Cancer camp looking for help to continue

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 9 at 7:20 PM

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. - There was never any question where Kaitlin Dresdner was going to marry Nic Ulrich.

"We wouldn't be here if it weren't for camp," said Ulrich, moments before his wedding on a Vashon Island campground.

The couple met when they were 17. They had something else in common. Both had been diagnosed with cancer.

Dresdner had Hodgkin's lymphoma, Ulrich had leukemia.

They met at Camp Goodtimes, an American Cancer Society sponsored camp for children from Washington and Alaska.

The camp has hosted thousands of children since 1984.

But the camp won't continue without support from the public.

Earlier this year the American Cancer Society decided to move all funds towards research.

"They're doubling down on research in the hopes that camps like this aren't cancer camps anymore, but just summer camps," said Gus Peterson, Camp Goodtimes' Director.

Dresdner and Ulrich are both in remission and credit the camp for their health.

They are working with other former campers and volunteers to try to raise money to keep the camp going.

"Not just for the kids who have been coming here," said Dresdner, "But for those kids who don't know they need it yet."

To help Camp Goodtimes raise the $500,000 needed for another year of camp, go to thegoodtimesproject.org

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