Beverly Circone, Founder and Executive Director, is the first person people call when they have good news, and also the first person they call when they have bad news, say those who benefit from Kids ’n Kamp, the organization that she founded in 1982 to support the families of children with cancer.
Nick Circone, Co-founder and Kids ‘n Kamp trustee, is today extremely active in all aspects of Kids ‘n Kamp, Nick calls himself "the head grunt." In reality, he is in charge of all the "Dad" Programs the organization offers, including Dads’ Night Out.
Kellie Cotter is the Executive Assistant of Kids ‘n Kamp and a cancer Nana. She joined the staff in September 2012 after raising 4 daughters (Erynn, Meghan, Cristin and Caitlin) as a stay-at-home mom and owning a small business.
Kellie’s first grandson, Payton, was born in 2004 and diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at 2 days old. Payton had 2 surgeries and 4 rounds of chemo before he was 6 months and is now a cancer survivor, athlete and big brother. Being a cancer patient grandparent (Nana), Kellie learned to deal with the realities of childhood cancer and supported Erynn (Payton’s mommy) while continuing to raise her 3 other daughters that were still in school. She greatly appreciates the heart that Kids ‘n Kamp has for the siblings and grandparents.
“Cancer affects not only the patient but everyone in the family, especially those closest to the one with the disease,” she says. Kellie feels so very blessed to have found a place to “work” that gives her a deeper sense of purpose and ability to give back to families such as her own.
Carroll Hinton joined us in February of 2014 as a part-time staff. She was previously a ‘professional’ volunteer for Kids ‘n Kamp after retiring from her 30 year career with the State of Ohio.
Carroll is also one of our cancer moms. Her son Andrew was diagnosed at the age of 2 1⁄2 years with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He was treated for 3 years with chemotherapy and some radiation and Andrew is now 22 years old.
“Kids ‘n Kamp was a blessing to Andrew and me 18 years ago and I’m grateful for having the opportunity to work for this awesome organization and for the wonderful families.”