Spotlight on Jessica Sutton: Camper turned Companion
Volunteer Companion and all-round superstar, Jessica Sutton has been part of the Camp Quality family since she was diagnosed with cancer at age six.
Jessica says that for every negative aspect of cancer, she can think of ten positives, with Camp Quality becoming her second family.
For Jessica, camp life made her feel at home while she was going through treatment. She relished being with volunteers and nurses who ‘got it’, people who understood what she was going through. She didn’t feel alone anymore, she was just like her fellow campers: a kid just wanting to be a kid in that moment.
Fast forward to 2018 and Jessica has been on nine camps since she took the step to become a Companion to support other children who need time out to simply be a kid for those few days at camp.
Today, Jessica puts her hands up for any camp she can volunteer for, runs Family Fun Days in her local community and somehow, she still finds the time to study for a nursing degree!
Jessica says Camp Quality is the glue that sticks it all together, the hole no one else can fill.
“I try to imagine what my journey would have been like without Camp Quality. But to be honest, I would rather not as life without Camp Quality is unimaginable.
“Those camps have allowed life-long friendships to grow and develop for my family. We have been able to create a network of fellow travellers on the same journey.
“Camp Quality’s motto is ‘laughter is the best medicine’ and I can quite honestly say we overdosed on that medicine quite a bit!” said Jessica.
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