R&W Hosts Camp Fantastic BBQ
By Eric Bock
Despite sizzling heat, more than 400 hungry NIH’ers turned out for the 33rd annual Camp Fantastic BBQ fundraiser on the Bldg. 31A patio June 16. The barbecue was sponsored by the NIH Recreation & Welfare Association.
Proceeds from the lunch were donated to Camp Fantastic, a weeklong summer camp near Front Royal, Va., for children with cancer. The camp provides round-the-clock medical care for youngsters so they can continue their treatment. It’s sponsored by Special Love, Inc., a nonprofit that supports families of children with cancer.
The event featured a silent auction, live music from the classic rock cover band Street Life, a vendor fair and lawn games such as bean bag toss, cornhole and laboratory beaker pong. NIH Dining Services provided the food.
“[Camp Fantastic] is an opportunity [for kids] to leave the hospital and medical environment and be with new and old friends who understand their experience,” said Dr. Lori Wiener, who coordinates the pediatric oncology psychosocial support and research program at NCI. “It also allows them to spend time with some of their medical providers in a very different setting. They return from camp energized and socially enriched. Camp Fantastic just seems to nourish their souls.”
Camp volunteer Dr. Paul Jarosinski, a pediatric pharmacist at the CC, said many of the counselors are cancer survivors themselves. “Campers often see these counselors as a reminder that they too can beat cancer,” he said.
The Camp Fantastic barbecue featured (clockwise from top) Frisbee, the band Street Life, beaker pong, cornhole and R&W acting president Kallie Wasserman happily manning the chow line. It costs $650 to send a child to camp for 1 week. If you want to make a donation, contact the R&W.
Photos: David Browne, Eric Bock, Robin Couch Cardillo