July 27, 2011 —
It took more than a quarter of a mile of gold ribbon, but the girls of Camp Simcha, an area camp for children and teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, created the longest awareness ribbon for children’s cancer and broke an existing Guinness World Record ™ on July 18.
“It was incredibly empowering for the campers,” said program director Shaindy Lowenthal, as she described the moment when over 360 campers and staff used 1,340 feet of gold ribbon to form the familiar looped shape. Campers chanted, “We beat the record, we can beat cancer!” Head counselor Rivky Schwartz told the group, “You are powerful. You are golden.”
They responded with cheers and tears, hugging one another and hurling their gold caps into the sky. The gold ribbon is the official ribbon of children with cancer worldwide. The moment was witnessed by Nadia Rajsz, town supervisor of Lumberland, and Amber Masso, program director of the American Childhood Cancer Organization. Rajsz said, “To have such uplifted spirits and do something so positive within our town’s borders is truly wonderful.” Each camper received a childhood cancer awareness bear from the American Childhood Cancer Organization and a gold ribbon bracelet as a keepsake of the event. The record breaking gold ribbon was measured by Conrad, Close and Ewald Professional Land Surveyors, P.C. of Port Jervis. Camp Simcha celebrated its 25th year in 2010.