Companion Emails

"As a companion volunteer, Camp Quality New Jersey provided me an opportunity to give back and bring a smile to a child’s face. I often refer to Camp Quality as the hidden jewel of New Jersey when it comes to an organization which provides a free and exciting camping experience for children with cancer. Each day spent at camp was truly rewarding and unforgettable."

Eric Singer, President Monmouth County Detectives Police Benevolent Association, Local No. 256

"When I was eleven when I was diagnosed with leukemia. The doctors gave me chemotherapy and radiation to help, but they made me sick and made my hair fall out. When I went back to school, I remember wishing that I was normal like all the other kids. I realize now that I was . . . Being with the other kids who were in the same boat as me gave me faith and hope that we were all normal. We were kids after all . . . Camp Quality is a course of hope for all our campers. Here they can be themselves, normal kids with extraordinary lives."

Former Camper turned Companion, Jennifer

"I just wanted to thank you for giving myself and the other Stony Brook Med students a chance to attend Camp Quality. I speak for all of us when I say we had an unforgettable week. I myself made many new friends and tons of memories. My camper Mina and I got along great! We had so much fun and talked about many things.... we honestly bonded... she even listed me as "her sister" on Facebook! Sometimes while studying medicine, I only see the heartache that cancer has caused. I used to work at a cancer clinic, and have always been interested in pursuing oncology as my field of medicine. This camp rejuvenated me, and I thank all of you for that. I once again have seen the resilience in children that draws me towards pediatrics. So all in all, I thank you and the rest of Camp Quality for giving me one of the best weeks I have ever had."

Companion, Heather Stahura

"I am still in complete awe at the sincere good-heartedness of you and the staff. I look up to you all and hope to be like you guys some day. I can't even imagine how much work you put into all this, but I can for sure tell you that your effort has created something great. I know that I don't need to tell you this, but the kids were AWESOME. How did such a sweet, funny, kind group of kids end up all together at camp? Again, I am still in awe.
I'm so glad that I can be a part of Camp Quality, and I can't wait until the reunion in November.
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Jackie Abdalla, Companion

"Well, now that I've been able to reflect on camp after taking a few days to let all the memories really soak in, I figured it was time to send a little email your way. I would like to thank you and all of the members of the COC and camp staff who really help make camp a possibility every year. For the third year in a row, I've had an unbelievable experience at camp. It is unlike anything else I've ever experienced. Each year when I attend camp again, I always wonder if it will be quite as good as the year before, and it always exceeds my expectations."

Marcy Reda, Companion

"The worst part about camp ending is that I have to wait another 365 days until the beginning of camp next summer. It is one of my favorite places to be. I've met so many amazing people, had more fun than I thought possible, and had a camper who gave me two amazing summers. I just wanted to thank you for bringing all the wonderful people of camp quality into my life and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful thing.  I will most definitely see you at the reunion, and let the countdown til next summer begin!"

Caroline L'Heureux, Companion

"I would like to thank you for choosing me as a floater companion! I had the most wonderful week of my life there at Camp Quality! You have an amazing program! I met a lot of great people and the children that easily brought a smile to my face! My parents were very proud of what I did and are looking forward to making a donation to the camp! I also cannot wait for the reunion and next year's camp! You got me hooked! Thanks so much for believing in me and getting me forever involved in Camp Quality!"

 Kim Cisek, Companion

"I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to be Ejon's companion at Camp this year.  It was more fun than I could have ever even imagined!  Ejon was such a cute kid and a GREAT camper and I'm sure I'll have these memories for a long - long time!!  You and your staff are running such an excellent camp.  Keep up the good work!"

Ryan Link, Companion

"I have arrived home, and a funny thing just happened. I was talking to my mom about how the experience was and I couldn't quite find the words. Indescribable. What an amazing group of children.  Thank you so much for all of your hard work, year round, for these kids.  All of their smiles and laughter these past few days were well worth it.  I feel blessed to have been able to spend time with them.  Sorry if this sounds cheesy- but it's true. Everyone had a blast and there were lots of great memories to last a lifetime."

Paige Paparone, Companion