By Anton Blender
With most kids back at school, one summer memory likely stands out for some of our teen cancer patients and their siblings: the prom at Camp A.O.K., a week-long overnight camp held each August in Magnolia, Texas.
"I've missed many homecomings and many formals at my school being in the hospital and taking treatments," says 16-year-old Rumer Austin, who drives seven hours from Oklahoma to attend Camp A.O.K. every summer. "It's really fun just getting to interact with everyone and look nice for a night."
Making up for lost
Diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma at age 11, Rumer has undergone several surgeries and treatments.
"I've definitely had my lows," Rumer says. "You've got to just live with it and make the best of things, so that's what I try to do. And that's what this camp does, it really brings the positive side to the disease and the surgeries."