Leadership

EXPLORE OUR 2015 – 2016 ANNUAL REPORT

A message from our Chair of the Board

Living By Our Gratitude

It is with deepest gratitude and a full heart that I sit down to write this letter for our annual report. My gratitude is for the opportunity to be part of such an incredible organization, for the many generous individuals who make our mission come to life, for the responsiveness and consideration of our community which has supported Camp Happy Days, and for the incredibly hard working staff and board members who labor tirelessly on behalf of kids with cancer in SC. Ours is a labor of love – for the children we serve and their families – delivering joy, friendship, hope, assistance, support, memories, and healing.

In the words of the late, great John F. Kennedy, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Camp Happy Days has continued our forward progress, and indeed, exceed our goals in many areas this year. Each day, we strive to live by our appreciation of our supporters by being humble stewards of our many gifts. We strive every day to do more with our resources, serve more families, and create more unforgettable moments for children battling cancer throughout SC. So in addition to our uttered words of thanks, we are pleased to show you how we have lived by the promise of your support.

We offered 50 programs throughout the year to 1168 children with cancer and their siblings, ages 4-18.

We have served 55 new families from 3 new counties this year including Greenville, Columbia, Santee, Beaufort and Myrtle Beach.

We gave $19,129 in family assistance to families in need of immediate financial support.

We made holiday dreams come true by providing gifts for 172 children with cancer and their siblings.

We served 261 kids in our flagship camp, exceeding last year’s numbers by 38 and including some exciting new programs like an indoor ice rink, wacky water world, and a 40ft water slide.

We respectfully thank our supporters for all that you do to help Camp Happy Days deliver on our mission to “offer support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families by providing cost free year-round programs, special events and access to crisis resources. Our goal is to improve the physical, emotional and psychological health of the entire family facing pediatric cancer.

We simply could not do it without you.

With Deepest Gratitude,

Courtney duBois Brady

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A message from our Executive Director

Dear Camp Happy Days Community,

Thank you so much for your truly inspiring support and generosity. Your donations have helped more children and families than ever before. We have expanded our programs to offer resources and financial assistance to more families than we have in the past which helps them to focus more on their child battling cancer and their families. This has made a tremendous difference.

Because of your support, we were able to offer Family Weekend again after a three year absence. This took place over the weekend of April 1 – 3, 2016 at the Bonclarken Conference Center in Flatrock, NC and 161 people attended. This retreat gave families a chance to bond, enjoy time and fun together and learn about important ways to keep themselves strong, connected, and healthy. Topics about how to find resources for their child and family and how to navigate the hospital system were also covered and this is always needed!

Last year at Camp we had 261 campers. The theme was “High Five for 25” years at Camp Bob Cooper and was a wonderful week for everyone. This year at camp we are expecting 275 campers and 250 volunteers! The date is July 2 through July 8 and it will be full of mind blowing fun and activities! The Camp Planning Committee has been working diligently on plans to make this camp really special.

As many of you know, Elizabeth Clark left us in the fall to pursue a job in early childhood education. We hired Julia Passos as our Development and Special Events Manager. She did a great job with the Heroes of Hope Gala better known as the Cabooty Party and our most recent event, the 1st Annual Corks for Kids.

We have also been extremely fortunate to bring on Ashley Regan as the new Programs Director. Ashley will be leading programs and will be the Family Weekend and Camp Director. Amanda Venable will continue to help with programs as she transitions to Grants Writer.

Congratulations to Teresa Bishop Gilroy on her recent marriage to Joe. She continued working until the end of March in order to help us hire and train her replacement Meghan Gottung Carrington. We are so grateful for the 10 years that Teresa has given to CHD. She has been so supportive to our children and families through good times and tough times. We wish her the very best in her future plans.

As you can see it has been a year of changes, opportunities and growth and we could not do this without each of you – giving generously through donations and your time!

Here is how your support made a difference:

• We helped 687 families who are dealing with a child with cancer and 1622 individuals.

• Over 245 volunteers gave over 43,200 hours of their time to help run Camp 2016 “High Five for 25!” 261 children with cancer and their siblings benefited from seven fun filled days at Camp Bob Cooper in Summerton, SC.

• We held Doodlebug events and activities for 61 families.

• We served 186 families at MUSC’s FACT Clinic

• 74 pre-teens and teens attended Adela’s Extreme Teen Water Weekend and Pre-Teen Program with lock ins and weekend events.

• 122 families and volunteers attended Family Reunion to bond and share their experiences while enjoying a wonderful time at Charlestown Landing with food cooked by Jamie Westendorff.

• 120 children were served through our Check Up Program.

• We served 84 families at our Family Events throughout the year including sporting events, family days and the Aquarium.

As we look toward the future, with your help and support we know that we will be able to provide the hope and endless possibilities that our children and families need as they face another year of uncertainty in their battle against cancer.

Thank you so very much. We truly appreciate all you do.

Warmest regards,

Cindy Hay Johnson

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Board of Directors

Courtney duBois Brady, CHAIRWOMAN
Development, Finance, Programs Committee

Morgan Herterich (PAST CHAIR)
Finance Committee

Chip Roberts, VICE CHAIR
Development Committee

Stanislava Fowler, CPA, TREASURER
Finance Chair

James H. Westendorff, SECRETARY

Franklin F. Adams
Finance Committee

Douglas Jennings
Human Resources Committee

Preston Stone, M.D.
Finance Committee

Madelene Lewis, M.D.
Development Committee

Gregory Taylor
Development Committee

Alice LoGuidice MSN, APRN, CPNP
Program Committee

Rosemary LaVista
Development Chair

Peter Stonefield
Development Committee

Dru DuBois
Development Committee

Camp Happy Days’ mission is to offer support and encouragement to children diagnosed with cancer and their families by providing cost free year-round programs, special events and access to crisis resources. Our goal is to improve the physical, emotional and psychological health of the entire family facing pediatric cancer.

Special Events Committees

 Bed Race Committee

Greg Taylor

Dru DuBois

Morgan Herterich

Courtney Brady

Chip Roberts

Cameron Ballinger

Alice LoGuidice

Derek Breau

Madelene Lewis

 Cabooty Committee

Courtney Brady – Chair

Abbie Cluver – Chair

Chip Roberts

Allan Cabading

Madelene Lewis, M.D.

Anna Stonefield

Greg Taylor

Rosemary LaVista

Dru DuBois

Lauren Fox

Morgan Herterich

 Camp Planning Committee

Kit Brownell

Allan Cabading

Debbie Donovan

David Epner

Larry Kessler

Leah McNellis

Jesse Meelan

John Powers

Sandy Powers

Tracey Porcher

Bridgette Stample

Becky Terpstra

Dee Bee Wright

Annual Report: October 1, 2015 – September 30th, 2016