Camp for kids with cancer loses building, equipment in fire

Published On: Apr 13 2014 10:00:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 13 2014 10:27:55 PM CDT

A weekend fire could force organizers to cancel a summer camp dedicated to kids with cancer.

For decades children battling cancer have been going to Camp Hope for a week of fun. Volunteers say the camp is an escape for kids who may spend the rest of the year in hospitals.

David Shultz volunteers at the camp and used to be a camper himself. He says it presents opportunities for  the kids they would not otherwise have.

"It's hard to put it in words, but when you get to see a kids face when all they knew were the four walls of a hospital room," Shultz says. " When they get to go out and they get to ride a horse, go swimming, they get to do everything a 'normal' kid is allowed to do in the summer."

Camp Hope has been around for more than 30 years, but this is the first time in decades that it won't be held at Camp Aldrich. A fire burned down the event center at Aldrich in Barton County over the weekend. This is where Camp Hope is not only held, but also houses their equipment.

Organizers aren't sure where they're going to hold the summer camp or if any of the equipment made it through the fire.

You can donate to Camp Hope on the Kans for Kids website here.