Finding Hope


FINDING HOPE: 'Survivors Supporting Survivors' takes Treasure Valley Skate

Posted at 9:42 PM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 00:22:25-05


Studies show kids and teens who have a hard time making friends are more likely to chronically withdraw from others -- and stress can make it even worse. That's why one group, Camp Rainbow Gold, is offering fun opportunities for teens who have experienced cancer diagnoses.

On Monday, their "Survivors Supporting Survivors" group convened at Treasure Valley Skate, a roller rink in Boise.

"I can just like de-stress and be myself and be happy," said Alexia Rowley, a 15-year-old cancer survivor.

Rowley said she is now 11 years cancer-free.

"Being a teenager with like social media and school around us, it's so crazy -- there's so much stress to want to be perfect -- and like, I know I've seen that in my life, being picked on, especially when I was little," said Rowley.

When she was little, Rowley says she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

"It was two weeks after my second birthday, and I went through treatment for like two years roughly," said Rowley.  

But with monthly Camp Rainbow Gold "Survivors Supporrting Survivors" gatherings, Rowley says she doesn't have to feel alone in that anymore.

"It's really great to hear other people's stories and to relate with them," said Rowley.

She said she's been involved with the camp since she was six years old.

"We always have just like great attitudes towards each other. We love meeting new girls," said Rowley.

And she says she also sees her role in the group as a cheerleader of sorts.

"I can just be myself, and I can learn to love myself, and I can help others love themselves more," said Rowley.

Because with what these kids have overcome, there's no wipe-out these kids can't handle; especially with friends along for the ride.