Cancer survivor: "It's a life saver!"

Cancer survivor: "It's a life saver!" »Play Video
BOISE, Idaho- The American Cancer Society is cutting funding to youth camps and that includes Camp Rainbow Gold near Sun Valley. The camp helps about 300 children diagnosed with cancer and their families each year.

Camp board chairman Tim Tyree is confident the camp will stay open thanks to volunteers and donors. This is something Morgan Hill is happy about.

"I had medulloblastoma, it's a tumor on your cerebellum on the back of your head," said Morgan Hill.

She was only 15 when she was diagnosed with cancer. At 16, she went to Camp Rainbow Gold for the first time.

"Morgan didn't talk, couldn't swallow, not well, really didn't walk well and so I thought...how is this kid going to go to camp?" said Morgan's mother Margo Hill.

But she did, even in a wheel chair and mid-treatment.

Margo Hill says her daughter's entire outlook on life changed during her one week at camp.

"She came back from camp, still pale and weak and thin, but smiling," said Margo Hill.

"Going through cancer is pretty depressing, you are not really happy when you aren't feeling good but it's like their aim to make you happy," said Morgan Hill.

At camp, Morgan met other teens fighting cancer and even though she was scared at first she ended up not wanting to leave.

"Camp gives them a sense of normalcy that cancer takes away," said Margo Hill.

Now 19, Morgan will return to Camp Rainbow Gold this summer, this time as a volunteer.

"I feel like it's not enough. It's kind of like when you thank someone but thank you isn't enough," said Morgan Hill.