South Carolina Supports Camp for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders
On June 12, 2019, Rho Chapter at the University of South Carolina, along with Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Kappa Delta, and Tri-Delta, donated $1,700 towards a dinner meal for Camp KEMO at their annual summer camp program. Camp KEMO was started in 1980 with the goal of helping families navigate through dealing with childhood cancer and blood disorders.
Over the summer, the camp offers a week-long summer camp experience for children with cancer and their siblings. Corbin Cleaves ’15, Donald Fawcett ’15 and Noah Moore ’17 each are volunteers at the weeklong summer camp this summer. Cleaves and Fawcett have been both been volunteers at the camp for more than six years.
“Words cannot begin to describe the time we all had this past week at Camp Kemo,” Cleaves says, “After six years of volunteering with this organization, I have truly found a whole new family who cares so much about children with cancer. This was by far the best year yet, and I am very excited for the many more summers to come.”
“This place is so special because it truly helps these kids let loose and have fun regardless of the tough times they’re going through.”
“Working with Camp Kemo gave me such an amazing experience that I will cherish forever.” Moore comments. “This place is so special because it truly helps these kids let loose and have fun regardless of the tough times they’re going through.”
Camp KEMO has a unique and special history with Rho Chapter. The chapter’s official philanthropy, Camp Cole, was inspired by Cole Sawyer, the son of Scott Sawyer (Rho–South Carolina ’84), who engaged in Camp KEMO experiences for several years. Sadly, Cole lost his battle with cancer in 2004 at the age of 11, but his legacy was carried on through the creation of Camp Cole in his honor. In addition, Cole’s mother and wife of Scott was very involved with Camp KEMO programs and served as a volunteer and board member for many years.
Over the past three years, Rho Chapter has raised over $83,000 for the Camp Cole organization and has volunteered at their 5k race and the first annual Food Truck Festival.