Saturday, Sept. 10 was a day filled with joy for many children with life-threatening illnesses, and their families. This was because numerous children and families had the opportunity to experience Victory Camp, thanks to KidsRStrong2.
KidsRStrong2, also known as KRS2, is a local 501(c)(3) public charity that has a mission of supporting children with life-threatening illnesses in the areas of special programs, scholarships and research. One of the special programs hosted by the organization is the KRS2 Family Fun Day at Victory Camp.
According to the President and Founder of KidsRStrong2, Tomika Gamble, the purpose of the Family Fun Day is to simply allow families to have a day filled with joy, away from the confines of the hospital, so that they can strengthen their family bond during what may be the most difficult and devastating time in their lives.
“It’s essential for entire families to be supported when they have a child that is battling for their life. Family Fun Day at Victory Camp has been a vision of ours for a while, and we are thankful that with the partnership of Victory Camp and many other businesses and organizations, we were able to provide this service to families,” said Gamble.
Families in attendance had the opportunity to experience an array of indoor and outdoor activities. Children could be seen laughing and smiling, while participating in activities such as zip lining, go-carts, swimming, arts and craft, and much more.
“KRS2 Family Fun Day was an amazing event for our family! We are so excited that we had the opportunity to attend, together,” said Yasaar Ellis, 14-year-old pediatric cancer patient.
His 20-year-old brother even agreed. “Initially I didn’t want to come, because I thought that this event would only be for young kids, but I was wrong. This was fun for all of us, and I’m glad that I came and had the opportunity to spend quality time with my loved ones,” said Yahn Ellis, Prairie View A&M college student and older brother of Yasaar.
Families in attendance not only had the opportunity to enjoy fun activities, but every family in attendance left with something.
“Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we had the opportunity to provide gift cards in the amount of $25, all the way up to $500,” added Gamble.
“These families have been through so much. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to see the smiles on their faces as we distributed the gift cards,” mentioned Dana Green, KidsRStrong2 board member and master of ceremonies for the event.
Sponsors of the event were H-E-B, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Neighbors Emergency Center – Pearland, Whataburger, Raising Canes, Faithful Audio Visual, Albert “AJ” Johnson – Farmers Insurance, CrossFit Reign of Pearland and Events by Mimi; as well as Addison J. Photography, Costco Wholesale, Art Camp of Pearland, Panera Bread, Coach’s Construction, Dr. Wendy S. Willett Orthodontics for Children and Adults, Sherman Watkins PLLC, Gringos Tex-Mex, Nestle Waters, and Kroger. Affinity Immediate Care – Alvin and Alvin Smiles also supported by sponsoring a family. There were also other numerous individuals that contributed to the event by sponsoring families, to allow them to attend.
“This event would not have been possible without the support of many. We can’t say thank you enough for all of our sponsors and supporters. It was truly a blessing to provide this service for families, and we look forward to doing it again next year,” added Gamble.
To stay up-to-date on the various programs and activities offered by KidsRStrong2, visit www.krs2.org.