Camp For Women Dealing With Cancer

POCONO TOWNSHIP -- School is back in session, but for some in Monroe County, it's still time for summer camp.

Several dozen women gathered at The Inn at Pocono Manor for Camp Bravehearts, which is meant for women dealing with cancer.

There are no campfires or rugged conditions. On the contrary, these campers are pampered with pedicures and peaceful exercise.

"We're here celebrating me and you and you!" exclaimed Jessica Tribbet of Pittston. "After treatment and everything, our bodies as well as our minds really take a toll and we really need that camaraderie between us all to get that renewed spirit."

"These people have been in the boat with you and talk about things in this group because nobody at home understands," said co-founder Karen Haag.

A cancer survivor herself, Haag helped found this camp 16 years ago and has watched it grow over the years with different crafts for the campers.

"It's very emotional," she added. "I'll get emotional talking about it now because these women give us so much love back."

Terri Swatko first came as a camper dealing with stage four breast cancer and ended up as a volunteer.

"It was probably one of the darkest points of my life," said Swatko. "At first, I wasn't too happy for coming, but once I came I just couldn't believe it. It basically changed my life."

Bravehearts Camp only lasts the weekend, but what these women have learned will stay with them for a lifetime.