GW lacrosse junior Rachel Quinn is the GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for September and the first award recipient of the 2013-14 academic year.
Quinn has been heavily involved in Camp Kesem GW, a student-run camp in Maryland for children of past and present cancer patients from the greater Washington, D.C., area.
Approximately 60 children ranging from ages 6-16 attended the free overnight camp where they participate in activities such as sports and games, arts, crafts and drama to give the opportunity for a fun-filled week. Additionally, the camp also serves as a source of emotional support where children can share their personal stories and relate with one another during an "empowerment ceremony."
A biomedical engineering major, Quinn plans to attend medical school with a focus on pediatrics upon graduation and she found serving as a counselor at the one-week summer camp was befitting of her career interests.
"When I came to GW I wanted to get involved with community service and this was the perfect organization to tie myself to. It has impacted me in many ways and has helped me branch out and meet so many new people," said Quinn. "The week at Camp Kesem is a great chance to give kids a time to escape from their lives at home and to cope with their parents' illnesses in other ways. They are so happy and full of energy despite having handled extremely tough situations at such young ages. I truly admire their resilience and their experiences remind me how grateful and appreciative I am for my family and friends."
Throughout the school year, the counselors hold camper reunions at the Smithsonian, fund raise together and participate in team building exercises.
"Rachel's volunteerism exhibits the essence of GW Athletics' commitment to Raise High our community," said Life Skills Coordinator Ted Costigan.
To learn more about Camp Kesem GW visit campkesem.org/gw.