Children from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama who are undergoing cancer treatments at regional oncology centers will again get to enjoy two days of fun on Sept. 27, 6 p.m., and Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Camp Agape in Polk County.
“This will be the l7th year FUNDAY Inc., a nonprofit organization, has been sponsoring this fun-filled weekend,” said Temple Gentry of the FUNDAY staff.
“There are no age limits for participants and the children's siblings and immediatefamily members are invited. They may camp outdoors at Camp Agape (the Greek word for love) or stay in dormitory facilities on site or just ‘drop by,’ and all activities are free,” she noted.
Some 40 churches and organizations sponsor the popular annual event which began when Eddie and Cindy Sloan's daughter, Amanda, was diagnosed with cancer. During Amanda's treatments at a hospital oncology center, a “fun day” would be sponsored by the hospital periodically at amusement centers. But the conditions were not favorable for the patients. Refreshments were not easily accessible plus no special precautions were taken. This made what was supposed to be a day of fun not so much fun,”: Temple explained.
“After his daughter passed away Eddie, coordinator of FUNDAY, decided he would begin his own FUNDAY for children with cancer. So the first one was held in l996 at Camp Agape and it was immediately a huge success for children, their families and everyone involved,” Temple said.
Among this year’s sponsored activities will be: a petting zoo presented by Deanna Phillips; a Gingerbread House full of candy and popcorn; a fire with Smores tie-dye-T-shirts; live entertainment all day Saturday; a huge fireworks display Friday night; a hay ride through a “haunted” trail; Friday night entertainment featuring TLE and Marvel Ministries Magician/Illusionist; Spiderman; Cinderella; Sponge-Bob, Smokie the Bear; clowns; bounce houses; horseback riding; all-terrain vehicles; fishing; Harley Davidson motorcycle riders for the Son; crafts; balloons; bags full of prizes; free passes for our special guest through the Ocoee River Maze and more.
“Financial support and prayers are also deeply appreciated,” Temple added. Donations may be mailed to: Eddie Sloan, 411 McClure Road, Benton, TN 37307. For further information contact Temple at 715-3843.
Other FUNDAY staffers are: Marsha Passmore; Erlene and Roy Frazier; Sherry Sparks; Carmen Wilson; and a Tennessee Wesleyan student.