Enjoying Summer Like Any Other Child: Brandi Denton Gatewood & Camp Rainbow

Camp Rainbow is a camp that is dedicated to Mississippi’s pediatric cancer patients and survivors. For one week every summer, the children get to go and enjoy a summer camp just like any other child. Volunteers go as counselors—some of the counselors were once campers at Camp Rainbow themselves—to “staff” the camp. Everyone involved has some connection to cancer—they had/have it, someone they love had/have it, or they’re just passionate about children who have or had cancer. Camp Rainbow is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Camp happens because of the generous donations of others.

AAJ member Brandi Denton Gatewood of LoCoco, LoCoco & Gatewood, PLLC, in D’Ibervile, Missisissippi, introduced TLC to Camp Rainbow and told us what it means to her.

“I initially got involved with Camp Rainbow through the Kitchens family. Dan, John, and Matt are all AAJ members. That family got heavily involved with Camp Rainbow because Dan was a camper. Once Dan completed his cancer treatment, and all of the boys got old enough, they started volunteering as counselors. They’ve been doing this for over 20 years. Meanwhile, their mother, Mary Kitchens, served many years as the Camp Director.  Eventually, she turned that over to someone else and founded Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation (MTK). MTK is in the process of building a camp ground—Camp Kamassa—that is fully handicap accessible, so that Camp Rainbow and all of the other special needs camps in Mississippi will have a functional camp ground for the children to enjoy.

I started volunteering regularly as a Camp Rainbow counselor in 2011 and fell in love with it. This year, I was asked to lead arts & crafts. Camp does not have a big budget for arts & crafts, so I created an Amazon wish list for the projects that I had selected for the kids to make this year. Every item from that wish list was purchased and shipped to my house by the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus and Mississippi Association for Justice Women’s Caucus. The Women’s Caucuses of AAJ and MAJ made arts & crafts possible this year.”

Below is a picture of Brandi Denton Gatewood and Dan, John, and Matt Kitchens at Camp Rainbow in 2018.

Posted on September 25, 2018 at 4:48 pm in Community Outreach, General by Marie D'Avignon - RSS 2.0

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