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DCEG Staff Volunteer at 2017 Camp Fantastic

Posted on September 19, 2017

Current and former DCEG staff at Camp Fantastic this year

Current and former DCEG staff at Camp Fantastic this year

In August 2017, several current and former DCEG staff spent a week in the hills of Virginia volunteering at Camp Fantastic, a summer camp for children undergoing treatment for cancer. Stephen Chanock, M.D., Division Director, returned for his 23rd year as camp Medical Director. Fellow Diana Withrow, Ph.D., reprised her role as a counselor while fellows Leandro Colli, M.D., Ph.D., and Lisa McReynolds, M.D., Ph.D., volunteered on the medical staff.

Camp Fantastic is run jointly between NCI and Special Love, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting children with cancer and their families. This year’s theme was “Camp Fantastic Studios,” and campers were treated to movie-themed activities such as a “Western” farm day, a superhero dinner, and a Harry Potter “Yule Ball”.

Dr. Withrow wrote a blog post on her experience volunteering at camp for the International Society of Paediatric Oncology. Read Dr. Withrow’s blog post here.

View a Storify of Twitter activity around Camp Fantastic this year.

Read an article about last year’s Camp Fantastic by Clara Zettelmeyer, another DCEG volunteer.