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Gonzaga Men's Basketball Visits Camp Good Times

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Eric McClellan and other Gonzaga players visited Camp Reed to spend time with fans at Camp Good Times. Eric McClellan and other Gonzaga players visited Camp Reed to spend time with fans at Camp Good Times.
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by Caitlin Rearden, KHQ Reporter

It's the 100 year anniversary of Camp Reed, which hosts a week long camp called "Camp Good Times." 
 
Camp Good Times is a special place for kids who have been affected by cancer, and on Tuesday they got some very special guests. 
 

The Gonzaga Men's Basketball Team made their annual journey to the camp, like they've been doing since the late 1980s. 
 
"It's a really fun place, there's a lot of cool activities to do and a lot of fun to be had," says Kyle Dranginis, GU Men's guard. 
 
But Camp Good Times is about something much more.  "It's an opportunity [for the kids] to normalize their lives," says Steve Tammaro, President and CEO of the YMCA of the Inland Northwest. "Many of them have been in treatment.  They've been in hospitals, they've been back and forth to doctors.  This is a chance to just be a kid for a week and forget about what's been going on in their life with respect to cancer." 
 
That's exactly what Jesus Granados is doing after going into remission from leukemia.  "I thought I wasn't going to make it," says Granados.  "It made me throw up, get dizzy, have headaches, a lot of pain but at the end, I went through it." 
 
Another camper, 10-year-old Journey Hooley, is still fighting.  "There's days when I'm really up and excited and some days when I'm down and I don't feel like getting out of bed." 
 
For the Gonzaga Men's Basketball Team, it's something they look forward to every year. 
 
"Hopefully we can take the bad things off their minds and just try and help them enjoy their time out here," says Dranginis. 
 
GU point guard Josh Perkins, says it's his second year coming to Camp Good Times.  "The kids, I love them.  They put a smile on my face and we put a smile on their faces."
 
Camp Good Times is still around because of the generosity of the community.  After the American Cancer Society got out to of the business of camps to focus on research, it was up to the community to step up. 
 
"The Y goes out and raises money whether it be from a community cancer fund or private donors," says Tammaro.  "We're in the business of serving the community and collaborating where we're needed and this was such a pressing need." 

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