This month, Camp Korey is celebrating its 5th summer of camp and has doubled its capacity! It can now serve more than 3,000 campers and families. For this milestone, Camp Korey is celebrated its first Founder’s Day celebration honoring Woodinville resident Tim Rose, Saturday, June 9. As you’re aware, Camp Korey is a non-profit dedicated to providing free, recreation programs for children with serious and life-altering medical conditions. For many children, attending Camp Korey is the only opportunity they have to interact with other kids who suffer from similar conditions. This life- changing camp experience allows campers to have the opportunity to feel “normal” whether they suffer from craniofacial differences, tumors, cerebral palsy, mitochondrial disease, etc.
Below are Tim’s words on commemorating his son, Korey Rose and celebrating the accomplishments made over the last 5 years at Camp Korey. Tim Rose founded Camp Korey in 2005 with his family to honor his son. Korey was a vivacious teen who lost his battle with bone cancer at age 18.
I knew that after Korey passed away we needed to do something to honor his fun-loving spirit. After seeing a video about Paul Newman and what he was doing with camps for critically ill children, we felt he was doing something impactful and that we could honor Korey by providing a fun, safe oasis for kids with serious and life-altering medical conditions here in the Northwest. For me, Camp Korey represents happiness and fun.
Over the last couple years we’ve received funding from grants, private donors and in kind donations.
This year we received in- kind donations from local contractors that helped us build a new kitchen and expand the capacity of our lodges. We also gained a full-time medical doctor on staff. All of these changes put us closer to our long-term goal of expanding the camp and operating 365 days a year.
Another big win this year is our official accreditation with Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network, previously known as Hole in the Wall Camps. This gives us access to services and funding that are part of Paul Newman’s network of camps. When Paul Newman visited Camp Korey in 2008, he called it the “Taj Mahal of camps.”
A big thanks to everyone who has touched Camp Korey in anyway, be it as a volunteer, a camper, parent, helper, anyone and everyone. It’s about people who have given their time, love and support.
We would not be celebrating our fifth year without you.
We invite everyone to visit us online and schedule a visit to see the services we offer. Go to www.campkorey.org for more information.
Tim Rose, founder of Camp Korey