Logan County’s local Priceless IGA held a fundraiser Thursday, June 18th in front of the grocery to benefit The Center for Courageous Kids. Partnering with IGA was Backwoods Grillin. They, with the help of the community, were able to raise $770 for the kids at the camp.
“This was part of a month long project that Houchens Industries participated in,” said store manager Kim Nolan. “We have been offering “Cubbies” in May and June for customers to purchase and put their names on, hanging them in the store. The barbecue was an extension of this project.”
The Center for Courageous Kids is a not for profit Medical Camping Facility founded by the late Ms. Betty Turner Campbell in October of 2004 and opened for the first family weekend in February of 2008. Ms. Betty lost a beloved son following a 17 year battle with cancer. It was then she was inspired to create a place where children living with life threatening illnesses and their families could come free of charge and have fun, find respite, feel normal and forget about their every day struggles. Since inception, over 17,900 medically fragile campers and their families have visited The Center for Courageous Kids from 40 different states and eight foreign countries. Her dream of building a medical camp on her Father’s 168 acre farm, in her hometown of Scottsville, KY, came true and continues to change the lives of thousands of children every year.
The 20 million dollar funded campus encompasses an on-site medical center with helipad, indoor aquatic complex, equestrian riding arena, bowling alley, gymnasium, climbing wall, boating and fishing, theater, four camper lodges, and SO much more! We have a program and medical staff who are trained and experienced in all aspects of medical camping. Operating year-round, we offer two distinct programs at CCK: weekend retreats for ill children and families and summer camping sessions designed especially for courageous kids. It is a fabulous opportunity for children who are battling an illness or handicap to come out of the shadows of their everyday lives and step into the spotlight with other children coping with the same challenges. There are no limits at The Center for Courageous Kids. We have a “You can do it” attitude. Children who attend CCK leave with memories of their first horse back ride, favorite campfire song, catching the BIG fish or taking center stage and starring in their own show. All of the memories, smiles and laughs would not be possible if it wasn’t for our generous donors. Every donation, large or small, goes to helping one more deserving child experience CCK!
“We feel The Center for Courageous Kids is a very worthwhile non-profit organization,” said Nolan. “You never know if someday it will be your child who is sick and in need and what this camp could do for them. Anything that is done for children is worth supporting.”
Campers and families come to CCK free of charge. The camp is funded by donations from individuals, foundations, corporations and health partners with a heart for medically fragile children. Donations are always needed and appreciated.
If you are interested in donating to The Center for Courageous Kinds you can visit their website at http://www.thecenterforcourageouskids.org/