Published on March 24, 2016

Camp Genesis Registration Open

A cancer journey doesn't only impact the patient. Children, grandchildren, spouses and other loved ones can also be affected.

Cancer can disrupt families and their financial situations, making vacations more difficult.

For the eighth consecutive year, Genesis Health System, Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities and the Scott County Family YMCA will provide an opportunity for children coping with cancer in their families to enjoy time together at Scott County Family Y Camp Abe Lincoln in Blue Grass.

This year's Camp Genesis experience is June 26-July 1. Registration is now available.  Anyone who knows a child affected by cancer in their family is encouraged to call Gilda’s Club Quad Cities at (563) 326-7504 for more information and applications. Applications can also be downloaded at www.gildasclubqc.org.

Camp Genesis provides youth with an outstanding, local camp experience. Special cancer education programs are provided during camp week by Gilda's Club and Genesis to help kids cope with the effects of cancer in their family.  There will be no charge to campers.

"This camp will provide a much-needed opportunity for kids to just be kids,'' said Sally Werner, chief executive officer, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities. "This camp will be a relief to parents who may be facing illness and financial concerns because of the illness. 

"Camp Genesis will offer a unique camp experience, close-to-home, that is specifically designed for children who are dealing with cancer in their families.''

Camp Genesis campers will experience everything from swimming, to canoeing, to horseback riding, to an Alpine adventure tower.  Complementing the fun will be cancer support and education each day from the Gilda's Club staff. 

Camp Genesis campers form bonds from their shared experience with cancer and are more likely to share their worries and fears with each other.

YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln hosts Camp Genesis.  Camp Abe Lincoln is a 250-acre camp located just 12 miles from downtown Davenport.

Gilda’s Club Quad Cities provides free support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer.  Gilda’s Club offers its special support services to the region from the Gilda’s clubhouse at 1234 E. River Drive in Davenport.

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