | http://chailifeline.org | http://www.wfsb.com

8/20/2009 | http://bit.ly/YiaTD

Camp Aims To Give Cancer Patients Hope: New York Camp Offers Free Fun For Kids With Cancer

GLEN SPEY, N.Y. -- Camp can be a fun and special place for most kids, but a camp in upstate New York is giving some of the sickest children a chance to forget about their illnesses.

The camp invites children from across the region, including Connecticut, and is free of cost.

For two weeks, kids with some of the most deadly forms of cancer enjoy Camp Simcha.

"Here we are kind a all together, all together as one," said camper Bruce Steinberg.

"They forget about everything, everyone is the same, no one is different, wheelchair, walking, can't walk," said camp counselor Avi Satt.

Moshe Reiss, from Waterbury, has been volunteering as a counselor at the camp for 10 years.

"They are children with cancer, but they are still children and our job is to bring the child out of them," Reiss said.

Every camp has an infirmary, but the infirmary at Camp Simcha is different. The camp's infirmary has doctors and nurses and is like a mini hospital. It is complete with a chemotherapy room.

"Our goal is to give them a good time for two weeks, to give them the confidence and the self-esteem and the will to keep fighting the other 50 weeks," said Melanie Kwestel of the camp.

Adan Zylberberg, a camper, is quite the fighter.

"I went to the hospital and I cried when they gave me the shot, then I started not to cry because my mom calmed me down ad said it's like a mosquito bite," he said.

For more information about the camp, call 877-CHAI-LIFE.

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