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Mary Kitchens: Camp Rainbow.

When Dan Kitchens was three years old, he was diagnosed with a Wilms' tumor or nephroblastoma, a kidney cancer that primarily affects kids. While Dan's surgical scars have long healed and his hair grown back, his bout with cancer forever changed the Kitchens family--eventually setting them on an ambitious campaign to improve the lives of other Mississippi families.

That turned into an amazing journey to Camp Rain, for which Mary Kitchens is the executive director and that turned into Mississippi's Toughest Kids Foundation. Mississippi's Toughest Kids Foundation is creating a place for children to explore new things, thrill over exciting adventures, and discover the great big wonderful outdoors. It will be a very special camp facility designed exclusively for children and adults who want to have fun but who are often limited because of the life challenges they face everyday such as serious illnesses, disabilities, and special needs.

As executive director Kitchens does a little of everything from fund raising, event planning, writing thank you letters, working with volunteers, office management, working at festivals and other events, speaking to interested groups, and many other things that come up on a day by day basis. Kitchens has a background in education having taught in the public schools in Wesson for one year and Crystal Springs for 12. She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University.

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Title Annotation:NOMINEES
Publication:Mississippi Business Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 24, 2017
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