Kids battling life-threatening illnesses attend free summer camp

By Kirsten JoyceLinsey Lewis | Originally published by KLAS Ch 8

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Kids battling life-threatening illnesses are having the time of their lives this week at Camp Cartwheel. It’s a week-long camp, held just on the outskirts of Las Vegas in Lovely Canyon at Torino Ranch.

Abigail Coeto has been counting down the days to Camp Cartwheel. This summer marks her seventh year swimming, singing, crafting, and being one with nature with other kids just like her.

“I love this place with all my heart,” Coeto said. “There are a lot of bonds between campers and counselors, nurses, and campers, and everyone just bonds and forgets all their worries, a space where everyone just feels like they belong.”

Coeto is a cancer survivor, entering ninth grade in the fall. She and hundreds of other kids can spend a week at this unique and special place for free, thanks to the many donations provided by the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.

“Throughout the year we help parents financially. We see these kids throughout the year at tougher times. But the best time is at Camp Cartwheel with the kids running up to you and giving you hugs, my heart is still full and beating fast. It gives them something to look forward to as they’re battling these illnesses. There’s not a lot to look forward to for them, but knowing Camp Cartwheel is coming helps so much,” President and CEO, Jeff Gordon said

The love and comradery were evident at the beautiful ranch donated, by Brett Torino who discovered the area while he was hiking 35 years ago. He fell in love with the property and helped transform the space.

Every summer it fills with more than 150 volunteers with the same number of kids, turning the place into a labor of love.

Coeto said when she’s eligible, she plans to return as a volunteer or lifeguard to give back to the camp that has given her so much. Camp Cartwheel also is celebrating its 30 anniversary.

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In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we are immensely proud of our longstanding partnership of over two decades with @nvccf. Together, we have diligently championed the cause of raising awareness about this illness and have been dedicated to advancing services provided to the children and their families. Over the years, our collaborative efforts have resulted in the development of educational services for children undergoing treatments and the establishment of a refuge through the summer camps at Torino Ranch, where cherished memories are created, offering a respite from the challenges faced by these young fighters. @kariofmanycolors @celenahaas1
School starts on Aug. 7 and the @bretttorinofoundation Education Services of @nvccf is there every step of the way. This program gives diagnosed children the opportunity to continue their education while in treatment, recovery, and post treatment with Brett Torino Foundation Learning Pod at @nvccf, Brett Torino Foundation “Heart of Education” Scholarship, School Re-Entry Team, Advocacy, Back to School in Style, C.A.P.S. PROGRAM, and more.

Please call Mrs. K at NVCCF at 702.735.8434 or email her at for more information and education support. This program is available to critically ill children (K-12) diagnosed with life threatening illnesses including cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, renal, blood, and immunologic diseases, their siblings, as well as to children whose parents are diagnosed with cancer and registered with The Caring Place Program.
🎉 Congratulations to @nvccf Jeff, Stephanie, and the entire team! What a remarkable honor, and we couldn't be more proud to collaborate with you on Camp Cartwheel and the BTF educational services and programs throughout the year. Your dedication to the children and the Las Vegas Community is truly commendable. Thank you, NVCCF, for making a positive impact on so many lives! 🙌🏼 #givingback
A round of applause for another captivating camp experience with @sunshinenevadaorg! Immerse yourself in the world of camp I AM and TLC through this informative video, capturing the essence of camp life. While camp may be seen as a typical experience for some children, for those living with autism, it is an extraordinary and transformative journey. From engaging activities to forming meaningful connections with others and nature, both the campers and volunteers have created countless cherished memories. Stay connected with us throughout the year for captivating camp images on our social media, pages and website.
ICYMI: Proud to partner with @saveredrock and other local groups @centennial_subaru @republic_services and more for Lovell Canyon clean up with nearly 100 volunteers. We are committed to the continuous preservation and beauty of our nature lands.
Thrilled to host @Sunshinenevadaorg summer camp at Torino Ranch helping those living with autism, we have waited more than 3 years to see all these smiling faces of the children. Can’t wait to host you all again next year! #givingback
It takes a village to support children with critical illnesses, to wrap services around them, and ensure that they and their families feel deeply supported. Summer camp fun not only brings joy but also instills strength and courage within them, empowering them to face medical challenges throughout the year. Together, we form a close-knit family, united in our dedication to their well-being. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ @nvccf @8newsnow @8newsnowkirsten @kirsten.joyce
Last week, Brett Torino Foundation and @nvccf Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation held the 27th annual Camp Cartwheel Summer Camp at Torino Ranch for critically ill children diagnosed with cancer, or other life-threatening illnesses. Over the decades many thousands of children have experienced the ranch since 1999, the foundation is committed to those we serve.
It’s beginning to look a lot like 🎄at the ranch. 
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