Welcome to Mitch’s Mission

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Our Mission:  Send kids with cancer to camp!

Kids and camp. . . what better way for a kid to spend time in the summer. Mitch’s Mission believes that all kids should get to experience the joys and freedom of summer camp no matter their medical circumstances. 

Our Kids:

The children Mitch’s Mission helps are patients of Cincinnati Children Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute. The camp is called Camp NJoyItAll and is held at Camp Joy located north of Cincinnati, Ohio. The camp is staffed with doctors and nurses from Cincinnati Children’s.

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Playdate with the Bearcats

Playdate with the Bearcats
Sunday, February 11, 2018   
2pm to 5pm

UC Rec Center on the University of Cincinnati Main Campus.

2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221

Mitch’s Mission’s signature event, Playdate with the Bearcats, is a family-fun day for kids of all ages.

Hang out with UC athletes and enjoy the amenities of the beautiful UC Rec Center including swimming, rock-climbing and basketball. Face painting & games for younger kids, too!

What kid wouldn’t want a chance to shoot hoops with some of their favorite UC athletes? How about a game of cornhole? Autographs anyone? Or, challenge your friends to “minute to win it” type games of skill.

Younger kids can exchange high-fives with the UC Bearcat Mascot, play fun carnival games and get their face-painted by a UC athlete.

Adults, we did not forget about you.  Our food court is a great place for socializing and you will have fun bidding on fabulous items in the silent auction and raffle.  When we say family fun, we mean it!

Besides all of that, Playdate participants have access to amenities of the beautiful UC Rec Center, including swimming in the lazy river (don’t forget to bring a towel!), rock-climbing and basketball.  

How much for all of this family fun?

Only $20 per person or $60 for a family of 4 . . . what a deal!

And, all the proceeds help Mitch’s Mission send kids with cancer and blood diseases to summer camp.

If you really want to help (and have even more fun), don’t forget to stuff your pockets with some extra cash for the silent auction, raffle and food tickets.  Or, make it easy and pay for all of your tickets ahead of time when you pre-register.

Come play and send a kid with cancer to camp!

Join us at Barnstock

Tickets available at the door.


Camp NJoyItAll

Camp NJoyItAll is a sleep over camp designed to meet the medical needs of children with cancer, sickle cell, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.  All campers are patients of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Since these diseases tend to affect the entire family, each child is permitted to have one sibling attend camp with them.

Camp is held for 2 one-week sessions each summer at Camp Joy in Clarksville, OH, 50 minutes north of Cincinnati. Besides the regular Camp Joy staff, camp is supported 24 hours per day by nurses and doctors from the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute. Even campers undergoing chemo or requiring other medical treatments are permitted to attend.

Through the generous support of Mitch’s Mission, the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, the Tri-State Bleeding Disorder Foundation and other donors, there is no cost to attend summer camp.

Donate

Mitch’s Mission is a non-profit foundation (tax id # 27-1627448) that raises money to pay for children with cancer or blood diseases to attend summer camp.

$550 sends one kid to camp.

You will be directed to Paypal, but you do not need a Paypal account to make your gift.

If you would prefer to make your gift via check, please make checks payable to Mitch’s Mission and mail to: 6744 Wetheridge Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45230

We are grateful for your support!

For Press/Media

Mitch’s Mission is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that raises money to send kids with cancer or blood diseases from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute to summer camp at Camp NJoyItAll.

For more information, contact Dee Stone at 513-520-5409 or mitchsmission1@gmail.com

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Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is ranked as one of the nation’s top three pediatric hospitals.  For more information, see their website at www.cincinnatichildrens.org

 

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About Mitch’s Mission

Mitch’s Mission is a non-profit corporation that raises funds to pay for children with cancer or blood diseases to attend summer camp.  All the children are patients at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute.  The Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute holds the camp for two weeks every year at Camp Joy located north of Cincinnati.  One hundred patients and a sibling get to experience the joys of summer camp, no matter how medically fragile they might be.

Mitch’s Mission grew out of Mitch Stone’s brain cancer diagnosis in February 2009 when he was 11 years old.

After brain surgery and 32 doses of radiation, Mitch was “adopted” by the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Football Team through a foundation that matches pediatric brain cancer patients with athletic teams. As Mitch underwent his chemo treatments and long stays at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a special bond between the team and Mitch was formed. The team was inspired by their “little brother” and ended the season with a 12-0 record and a trip to the Sugar Bowl, and Mitch was cancer free. The relationship between Mitch and the Bearcats continued for many years as they teamed up at Playdate with the Bearcats to raise funds to send kids with cancer to camp.

Mitch went on to attend UC and was a Kolodzik Business Scholar. He was involved in many campus organizations and events, including the UC Dance Marathon, a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. Mitch graduated with honors in May of 2020.

Mitch died in his sleep in January of 2021 as a result of a seizure brought about by the brain surgery he had 12 years earlier. His passing was mourned by many— all remembering him as kind, genuine, resilient and funny. Mitch’s legacy of serving others lives on through his mission to ‘send a kid with cancer to camp’.

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Mitch leading Down the Drive for the UC student section as a college freshman.

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