Happiness Heals: Kids Battling Cancer at Camp Simcha

Campers at Camp Simcha for children battling cancer visit Zuccotti Park, create inspiring musical video.

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Camp Simcha kids 'Occupy Cancer'
Camp Simcha kids 'Occupy Cancer'

Camp Simcha, Chai Lifeline’s overnight camp for children battling cancer and other hematological illnesses, staged an "Occupy Cancer" rally this summer at Zuccotti Park and lined the warning track at Citi Field to sing the National Anthem before a Mets game.

The campers created the following video to empower others to brighten the world for children battling cancer.

Each summer, 400 seriously ill children are treated to an unforgettable, medically supervised overnight camp experience at Camp Simcha, for children battling cancer and other hematological illnesses. Camp Simcha Special, another camp, is for children with debilitating chronic conditions.

At both camps, children and teens trade bleak hospital rooms and doctors' offices for fun, friendship, and hope for the future. Campers enjoy traditional camp activities in fully handicapped-accessible facilities. Talent shows, concerts, and helicopter, hot-air, and motorcycle rides are only some of the many activities enjoyed by campers.

Since 1987, Chai Lifeline has since 1987 been helping families of seriously ill children cope with the crises and challenges of pediatric illness. Chai Lifeline's programs provide support to the sick children as well as to their family members.