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October 27, 1978

Camp for children with cancer a success

JAMA. 1978;240(18):1948. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290180022009

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They are just like other children, except for one thing: They have leukemia or some other form of cancer.

Nonetheless, they have special memories—of camping in Wisconsin. According to Charles Baum, MD, pediatric oncologist at Children's Memorial Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University, Chicago, the first season of camp, called "One Step at a Time," was a success.

Organized by the Children's Oncology Services of Illinois, Inc, the camp was designed, as Baum emphasizes, "not for children with cancer, but as a camp facility to which children with leukemia or cancer can come for fun and personal growth."

First-season campers were from 7 to 16 years old.

"The kids really found out that they could do what other kids do," Baum says. "We made no attempt to structure any kind of group discussion, but when they got together, they did talk about their illness some of the