Camp for kids affected by cancer hits the track at WGI
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- Camp Good Days and Special Times has been coming to Watkins Glen International (WGI) for years and giving kids an unforgettable experience. The camp helps kids who either have cancer or have been affected by cancer. With all their services free of charge thanks to donations.
"I didn't want any family that had a child with cancer to have to go through that anxiety," said Camp Good Days and Special Times Founder, Gary Mervis. "So I said every program or service that Camp Good Days provides would be provided free of charge."
This years field trip to the Glen had about 65 campers whose parents or siblings have cancer. They were all able to take a hot lap in a race car around the track. Mervis says it's always an awesome time going to the track each year with the kids.
"For the kids that are at camp this week, this is the highlight of the summer," said Mervis. "Whichever group happens to be at camp when we get invited to come to Watkins Glen it always is the best. The best week of the summer."
For the kids here today, it's all about having a carefree day of fun.
"I don't have to worry about anything," said Camp Good Days and Special Times camper, Nigel Usiak. "I'm just here on the track. It's really nice of them to allow me to come by and ride in the cars. It's really fun."
To learn how you can donate to Camp Good Days, you can visit their website here.