FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Camp Bluebird began Friday and will continue over the weekend.
It is a camp for cancer patients and survivors from the surrounding area held at Paul B. Johnson State park each year.
Now in its 27th year, the camp includes recreational activities, social events and educational opportunities.
The camp's purpose is to promote a sense of well-being among participants by teaching them how to live with cancer and its treatments. Plus it is a time for rest and relaxation.
"We are not patients this weekend," said Angela Graves, camp volunteer. "We depend on each other, we do arts and crafts. They come here to learn about their cancer, learn what there is after cancer. Just to get away to be happy and we act crazy and we help them to remember that they are not sick this weekend."
Forrest General, in partnership with the Telephone Pioneers, first sponsored Camp Bluebird in 1989 as a getaway for cancer patients.