State athletes lend a helping hand at Camp Live-A-Dream

by Jenni Carlson Published: June 18, 2009
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Brylea Lind nearly sprinted to the front of the room, her curly hair bouncing all the way.

The cancer survivor just had to see for herself how tall Zac Robinson and Brandon Weeden were.

"Oh, man," she said, standing toe to toe with the Oklahoma State quarterbacks. "You're seriously tall."

The players laughed.

Ditto for everyone else at Camp Live-A-Dream.

This is a summer camp like no other. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, it lasts a week and costs nothing for Oklahoma kids who've had cancer. Some are in remission. Others are between treatments.

All of them want to be able to act like kids.

Robinson, Weeden and several other local athletes helped them do just that Wednesday. There were gymnasts and baseball players from Oklahoma, players and dancers from the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz in addition to the football players from OSU.

"Whenever I heard about this opportunity ... I jumped all over it," Robinson said. "It worked just perfect."

The Cowboys had a day off from their summer workouts. As soon as they finished their summer-school classes, they piled into Weeden's truck and drove to the Central Oklahoma Christian Camp south of Guthrie.

They were greeted with oohs and aahs. That's not hyperbole. The kids actually oohed and aahed when the players entered the mess hall cabin.

Having athletes appear isn't a regular part of the annual camp. Last year, when the theme was "Christmas in July," the campers received gifts every day. But this year, with the theme "Team Spirit," bringing in local athletes fit.

So did watching "The Sandlot" during movie night and going to the RedHawks game on Tuesday night.

The camp for kids from ages 9 to 17 is filled with fun and memories, laughter and smiles.

These kids deserve it because all of them have been through times when there was no fun. Each has a survival story of grueling treatments and painful recoveries, childhoods tainted by cancers of every kind.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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