Feature Story                                                              Thursday, Oct 19, 2017



Kings and Queens of the Castle

Canadian Cancer Society and Camp Goodtimes help children forget about their illness with a weekend fun

Submitted by Jenna Wright, Canadian Cancer Society/Photos CCS


Some of the hundreds of kids stricken with cancer had the chance to get behind the wheel last weekend for some rip-roaring fun at Camp Goodtimes.

his past Saturday, October 14th, Castle Fun Park opened its doors early for 20 kids diagnosed with cancer and their families so they could escape the rain and have some fun for free. This is the second consecutive year that the Canadian Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtimes has partnered with Castle Fun Park.

Kids had an all access pass to enjoy the go-karts, batting cages, bumper cars and the mini golf course before the park was open to the public.


Cops for Cancer Tour de Valley riders and their families were also in attendance as each year Cops for Cancer raises funds for pediatric cancer research and support programs including Camp Goodtimes.

“Camp Goodtimes genuinely seeks to enrich the lives of so many deserving children and their wonderful families. It was our special privilege to host again this year and we hope our goal of providing a fun, carefree day continues to be a benefit to all of them,” says Madilynne Blakeburn, Sales Manager from Castle Fun Park.

“It’s a great opportunity for families to re-connect with one another outside the camp or hospital environment,” explains Jenna Wright, Program Coordinator for Camp Goodtimes. “With over 100 participants here including campers, their families, some of our camp volunteers and staff as well as the Cops for Cancer riders, you can see the value of Castle Fun Park opening its doors for their community. We hope this partnership will continue and grow.”


This year, Camp Goodtimes welcomed 390 participants to its summer camp. The Canadian Cancer Society program also plans events year-round to ensure children and youth have multiple opportunities to just be kids, away from their diagnoses.


“Each one of these families has a story to tell,” explains Wright. “However, it’s opportunities like these that allow kids to just be kids, to step away from it all and just have fun.”


About Camp Goodtimes

Camp Goodtimes is a summer recreation program that provides a unique summer experience for children and teens affected by cancer and their families.


Set in the scenic landscape of Loon Lake in Maple Ridge, Camp Goodtimes provides a safety-focused, fun, recreational program at no cost to participants. Camp Goodtimes is accredited by the British Columbia Camping Association and the Canadian Association of Pediatric Oncology Camps (CAPOC).


Camp Goodtimes has medical supervision and other supports on-site. Participants experience adventure, take on challenges, form lasting friendships and unforgettable memories. Many children and teens are empowered by the time they spend at camp. Many families are renewed by time away without the stress of coping with cancer. 


For more information, visit campgoodtimes.org


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