Monday, February 8, 2016

Ronald McDonald Camp 2012

I'm back ... from my first Ronald McDonald camp experience. I had a blast when I was out in the Poconos for RMC 2012.

Ronald McDonald Camp 2012

I’m back ... from my first Ronald McDonald camp experience. I had a blast when I was out in the Poconos for RMC 2012. The 3-hour bus ride alone was fun. We talked for about an hour and a half and the rest of the way, I listened to music.

When we first pulled onto the campgrounds, I could tell I was going to have a lot of fun. The bus drove into a woodsy forest. and I felt right at home. When the buses stopped, there where so many counselors with names of different cabins on them. The cabin I was assigned to was “mango”. The girls in my cabin are all very nice and funny. We had some funny conversations and fun times in the cabin.

I was a senior camper, which means that I was old enough to choose the activities I would do for the next week. The activities I chose were going to the lake, fishing, beaded jewelry, and campfire cooking. I made lots of new friends in each of my activities. The food was great! 

The night activities were also fun. One night there was a dance, another a talent show (I wasn’t there for that), Another a scavenger hunt, and an African themed show where we got to go on stage and play the drums.(This years theme was African safari). Also during the week, we had to look for gems to turn in and get tickets for the carnival. The riders from Harley Davidson motorcycles also came.

The counselors, the campers, and the nurses were all so nice. I can’t wait to go back to camp next year!

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About this blog
Rachel Kovach, 12, is a seventh-grader at Mother Theresa Regional School in Atlantic Highlands, N.J. She lives in Highlands, N.J., near the Sandy Hook national seashore, with her parents, Mari and Kurt Kovach.

Since first grade, Rachel has been swimming with the Monmouth Barracudas, a year-round competitive United States Swimming Club program. She hopes to continue competitive swimming after her cancer treatment; if not, she envisions coaching someday or maybe a career in medicine. Figure skating and jazz dancing have been big parts of her life. One of the things she hates about being in the hospital is missing her dog Cocoa and her many friends.

Rachel's doctors

These are the key physicians overseeing Rachel’s care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia:

Naomi BalamuthNaomi Balamuth, pediatric oncologist, specializes in treating pediatric sarcomas, a subset of solid tumors.



Richard B. WomerRichard B. Womer, pediatric oncologist, led studies of the latest chemotherapy treatment protocol for Ewing’s sarcoma.



John P. DormansJohn P. Dormans, M.D., chief of orthopaedic surgery, is an international expert in the surgical treatment of musculoskeletal tumors.


Timeline of Rachel Kovach’s Treatment

Dec. 3, 2010: Pain in Rachel's right knee is initially diagnosed as tendinitis.

Jan. 20: An MRI reveals a tumor in right leg.

Jan 24: Rachel sees John Dormans, chief of orthopedic surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Jan. 27: A biopsy confirms Ewing's sarcoma.

February to mid-April: Regimens of chemotherapy alternate every other week. The three-drug regimen is given over two days; the two-drug regimen is given over five days.

May 3: Surgery replaces most of the right femur with a prosthesis.

May 5: A Children's Hospital team will help Rachel get out of bed.

May 10 to September: Alternating regimens of chemotherapy are to resume.

Around May 10: Physical therapy will begin in the hospital and continue for at least several months after Rachel goes home.

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