The Huery family had the joyful opportunity to attend Camp Korey this past May, and a wonderful time they had.
Jason Jr., who is 12 years old and has Sickle Cell Anemia, said it is one of the best times he has had. Jason said that some of his favorite things were rock climbing —“it was super fun”— playing basketball, all the outside activities, and arts and crafts. Jason thought about it and could not think of a least favorite activity because everything was just really fun. He also stressed that the food was great and the cooks were very good. The downside of it was that there were not many boys there his age, but that if given the chance he would go back again next year and tell other boys about Camp Korey.
Tanisha is Jason’s mother. This was their second year attending Camp Korey. Their family consists of Jason Sr., Janique (Jason’s twin sister), Jasyra (6 years old) and Jahreem (4 years old).
Tanisha said that the first year they went was scary, because they didn’t know what to expect. She also felt overshadowed the first year and kept her kids close by but was very excited to return this year.
Lodging was very nice. All families stayed together, or large families stayed across the hall from each other. Each family was appointed a family helper to allow parents some “me time,” where they could just enjoy themselves and not worry about their children.
The Huery family enjoyed dressing up in costumes, the scavenger hunt, building campfires, singing, and making s’mores. There was also a talent show and a movie night. That definitely is a lot of activities to cover during the weekend. On the Camp Korey grounds there is a Nestle Chocolate Museum and a farm. The lake across the street from the farm is another fun activity, but unfortunately this year there was too much debris and the campers were not allowed to go there.
Tanisha stated that she enjoyed the adult activities. There was a parents’ meeting where two adults with Sickle Cell came and talked with them about bone marrow transplants, and the parents were able to talk with one another about their fears.
Bringing the community of Sickle Cell families together is a big part of Camp Korey. The connections that you are able to make are very strong and lasting. Her younger children have met some friends from Camp Korey, and Tanisha met a mother that she plans to keep in touch with.
The Huery family plans to go again next year if their family gets picked, but they do understand that this was their second time and other families need to experience Camp Korey also.
We wish them luck!
Published in September 2013 newsletter. Written by Valerie Ndifon