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Foundation donates another $100,000 to Eagle County’s Roundup River Ranch

If You Go

What: A Grateful Harvest, a benefit for Roundup River Ranch

When: 5-9 p.m., Saturday

Where: Roundup River Ranch

Cost: Tickets are $250 each and $2,500 for a table of 10. Sponsorships start at $2,500.

Information: To learn more about A Grateful Harvest or sponsorship opportunities, go to events@roundupriverranch.org or call 970.748.9983 extension 5. Tickets can be purchased online at https://etouches.com/agratefulharvest2013. . For more information about Roundup River Ranch, visit http://www.RoundupRiverRanch.org. For information about the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, go to JohnWayne.org.

EAGLE COUNTY — More than three dozen kids with cancer are at summer camp this week, thanks to some help from one of Hollywood's giants.

The latest grant from the John Wayne Cancer Foundation awards Roundup River Ranch another $100,000, enough to sponsor 40 children with cancer at camp this week. It's the third year the John Wayne Cancer Foundation has awarded grants to Roundup River Ranch, $325,000 so far.

"When my dad talked about cancer, he said he wanted to help and give hope and that is what the Roundup River Ranch camp experience does," said Ethan Wayne, son of John Wayne and director of John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

Ethan is a regular volunteer at Roundup River Ranch, along with members of his staff.

“When my dad talked about cancer, he said he wanted to help and give hope, and that is what the Roundup River Ranch camp experience does.”
Ethan Wayne,
Son of John Wayne and director of John Wayne Cancer Foundation

Roundup River Ranch is always free for campers and their families. In the 2013 camp season, Roundup River Ranch will serve approximately 540 children suffering from various chronic and life-threatening illnesses, including congenital heart disease, severe asthma, immunodeficiency, Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis, cancer, sickle cell disease and recipients of organ transplants.

The goal is to provide opportunities for campers to challenge themselves in a medically and emotionally supportive environment.

Campers do all the traditional camp stuff: archery, arts and crafts, boating and fishing, a challenge course, horseback riding, nature and discovery.

"Often for the first time, campers are sharing this experience with other children whose lives have been shaped by a similar diagnosis. There's a special connection that happens here," said Ruth B. Johnson, president and CEO of Roundup River Ranch. "The support from the John Wayne Cancer Foundation reinforces the difference a camp experience makes in the life a child with cancer or another serious illness."

Eco Transit and Zone Transportation helped get the kids to camp.

A Grateful Harvest

On Saturday, Roundup River Ranch will host its second annual Grateful Harvest fundraiser, at Trent's Cookhouse, the camp's dining hall.

The signature dinner will highlight Paul Ferzacca, of La Tour; Nick Haley, of Zino Ristorante; Jason Harrison, of Flame Restaurant; Sergio Howland, of the Sebastian; Kelly Liken, of Restaurant Kelly Liken; sommeliers Greg Eynon, of Vin48; Jarrett Quint, of Sonnenalp; and Steven Teaver of The Four Seasons.

"This is a perfect opportunity for the community to enjoy a memorable dining experience as we support the children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses," said Carole Watters, event co-chair.

Roundup River Ranch is a member of Serious Fun Children's Network, founded by Paul Newman. It's located north of Dotsero, along the Colorado River.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.