Camp Rainbow Gold benefit allows kids with cancer to 'Shine'

"Shine" benefit for Camp Rainbow Gold.

BOISE - Every kid deserves a chance to go to camp - especially children with cancer.

That was the thought 35 years ago that led to what is now Camp Rainbow Gold.

And for 35 years, Camp Rainbow Gold has been offering Idaho children with cancer the experience, fun and friendship of camp.

Friday night, Camp Rainbow Gold is holding a benefit called "Shine" - so that all Idaho children diagnosed with cancer can go to camp.

And one of the items sure to attract top dollar: a piece of artwork made by Camp Rainbow Gold campers.

Eight-year-old Kyanna and her friends have been putting the final touches on a piece of artwork that has special meaning to Camp Rainbow Gold campers.

To create this "Art for Awareness" piece, campers were asked to think of the color and shapes of being happy, healthy, whole, shining from the inside out.

Kyanna says it's Camp Rainbow Gold that makes her happy and fills her heart with love.

Two years ago, Kyanna was diagnosed with cancer.

"I had a brain tumor and they had to pull it out," said Kyanna.

Camp Rainbow Gold helps make all of that - surgery, chemo, sickness - go away. Here, kids can be kids.

"Archery, painting, I went to swimming camp things, biking and camp fire and watching movies," said Kyanna.

"The kids have the best experience that they have because they just tell us over and over again that this is what they wait all year long for," said Christine Thomas/ of Camp Rainbow Gold.

Camp Rainbow Gold is a summer oncology camp, a sibling camp and a family camp.

It's a college scholarship program and a teen support group.

It's 365 days of making a difference in the lives of these children - as well as their families and others who support them.

And at no cost to families.

"It's true that they all have this all in common: the cancer.  But they're just really all kids and they want to go to camp and have fun just like kids," said Thomas.

Learn more about Camp Rainbow Gold here














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