We are delighted to introduce the Blanco family to you through our blog and to tell you a little bit about their experience with Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.
The Blanco Family
Natalie Blanco was sixteen months old when she had a strange reaction to a hard fall. Her parents rushed her to the hospital where the doctors performed many tests to determine why she was running such a high fever. The results were “Leukemia.”
Arley Blanco, Natalie’s mother will tell anyone who asks, that her world came crashing in at that one simple but terrifying word. For the next two years Natalie fought back with chemotherapy, radiation, and finally a bone marrow transplant at City of Hope.
When Natalie was three and in remission, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times (CAMP) came into her life. Arley was excited that CAMP offered sessions that addressed the Blanco’s monolingual (Spanish) culture and language needs. Campamento Familiar was the first time the Blancos began to feel relief and like a family again. They were among people of their culture who understood what they had gone through and were still facing.
Barco’s Nightingales Foundation is proud to sponsor camperships to CAMP for families like the Blancos where they can breathe and feel normal again. Did you know that just $1,500 sends a child with cancer to camp to connect with others while building courage and independence?
We hope you will join us in our effort to support these children, their families and the volunteers who change their lives.
~Michael and Frida Donner