Pop country duo, Leaving Thomas, has a new song out in which all the money raised will be given to help children affected by cancer attend summer camp. The Alberta-based duo teamed up with the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta to create the catchy song. In fact, the backup singers in the song are children who attended the organization’s summer camp – Camp Kindle.

The song’s video is below.

Right now, the team hopes to raise $7500 by January 1st 2019. The song has already raised over $3300 in just a couple of weeks.

Recently, we talked to Christine McIver and Gail Corbett of Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta about their organization, the camp, and the song, “We Got This”.

How did you get Leaving Thomas to write, perform, produce, and donate such a great song?

McIver: They (Leaving Thomas) are a couple of great musicians and their heart was totally in to writing this song with all proceeds going to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation.

Corbett: Bryton Udy of Leaving Thomas is the partner of one of our staff members. Having that connection helped. Originally, we reached out to the group and asked if we could use one of their songs in our fundraising video. Surprisingly, they came back and said they wanted to create a new song for the camp. A song to be learned at the camp, sung at the camp, and to almost be an anthem for the kids. So we naturally said, go for it.

How exciting was it to shoot the We Got This video at the camp?

McIver: We had a wonderful day at camp and brought in some extra children, smaller kids aged 3 to 7 from our day camp Sunrise, to be part of the video.

Corbett: Leaving Thomas were so generous. They brought in their production team for the day we shot the video, including their audio person and videographer. The day was so much fun, and the final video is amazing.

McIver: It was a very big week at camp when that video was produced and a great testament to how many children’s lives we are affecting.

Can people purchase the song?

McIver: The video is part of our fundraiser. People can download the song for free if they make a donation.

Corbett:  The minimum donation is $1.

What is Camp Kindle?

McIver: Camp Kindle is completely owned and operated by the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. The camp is used by children with cancer for the lion’s share of the summer and for many weekends throughout the year. We do rent it out to other health organizations to help children with conditions like diabetes, arthritis, or hemophilia. We also rent it out to school groups as well to do their science, outdoor, or leadership curriculums.

McIver: A typical week at the camp varies but it starts with a great big welcome and a flag raising ceremony. Then the children eat and meet their bunkmates. In the afternoon they might go swimming or play on the climbing tower, the high ropes course, or the low ropes course. There is archery, team building games, and many more activities. They can sleepover in teepees after doing skits around a campfire. It is a fun packed, active day for all. And if they need to, the kids can visit the ReKindle Clinic to do their chemotherapy.

Can you briefly describe what the Kids Cancer Foundation of Alberta does?

Corbett: It would be easier to describe what we do not do (ha ha).

McIver: Yes, that would be easier. We are the little engine that could. We are a service provider, a granting agency, and a fundraising agency dedicated to children affected by cancer. We do provide research funding for children’s cancer but all of our programs are recreational programs  for children affected by cancer. And they can be children with cancer or children who have a family member with cancer. In addition to Camp Kindle, we provide outreach programs, educational support, scholarships, etc.

To learn more about Kids Cancer Foundation of Alberta, visit www.kidscancercare.ab.ca.

To download the song, visit  play4them.com/event/wegotthis. Donations over $20 will be eligible for a tax receipt that will be issued by Kids Cancer Care Foundation.

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