Camp Ta-Kum-Ta is a week long summer camp for children who have cancer. It allows them to feel like kids again. They spend the week creating memories that are experiences of a lifetime.
"It gives them a chance to put their disease as the second most important thing in their life, and being a kid again is the most important thing," said Ted Kessler.
Kessler is the camp’s executive director and was one of the founders of the camp. He says that this camp allows kids with cancer to spend a week in a log cabin overlooking Lake Champlain and it’s all free.
The kids get to spend their time doing fun activities like tackling a ropes course, going to prom, singing songs around the campfire, and so much more.
Organizers need help to have a successful week of camp. It takes hard work and many fundraising events to give campers the ultimate experience. But with organizations like C.U.F.F. Cancer, which stands for Cops United for Fighting Cancer, it’s possible.
C.U.F.F. Cancer’s annual head shave event is at 6 p.m. Friday, July 24 at the top of Church St. in Burlington. To participate all you have to do is simply shave your head. Each head shave costs $100 but all the proceeds benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.
This year, they have fewer participants signed up. Everyone is encouraged to support the cause and stop by.