Camp Care

Courtney Lamar Leader lives in San Francisco. Yet for a week each summer she travels back to her hometown of Baton Rouge to volunteer with Camp Care, a day camp for children diagnosed with cancer and their siblings. She volunteered for years while living locally and couldn’t let a move across the country stop her from helping out. First established by the Junior League in 1994, Cancer Services’ Camp Care has helped hundreds of local children enjoy a week of summer camp, free of charge. This year, two additional camps were added. Camp Climb was offered to children with a parent or guardian battling cancer, and Camp Koala was offered to children who lost a loved one to cancer. At these camps, children were taught coping skills while participating in carefree activities such as games of laser tag and trips to the movies. According to Cancer Services, the camps are funded through the generosity of the community, the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic and Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.