JOPLIN, Mo.- Fun, games, sun and friends! That’s what these children were thinking about this week at Camp Quality Ozarks, located in Neosho Missouri. Their regular day to day life is full of medications, doctor visits and restrictions. These children are all cancer patients. Children ages 4 to 15, all came together for a week long camping event. Each child has a personal companion that stays with them the whole week, Medical staff members are on site at all times to monitor and distribute medications. Everything combined helps these kids live a normal childhood life, if only for a week.
Mercy Joplin physicians and co-workers joined together to cook and serve dinner on Tuesday night. A full taco bar was purchased and prepared for the kids. Donna O’Keefe, Director of Patient Safety and Risk Management said, “It was such a rewarding experience to be able to do something for the staff who had been out there volunteering with the kids all week, but also to see the kids smile. They loved the tacos, those were a hit! It was so fun to be a part of it, and we even got to bring our two boys along to help give back to these amazing children!”
The camp organization is a nationwide charity and is run solely on donations and fund raisers. Camp Quality Ozarks served around 25 kids this year.