History of The Goodtimes Project
For 30 years, Camp Goodtimes was funded and operated by the American Cancer Society (ACS). In March 2013, the ACS announced a national shift in spending whereby funding for programs not directly associated with research, including oncology camps, would be eliminated by year-end. Upon hearing the news, friends and volunteers of camp formed The Goodtimes Project to generate funds and operate camp for the 2014 season and beyond. We are excited to strike out as an independent, grass-roots non-profit organization that maintains the standard of excellence that Camp Goodtimes has upheld for the past three decades.
We are grateful to the American Cancer Society for 30 years of funding and camp excellence. We wouldn't be here without you. Thank you to the great ACS staff and donors who have supported us!
Camp Goodtimes Programming
Camp Goodtimes's programming includes a no-cost pediatric oncology camp for patients, survivors and siblings affected by cancer. We welcome campers from western Washington and Alaska, ages 7-17, for two separate weeks of residential overnight summer camps and a weeklong kayak trip for young adult survivors. Each year we serve around 225 children and 15 young adults. A dedicated staff of 200 volunteers and two employees support all three programs.
The Goodtimes Project exists to offer Western Washington and Alaska families affected by childhood cancer a cost-free week of summer camp which:
- Affirms the joys of childhood often missed by those in treatment
- Fosters friendships between children and families who share common experiences
- Instills confidence through a variety of programs and activities
- Cares for their social safety as well as their medical safety
- Strives to send the children back into the world as more independent, caring, and capable youth
- Offers parents peace of mind as they entrust their children to camp, and take a well-deserved break
Our future vision expands our outreach into an organization that serves all aspects of the community affected by childhood cancer, such as:
- Patient, sibling, teen and family events and retreats
- Organized services and visits to pediatric oncology wards at Western Washington and Alaska hospitals.
- Year-round activities to sustain community, provide support, and give patients, survivors, and siblings opportunities to laugh, play, sing and dance, make friends, meet mentors, and take back some of the "normalcy" that childhood cancer steals away.
Board of Directors
Brick "Bacon" Spangler
Bio- Environmental Program Manager at the Port of Seattle, Seaport division. On staff at Camp Goodtimes since 2006.
Cory "Puck" Hoeppner, ARNP
Kyle "Wasabi" Krum
Jonathan "The Finance Guy" Werner
|Oncology Nurse and Nurse Practitioner since 1988. Currently on staff in the Oncology Clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Has participated in Oncology camps since 1991, medical staff at Camp Goodtimes since 2001.|
Senior Program Manager at Microsoft in Advanced Strategies and Research. On staff at Camp Goodtimes since 2005.
Director, AWS Finance for Apps, Games, and Services
at Amazon.com. Parent of Micheala, camper and leukemia survivor.
Sarah "Swannie" Swanberg
Erin "Weezer" Wilson
Alia "Wings" Ahmed
|Works in Corporate Communications for Premera Blue Cross. On staff with Camp Goodtimes since 2013. |
Masters degree in counseling psychology. Works at high tech startup Zipwhip. On staff with Camp Goodtimes since 2002.
Attorney and partner at the Bellevue Office for Wong Fleming. Alia received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in English and Political Science and her Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law. Alia began volunteering at Camp Goodtimes in 2001.
Dr. Kara "Carrot" Menzer, ND
Doug "Sup" Kieper
Laura "Fire" St. Germain
Naturopathic Doctor, graduate from Bastyr University. Survivor of bone cancer as a teenager. UC Davis alumni - Go Aggies! Participant in pediatric oncology camps, as a camper-turned-volunteer, since 2000. On Camp Goodtimes staff since 2012.
Grant writer at the Swedish Center for Research and Innovation with more than 15 years of experience in oncology research. A Vashon Island resident, living only a few miles from camp, and a newbie in the crew, but excited to bring energy and idea
Practice Plan Administrator for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Has worked and volunteered in oncology administration, fundraising and nonprofit management since 2002. Masters degree in health administration from the University of Washington. Honored to serve the Camp Goodtimes community.
Tanya "Cooper" Krohn
|Camp Director for The Goodtimes Project. Cooper has been on volunteer staff with Camp Goodtimes for six years, most recently as the Program Director for both June and July camps in 2014. She brings years of project management experience from the technology world and we are thrilled she could step in this year.|
|Development Director for The Goodtimes Project. Tina is primarily responsible for growing and managing our fundraising events and expanding the overall fundraising efforts of the organization. With over seven years of experience in fund development for non-profit organizations, she also brings a diverse knowledge of event management, logistics, travel and personal fundraising efforts to this role. She has a passion for the outdoors and volunteering for organizations that work to better our communities|