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PCH patients leave troubles behind, spend week at Prescott camp

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Summer camp is something most kids look forward to, a chance to enjoy some fun activities and be with other campers for a week with no parents.

But for one group of kids, it's an extra special time because they all share a common bond: they all have cancer or are cancer survivors, and Sunday they headed off to Camp Rainbow.

At Phoenix Children's Hospital Sunday, 123 kids between the ages of 7 to 18 had their bags packed and gave goodbye hugs to mom and dad before boarding the buses and heading off to Camp Rainbow in the cool pines of Prescott.

Thomas Henthorn talked about what he's looking forward to most: "Archery, ride a horse, fishing, swimming."

Camp Rainbow is a unique opportunity for kids with cancer to build relationships and have fun outside of the hospital atmosphere.

Parents are happy to see their kids head off to have fun.

"It's exciting and they're going to have a great time. There's all kinds of activities for them to do, and she needs that, she needs that release to get away for a while from real reality," said Constance Platten, whose daughter is going to camp. "Take a break and not have to worry about anything than just being a kid."

Most of the campers already know each other from their time spent at PCH.

"They know what they've been through, treatments, that sort of thing, throughout their years, and it's just a wonderful opportunity for our kids for a week," said Maureen Salloom, with PCH.

Salloom says this is a week the kids look forward to all year long.

"It's a week where they can be with children that are just like them. We have a lot of our counselors who have been past campers and now they come back to give back and be volunteers for a week," said Salloom.

Running for the 29th year, Camp Rainbow is free of charge for all of the kids thanks to donations from the community.

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