Summer camp for children with cancer needs volunteers - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Summer camp for children with cancer needs volunteers

Camp Quality in Bald Knob will host 39 campers June 13-19. 

Those campers include both children with cancer and their siblings. 

Camp Quality promotes hope and inspiration while helping children foster life skills and develop to their full potential. 

The children are paired up with camp companions for the week.  

“We need about 18 male companions right now,” Nick Hankins said. “Men are always hard to find. We always have a lot of women.”  

The need for males 18 years and older is great.  The camp also needs a few more certified lifeguards and a couple registered nurses.  

Campers often choose to come back to the camp as adult volunteers. 

“I was diagnosed at 10 with osteosarcoma," Hankins said. "It's a bone cancer and went through treatment for about a year and a half."

He and his wife, Shay, have worked as volunteers for many years.

“I was probably 13 or 14 when I started going to camp,” he said. 

Now the couple is expecting their first child and can't imagine not being a part of Camp Quality. 

The non-profit camp is now in its 27th year of operation and is one of 15 such camps around the United States.  

Volunteer training is planned for May 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donations can be made to their website: www.campqualityusa.org/ar or Facebook page, and by mail to 199 Powderfork Rd, Bald Knob, Arkansas 72010.    

For more information about attending Camp Quality, contact Director Chris Jennings at 870-931-2844. 

Copyright 2015 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Post office closed due to fire damage

    Post office closed due to fire damage

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 7:04 AM EDT2017-09-26 11:04:57 GMT
    Tuesday, September 26 2017 8:58 AM EDT2017-09-26 12:58:35 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    An Independence County post office is closed until further notice for fire damage.

    An Independence County post office is closed until further notice for fire damage.

  • Man facing charges in Caruthersville murder, assault

    Man facing charges in Caruthersville murder, assault

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 5:35 AM EDT2017-09-26 09:35:30 GMT

    A man is in custody in connection to a murder and assault investigation in Caruthersville, Missouri.

    A man is in custody in connection to a murder and assault investigation in Caruthersville, Missouri.

  • Man kicks deputy in head, police say

    Man kicks deputy in head, police say

    Monday, September 25 2017 11:38 PM EDT2017-09-26 03:38:09 GMT
    Monday, September 25 2017 11:54 PM EDT2017-09-26 03:54:59 GMT
    Logan Dustin Stricker (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)Logan Dustin Stricker (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)

    A Greene County man faces a multitude of charges after he reportedly kicked a Greene County Sheriff's deputy in the head, authorities said Monday. 

    A Greene County man faces a multitude of charges after he reportedly kicked a Greene County Sheriff's deputy in the head, authorities said Monday. 

Powered by Frankly