Canton native Danny Cavett has spent the past decade establishing a highly-acclaimed set of camps for children with medical issues.
Several Cavett Foundation campers had a chance to visit and get photographed with Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Baker Mayfield a couple of years ago.
The Foundation Ski Camp is the first event held each year in Colorado with 20 courageous cancer patients. It was established in 1980.
More and 200 children with medical issues enjoyed last year’s Camp Cavett held during July at Lake Texoma. It is the longest-running Foundation camp to date.
The Cavett Foundation “Heart Camp” for children age 14-18 with heart conditions was established in 2011 and held each June in New Mexico.
Cavett Camps – Where illness doesn’t define the child
With the proven slogan “Where illness does not define the child”, children who face medical struggles have a place where they can feel like they belong, thanks to the work of Canton native Danny Cavett.
Cavett Kids Foundation is an organization created by Cavett that hosts camps for children with a variety of medical ailments. A labor of love, Cavett saw the need for a place where children could go, have fun and learn that medical problems do not have to define them.
The Foundation was born from Cavett’s dream to help children facing debilitating and life-threatening illnesses. The Director of Pastoral Care at OU Medical Center, he built the organization over a period of many years.
With his Master’s degree in Sociology, with a thesis on families with chronically ill children, Cavett originally wanted to be a chaplain in the military. After receiving his undergraduate from Midwest Christian College, he got married and decided that being a chaplain in the military might not be right for him after all. Instead, he entered into Youth Ministry, which then led to full-time Head Ministry.
Cavett did that for 10 years in a couple of different churches before receiving a call from Children’s Hospital to be a chaplain there. He reported that after praying about it, he accepted the opportunity and began that in January of 1977.
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