New addition to Idaho camp that helps children with cancer

Credit: Eric Turner/KTVB

Camp Rainbow Gold will be leasing this Boise home on West Jefferson St. for its new office. CBH Homes is donating time to help remodel and update the space.

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by Bonnie Shelton

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Posted on December 13, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 3:19 PM

BOISE -- Camp Rainbow Gold has been serving Idaho children with cancer and their families for 30 years.

"We're a camp program and that's what we're most known for but we actually do year-round services as well. Teen support groups, family events and a college scholarship fund," said Elizabeth Lizberg, Camp Rainbow Gold executive director.

To help continue its mission, the nonprofit organization is moving into a new downtown office just a few blocks from St. Luke's Boise. The home will serve as a meeting place and a refuge for families affected by cancer.

Meanwhile, camps will still be held every summer at Cathedral Pines north of Ketchum.

"They get to have fun, add a little joy back into their life and it's all free to them so it's not affecting their pocketbook," said Lizberg of the organization's programs.

Earlier this year, the American Cancer Society announced it would no longer be supporting Camp Rainbow Gold (CRG). Since then, Lizberg told us the community has rallied together to help the organization gain independent nonprofit status.

The transition will be complete December 31st.

"By everybody jumping in and doing the office work we're able to keep our funds focused on the programs and the children and that's just incredible," said Lizberg.

Corey Barton and his team at CBH Homes is helping remodel the old home that Camp Rainbow Gold is leasing.

"Just update it and make it ready, presentable," said Barton of the plans to replace old carpet and kitchen fixtures inside the house.

Workers are donating their time to help get the new office ready.

"We have young children so we know how lucky we are when they're healthy. Of course we hurt when they're in pain," said Barton.

They plan to work on the home Saturday and in the coming weeks so Camp Rainbow Gold can be all moved in by January.

"I had no idea how much the volunteers and this community would impact my life and I'm humbled to see every day what people will do to help Idaho's children with cancer," said Lizberg. "We're really excited that we'll get to continue Camp Rainbow Gold for many years to come."

To help speed up the moving process, CRG is holding a demolition day event Saturday, December 14. You don't need to bring your sledgehammer and gloves, CBH Homes workers will be taking care of the remodel work. However, the independent nonprofit is asking for donations to help fill its new office.

Equipment including computers, keyboards and other electronics is most needed.

For more information on Camp Rainbow Gold and to see the group's office wish list, click here.

Saturday's event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 216 W. Jefferson St. in Boise.

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