Friends of Camp Māk-A-Dream, Michigan Chapter is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for children and young adults touched by cancer to attend Camp Māk-A-Dream, a cost-free camp.
Camp Māk-A-Dream, located in Gold Creek, Montana, was founded by Michigan residents Harry and Sylvia Granader. Since opening its doors in 1995 and welcoming 46 campers, the facility has welcomed more than 6,300 children and young adults with cancer.
The contributions raised by Friends of Camp Māk-A-Dream provide Michigan children and young adults with cancer not only this experience at camp, but also cover transportation to Montana. Due to high medical costs, as well as associated expenses of caring for a child with cancer, many families are without the financial ability to send their child to camp. In 2014, 72 campers from Michigan attended Camp Māk-A-Dream cost free, representing 37 cities throughout the state.
The camp sessions are divided by age groups:
Kids Camp ages 6-14
Teen Camp ages 15-18
Siblings Camp (2) ages 6-13 & 13-17
Young Adult Conference ages 18-40
Two Heads Up Conferences ages 15-18 Teen/ages 18-25 Adult
Camp Māk-A-Dream offers a full range of recreational activities - swimming, hiking, high ropes course, arts & crafts, putt-putt golf and much more. Campers also meet others facing similar challenges with cancer. They can talk to one another about their fears and concerns, and feel comfortable with cancer survivors who truly understand their situation. The Teen Camp and Young Adult Conferences offer small group discussions, guest speakers, workshops and more.
The camp welcomes children and young adults in remission and can also safely accommodate campers who are currently undergoing treatment. With a state of the art medical center on campus, the camp medical staff can provide treatments such as oral chemotherapy, IV therapy, blood transfusions and a variety of other procedures.