Ray Cronin, 17, visits Barretstown Castle in Ireland to reconnect with the childhood he lost while battling leukemia. The kids he meets during his visit are also survivors of serious illness.
Cronin dines with other campers and later tackles an obstacle course. The camp pays for everything from funds raised through charity; campers are nominated by hospitals. Counselor Mark O’Kelly discusses the confidence kids gain from spending time with each other.
Counselor John Rogers explains camp rules. Groups contain campers from varied cultural backgrounds. Cronin's mother sees a change in his outlook and recalls setbacks during treatment.
The campers chat every night before lights out. They share personal stories and recall challenges they overcame during the day. Cronin looks forward to attending the camp again next year.
Credits: Castle of Hope
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Barretstown Centre in Ireland provides specialist relief and treatment for children suffering from life-threatening diseases. Many travel to the center for the last days of their young lives. Over the years, Barretstown has helped children from across Europe. Castle of Hope follows Ray Cronin, a 17-year old boy from England who is had leukemia. The cancer in now in remission, and he has arrived at Barretstown to rediscover the childhood has lost and have some fun.
Length: 21 minutes
Copyright date: ©2008
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