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Published August 07, 2010, 12:00 AM

Photo gallery: Kamp Kace

Kamp Kace in rural Vergas, Minn., is an opportunity for children living with cancer to just be a kid.


Maddison Williams, 10, Mayville resident has been attending the camp for five years. "I get to go swimming and we get to have camp fires." At three years old Williams was diagnosed with cancer and it is in remission now. She is working on her arts and craft projects. Sherri Keaton / The Forum

  • Maddison Williams, 10, Mayville resident has been attending the camp for five years. "I get to go swimming and we get to have camp fires." At three years old Williams was diagnosed with cancer and it is in remission now.  She is working on her arts and craft projects.
Sherri Keaton / The Forum
  • Dr. Janet Tillisch has been working at Kamp Kace since it started 24 years ago. "Once they leave camp I think it really helps all of their self esteem. I know the kids look forward to it all year. You do everything you can to get them here and sometimes they know it will be their last year at camp but they will do anything to go to camp.  It is really cool."<br /><br />Sherri Keaton / The Forum
  • Nate Mattson, 18, Hawley, Minn., resident and adult volunteer races with Parker Belgarde, 8, the furthest left with Brock Gwinner, 8, with blonde hair and Ty Gwinner, 6, both of Roessler, North Dakota.<br /><br />Sherri Keaton / The Forum
  • Darian Schnyder, 15, War Road, Minn resident, spends his second year at the camp. In October 2008 he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, (a type of blood cancer) a few months later I was asked if I want to go to Kamp KACE. "I wasn’t sure what that was and I finally got talked into it and it really helped me I was going through bouts of depression.  I go here because I want to be with kids who know what I am going through but it is more like I just want to be normal at camp. I don’t want to think about it.  That is why I keep coming back."<br /><br />Sherri Keaton / The Forum
  • Marcia Stubstad, camp nurse, wears KACE's 2004 shirt. "I have a different shirt for everyday of the week. Conversation starter when you wear it outside of camp. We try to make the kids really see themselves as survivors."<br /><br />Sherri Keaton / The Forum