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Camp Kemo brings together doctors, patients

By Jillian Capobianco - bio | email

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, SC (WIS) - One camp in Batesburg-Leesville brings together kids who survived cancer, those still battling and their nurses.

In March, we profiled 17-year-old T'keyah Worthy while she was going through radiation for stage two Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

"I did three treatments of chemo and 14 days of radiation and now I'm done," said Worthy.

By done, she means cancer-free.

"My mom said it was the best mother's day gift ever. It felt really good to know I started off down but I came through alright," said Worthy.

T'keyah will have to get checkups every six months, but right now she is enjoying the camp.

It's a week-long camp put on by Palmetto Health Children's Hospital where kids can do everything from ride motorcycles to carnival rides.

But there is a more serious goal of Camp Kemo according to Jeanne Schmidt with the program.

"It paves the way for future treatment. These patients come into our clinic after chemo and they might not be timid any more, they've been on rides with their nurses and doctors," said Schmidt.

"It's so much fun. We do all kinds of activities and it's really fun just to look at the smiles on the younger kids faces, it's really good," said Worthy.

T'keyah hopes to go to the College of Charleston in Fall 2010 and eventually become a doctor. She has some words of inspiration for people struggling with cancer.

"It's actually not as bas as some people think it is. People think cancer equals death and it's not, you can beat it," said Worthy.

Funding for Camp Kemo comes strictly from donations and most of those donations are small personal contributions.

If you would like donate, go to Palmettohealthfoundation.org and designate your gift to Camp Kemo.

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