Camp Happy Days Supports Local Children Battling Pediatric Cancer
Camp Happy Days assists the Brown family throughout the year.
Charleston, SC – Everyday 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. Camp Happy Days (CHD), a local Charleston nonprofit has devoted its purpose to providing services to children battling cancer and their families throughout the state of South Carolina with cost free year-round programs and activities.
Cherelle Brown and her family have been actively involved with Camp Happy Days since learning of the organization three years ago. Brown noted that Camp Happy Days has given her family the understanding to know they are not alone. According to Brown, Camp Happy Days has not only helped Adrianna (age 9) come out of her shell but her and her husband find it easier to communicate with others about what Adrianna and their family are going through — stating that CHD has been a tremendous resource for parents to connect with one another and have a weight lifted off their shoulders.
“It’s just safe. You worry when your kids are at school, anytime that they aren’t with you. For the first time, and every year since, when Adrianna is at camp, I can be calm, I don’t worry, I don’t call. When they are at Camp Happy Days, I know they are safe- it’s truly the only time I am not worried about my children when they are away. Camp Happy Days has been a lifeline for my family and is one of the best things to happen to us during this difficult time.” (Brown).
Each year, Adrianna brings her little sister Bentyana 7, to camp with her. Camp Happy Days promotes siblings to attend camp together, as a time to bond and learn that they are not alone. Brown says her daughters’ bonds are unbreakable and that Bentyana is so protective of her big sister, offering help wherever they go.
Camp Happy Days raises all of the funds each year to support families like the Browns. One of Camp Happy Days largest fundraising event for children battling cancer is coming up in November. The Camp Happy Days Heroes of Hope Gala on Friday, November 4th at the Memminger Auditorium is a fundraiser and celebration of the 27th Anniversary of the Cabooty Party which was started by Allan Cabading, a childhood cancer survivor, longtime volunteer and supporter! The event directly benefits children battling cancer and their families. The evening is the biggest fundraiser of the year for CHD, and includes a dinner, open bar, live band, and a silent and live auction. The event begins at 7pm, VIP Early Check-in and Auction Previews are available at 6:30. Tickets will be $100 per person until October 21st. Please go to http://www.camphappydays.org/gala/ for additional details.