Roundup River Ranch Receives $25,000 from John Wayne Cancer Foundation |

Roundup River Ranch Receives $25,000 from John Wayne Cancer Foundation

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Roundup River Ranch, an organization that provides camp experiences to children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses completely free of charge, has been awarded a $25,000 gift from John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

The money will be used to sponsor the organization’s annual family program session for children with cancer and their immediate family members. Approximately 75 people whose lives have been affected by pediatric cancer will be welcomed to the camp, located along the Colorado River Road, for three days in September.

“This year marks the first year John Wayne Cancer Foundation has supported our Family Program and we appreciate their partnership. Their gift provides a unique opportunity for children with cancer and their families to enjoy an experience that will impact their lives long after the session ends,” said Ruth B. Johnson, president and CEO of Roundup River Ranch. JWCF has supported Roundup River Ranch since its inception in 2011, and has contributed $350,000 to date.

Ethan Wayne, son of the late John Wayne and director of John Wayne Cancer Foundation said, “I saw first hand how much cancer affects the entire family through my dad’s diagnosis and battle with cancer, and we are honored that we can support a weekend of respite for these families who’ve gone through so much. We hope that all family members who attend the session discover new courage, strength, and grit to fight cancer.”

Roundup River Ranch’s Family Program provides children with cancer and their families an opportunity to form connections with others who’ve shared similar medical experiences as they enjoy traditional camp experiences and make special family memories. Every activity at camp is fully adaptable and the specialized care that the campers need is provided by a team of specialists.

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“Coming to Roundup River Ranch was a special experience for our family as it was one of the few times my daughter wasn’t treated like a cancer patient. With all Jenna’s treatments, it was a challenge for us to have quality family time – that changed at camp, and we felt like we were at home with others who understood what we were going through,” commented Jeff Spille, an attendee at last year’s Family Program session for children with cancer.

The camp session will be held from Sept. 5- 7. The organization is currently recruiting families to attend camp and individuals to serve as volunteers; to learn more visit

In addition to serving children with cancer, Roundup River Ranch will serve more than 700 individuals in the Rocky Mountain region suffering from various chronic and life-threatening illnesses, including congenital heart disease, severe asthma, immunodeficiency, Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, sickle cell disease, and recipients of organ transplants – always free of charge to the camper and his or her family.

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