For children diagnosed with critical illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, renal, blood and immunological diseases, attending summer camp is not always an option, due to the needs of their medical complexities. Thanks to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NVCCF), children in Nevada facing these difficulties are able to attend summer camp.
The NVCCF’s Camp Cartwheel is a 24-hour, medically supervised, outdoor and overnight summer camp experience for children diagnosed with cancer and or other life-threatening illness. The camp includes four fun-filled days of swimming, scuba diving, arts and crafts, canoeing, outdoor games and much more.
NVCCF received a $25,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation in recognition of Tammy Richardson being named a finalist for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award in 2017.
Tammy began her journey with NVCCF’S Camp Cartwheel 15 years ago when her daughter, Stephanie, was diagnosed with a malignant and terminal brain tumor. After Stephanie passed, Tammy along with her Husband and six children made a commitment to honor Stephanie’s memory by volunteering at Camp Cartwheel where they found hope and peace. They dedicate their time at camp to create unforgettable experiences full of hope for those children who suffer from a disease.
The donation from The NASCAR Foundation provided an opportunity for 100 children to attend NVCCF’s Camp Cartwheel summer camp at no cost to their families.
The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s staff and volunteers provide more than 200 campers, ages five through 17, the opportunity to form positive and powerful peer relationships and the hope to develop independence and self-esteem.