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Mitch’s Mission:  Raising Money to Send Kids to Camp

Cincinnati– At the age of 11, Mitch Stone was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, but he didn’t let the diagnosis consume him. Instead, he and his family started a foundation called Mitch’s Mission that helps others with similar conditions receive the same treatment and care he received at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and its summer camp for patients of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute.

Through a unique partnership with the University of Cincinnati’s football team and student government association, Mitch’s Mission raises money to send patients from Cincinnati Children’s to summer camp at Camp NJoyItAll on the grounds of Camp Joy, just north of Cincinnati.  The camp allows these patients to experience the freedom and joy of summer camp, no matter how medically fragile they might be.  And since these diseases affect the entire family, each patient gets to bring a sibling.

Mitch was adopted by the UC football team while he was undergoing cancer treatment through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a national foundation that matches children with pediatric brain tumors with college sports teams. Mitch was able to leverage that relationship into a fundraising event for Cincinnati Children’s.

In February of 2011, Mitch’s Mission held its first event, Playdate with the Bearcats. The event is a family-friendly carnival-like event featuring student athletes and the UC mascot. UC’s student government association underwrites the costs associated with holding the event, so all money raised is contributed to the nonprofit fund.  Mitch’s Mission will hold its seventh Playdate with the Bearcats on February 11, 2018 at the UC Rec Center from 2 to 5pm.

“I attended Camp NJoyItALL for five years and it was truly the highlight of my summer,” said Mitch. “To be able to give the same experience to other cancer patients is extremely rewarding. So far we have raised enough to send 180 kids to camp.”

Mitch, now a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati majoring in business, keeps in touch with the UC Football team and continues to attend all home games to cheer on his beloved team.

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