IT WAS NEARLY TAKEN AWAY.
BUT, A CAMP FOR KIDS AFFECTED BY CANCER IN OUR REGION
HAS FOUND NEW LIFE.
KXLY4'S KYLEE CRUZ TELLS US ABOUT A WOMAN'S SPECIAL
JOURNEY BACK TO CAMP, 20 YEARS LATER!
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
TUCKED AWAY AT FAN LAKE IS A PLACE WHERE KIDS -- CAN
BE JUST THAT, KIDS.
when you are here, you can't remember what happened,
you let go of all the worries
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
BUT FOR A WEEK THEY GET TO ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS
AT CAMP GOODTIMES AT YMCA'S CAMP REED.
AND THIS YEAR.
A SPECIAL CAMPER IS BACK.
the last time i was here, things were a lot different,
i didn't have any hair
THAT WAS 1994.
AMBER TEETERS HAD STAGE FOUR CANCER.
BUT A SPECIAL PERSON HELPED CHANGE THAT.
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
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
20 YEARS LATER, AMBER IS BACK AT CAMP AND REUNITED
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
an honor to know this 20 years later
THIS CAMP HELPED AMBER GIVE HER THE SPARK OF HOPE.
SHE NEEDED TO FIGHT BACK.
AND NOW, SHE'S LIVING PROOF YOU CAN HIT ROCK BOTTOM
AND STILL BOUNCE BACK.