SPOKANE, Wash. - It was nearly taken away, but Camp Goodtimes, a camp for kids affected by cancer in our region, has found new life.
Camp Goodtimes is welcoming campers this week at Camp Reed north of Spokane.
"It's more than summer camp. It's a week away from hospitals. I don't know if people know how important it is, it's everything," former camper Amber Teeters said.
These kids have experienced a lot in their young lives. All 80 of them have been affected by cancer, either they're battling the disease or know someone who is.
"When you are here, you can't remember what happened, you let go of all the worries," 8-year-old Beverly Granados said.
This year marks the special return of a former camper.
"The last time I was here, things were a lot different. I didn't have any hair," former camper Amber Teeters said.
That was 1994. Teeters had stage four cancer then.
"We didn't think there was going to be a next summer," she said.
But a special person helped change that during a swim test at camp.
"I was really, really scared and I didn't know if I could do it and he said to me, you got this. He didn't know who I was and he was just like you got this," Teeters said.
That person was camp counselor Joe Feryn, known to campers as Quasi.
"I had gotten a lot more sick after camp and I didn't know if I wanted to keep fighting anymore, those words kept me going," Teeters said.
20 years later, Amber is back at camp and reunited with Feryn.
"We are all pretty positive about things, so we all talk to campers like that so you have no idea where that goes, what seed you planted, and this is such a honor to know this 20 years later," Feryn said.
This camp helped give Teeters the spark of hope she needed to fight back and now she's living proof you can hit rock bottom and still bounce back.