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Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do lets young cancer survivors enjoy summer activities

Program is designed for kids who've had cancer, brain tumors

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 12:01 am

Children surviving cancer and brain tumors have been able to enjoy some summer camp fun through the Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do program, which provided them with six days of resident camp and activities this past week at the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne's Camp Potawatomi near South Milford, about 30 miles north of Fort Wayne.

More than 100 children ages 7 through grade 12 participated in activities including swimming, boating, crafts, archery and horseback riding, a news release said. About half of the 20 camp counselors also are cancer survivors and former participants in the program.

Lutheran Children's Hospital's pediatric oncology staff provided 24-hour volunteer medical supervision for children while they attended camp, the news release said.

The nonprofit Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do, which began in 1992 with 38 children, is free to the children's families because of support provided by local businesses, foundations and private donors, the news release said.