Pie-in-the-Face Fundraiser Held at Lake Bluff Campground for Camp Good Days
Pie-in-the-Face Fundraiser Held at Lake Bluff
Campground for Camp Good Days

Our mission at the Campground Owners of New York (CONY) association is to support the promotion and growth of privately owned campgrounds in New York State. In doing so, we partner with many of the finest campgrounds in the state and those that are enthusiastic about helping others. 

With a like-minded love for the outdoors and camping, over the past four years, we have been working with our campground members to help raise money to support Camp Good Days. We are continuing that effort this year to support and help grow the organization.

About Camp Good Days

Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides those with cancer or who have loved ones with cancer, residential camping programs at their facility on Keuka Lake in Branchport, NY. In addition, Camp Good Days provides year-round recreational and support activities for those affected by cancer as well as sickle cell anemia. The services provided by Camp Good Days are offered free of charge for participants so as to not place any additional financial burden on the individual(s) and their family.

Since 1979 Camp Good Days has been helping both children and adults with cancer or who have been affected by cancer by providing camping programs and other support programs. In addition to these cancer-related programs, Camp Good Days also supports several community-based initiatives to help stop the spread of violence.

This Year Is Even More Important: Cancer Mission 2020

Clinical Trials Cancer Mission 2020 Act
Image courtesy Camp Good Days; (pictured left-right)
Don Bennett of CONY,
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter,
Gary Mervis, Founder of Camp Good Days
and Congressman Tom Reed

This year our work with Camp Good Days is especially important. In April of this year legislation was reintroduced for Clinical Trials Cancer Mission 2020 in an effort to change the way we are fighting cancer for better results and ultimately to beat the disease. This Bill was developed to ensure that results of all cancer-related clinical trials are available so that any researcher can use these results to adjust their clinical trials in the hopes of finding a cure. If passed, this Bill will help to bring together researchers, doctors, politicians and anyone else working to fight cancer to pool resources and work together to find a cure.

Together with Camp Good Days, CONY will be working with member campgrounds to carry petitions and collect signatures to assist in getting this Bill passed in efforts to end cancer by the end of this decade, by 2020. If visiting a campground this summer, look for these petitions and feel free to ask if you’d like more information.

CONY currently has over 200 campground members that collectively bring in over 1 million visitors annually. Our hope is that together we can be a large part of the effort to get petition signatures and help the Cancer Mission 2020 Bill get passed.

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