Camp Discovery allows children battling cancer to have fun

1200 children have been diagnosed with cancer this year in Texas

SAN ANTONIO - Cancer can attack anyone, no matter their age, but is particularly tough on children. 

Each year, Camp Discovery, near Kerrville, attempts to bring happiness to those battling childhood cancer.   

It is run though donations by the American Cancer Society. The camp comes offers activities like swimming, arts and crafts, horses, canoeing, and a ropes course.

"It was fun; I was kind of scared,” said 14-year-old Destiny Corrales, describing the zip line on the ropes course.

Corrales, who is battling Leukemia, enjoyed stepping away from her everyday life.

"Usually I'm down a lot,” said Corrales. “Everything is just better when I’m having fun."

Fun is the goal at Camp Discovery which runs from July 21 through July 27. 

Funded by donations, it is in its 30th year and brings together 150 kids from across Texas with a diagnosis of cancer. 

The children, ages 7 to 16, bond over their common situation. 

"I like it here because no one can judge you, because everyone's been through what you've been through. Everyone knows how you feel,” said Zamira Lawson, who is currently in remission from bone cancer.

Lawson said she could not wait to come back next year -- exactly the reason, organizers say, Camp Discovery exists.

"Any time you have hope, the fight's going to be a little easier,” said Joey Cavazos, co-director of Camp Discovery.

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 1,200 kids were diagnosed with cancer this year in Texas.

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