Michigan State Police help children with cancer attend summer camp

Right to left: Tara LaMilza, Shawntina Austin, and Joe Rowley (back row) Richard Jones, Merrick Whipple, James Scott, and Will Smith. Photo provided

Right to left: Tara LaMilza, Shawntina Austin, and Joe Rowley (back row) Richard Jones, Merrick Whipple, James Scott, and Will Smith. Photo provided

GENESEE COUNTY — The Michigan State Police is partnering with Camp Quality Michigan to support children diagnosed with cancer across Michigan.

Michigan State Police are volunteering and raising money to help support summer camp experiences for 180 children effected by cancer in Michigan.

The goals for the Michigan State Police Adopt-a-Camp Campaign is $50,000 and 20 State Police volunteers between now and September 30, 2019. All proceeds go to Camp Quality Michigan.

When a cancer diagnosis comes to a child, in a lot of ways, childhood stops. Vacations, family time, crafts, and campfires are replaced with doctor visits, chemo, isolation and restrictions. With children’s safety and medical needs forefront, Camp Quality Michigan breaks down those barriers for children and families and restores the childhood experience.

Camp Quality Michigan is in the business of ensuring that every child who has been diagnosed with cancer can not only have a summer camp experience and year-round programs to enhance their quality of life and encourage quality family time free of charge. Approximately 380 children a year in Michigan are diagnosed with cancer.

 

 

“The Michigan State Police has a long-standing tradition of helping people. In my 19 years with the department I’ve had that opportunity over and over again. But my heart fell for Camp Quality and what it offers to these kids and their families. This camp is a life changing experience, both for the camper and companions,” said Sgt. Joseph Rowley of the Michigan State Police.

Camp Quality has four summer camps for children affected by cancer. These include: South Camp in Fenton (July 14-19) and North Camp in Luther (July 29-Aug. 3).

The officers are volunteering at South Camp at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, Michigan July 14-19. — G.G.

How to help:

Donating to the Michigan State Police Adopt-a- Camp at: www.campqualityusa.org/mi/ ways-to-help/2019mspadoptacamp/. Or mail donations to: Camp Quality Michigan, P.O. Box 345, Boyne City, MI 48712 Volunteer for Camp Quality Michigan: https:// www.campqualityusa.org/mi/ Share this Campaign page on social media with the hashtag #MSPAdoptaCamp Refer Camp Quality Michigan services to someone you know who could benefit!