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My name is Dennis Rivera and I’m a Program Director for BASE Camp Children Cancer Foundation.

We are praying that you guys would help us. BASE Camp would like to create a Nautical Department for Children who are battling Cancer, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, and other rare/orphan hematological diseases which can be such mountains in children’s lives.

BASE Camp serves as the support “base” where patients and their families can turn to for help and support on their journey.

Base Camp support over 1000 kids a year in Florida being treated with cancer.

We want to be in a position to help these kids with social support to help support them in their recovery. We are trying to implement a Nautical Department. In the UK theirs a foundation called Ellen McArthur foundation. But here in the state of Florida and we need your help. I assure you; this will make a world of difference to the well-being of our kids fighting cancer.

I’m not just a Project Director for BASE Camp, I’m also coming to you as a father whose son at the age of six was diagnose with Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer). My son was under doctor’s care at Arnold Palmer in Orlando, Florida for 1 1/2 years. During that time, my wife and I suffered an abnormal amount of financial hardship and a lot of stress issues. Worrying, if our child was going to make it through this terrible ordeal or be another statistic to cancer. How do I explain to a six-year-old, that he has a terrible disease that may take his life? Also having to take care of my other four children at home. 

Words cannot describe the stress of uncertainty. When we were confronted, with my son having his right leg amputated or else the cancer was going to take his life. My wife and I were fortunate. Our son lived. But there are so many that didn’t. I can’t tell you how valuable this organization is to the welfare of these kids being treated. We, tend to go through life thinking, this can’t happen to our family. Believe me, I pray that it doesn’t. But, if it does, I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart, and from my personal experience. It’s nice to have an organization like Base Camp around.

Within the next year Base Camp plans to build a complete Nautical Department for our children under cancer treatment. We plan on supporting all hospitals in the State of Florida. I’m hoping you could help our foundation to get the word out to what we are trying to do here at BASE Camp with the hopes of receiving support.

The benefits of having a Nautical Department are priceless: teaching children about the wonders of our ocean environment and motivating them to learn about their world, is one of the best ways they can learn about themselves and develop their interests, leading to future careers in engineering, biology, chemistry, and hundreds of other fields.


But our main objective is to take our children under cancer treatment out of a hospital environment and bring them out to the ocean or a lake for a day boat ride. Which would provide a day without doctor’s, needles, and away from the surroundings of what has them in the hospital in the first places. It will also provide much needed R&R.


We also want to be in the position to bring families whose child is not going to beat this horrible disease. Out, on a little family vacation for some quality time together. Would you please help support us? Any size donations is highly appreciated.


To research our foundation BASE Camp – Children's Cancer Foundation

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 ****Please note:  donations is for the Nautical Department *************



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