It was a sweet day for the Jr./Sr. Smile-A-Mile campers Friday.
Sweet Gaga’s, a family-owned bakery in Alexander City, provided cupcakes and decorations for campers to decorate at Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin.
The camp is for junior and senior high school students who are childhood cancer survivors who can relate to each other, have fun and learn things about applying for scholarships and budgeting.
“(Sweet Gaga’s) closed up their shop early (Friday) and came to hang out with us for the afternoon,” child life specialist Madison McDowell said. “They’re awesome and we’re super excited to have them here with us.”
Children decorated cupcakes to look like unicorns with rainbow frosting and fondant superhero symbols were available.
“They called us and asked us if they would be interested in coming and showing the kids how to do cupcakes,” co-owner Brittni Moran said. “Of course it’s an honor just reading about Smile-A-Mile and what they stand for.”
Smile-A-Mile hosts seven camps April through August every year.
There are 34 campers this year from across the state and the theme was holidays. After celebrating the Fourth of July on Thursday, the group celebrated New Year’s on Friday.
“It’s like a second family because these people know what you’ve been through,” camper Jasmine said.
Camper Lilly, who has attended for 10 years, said her favorite part of the camp is reuniting with friends.
“Next year will be my last year as a camper but hopefully I’ll come back and be a counselor,” Lilly said. “These people understand what you’re going through and they’re understanding and they don’t judge you for what you’re going though or anything, so that’s why I love it here.”
Lilly said she signed up for making cupcakes since she has an interest in baking.
“(The camp) is important because it allows the kids to have opportunities that they don’t do at home but also allows organizations like Sweet Gaga’s opportunities to give back and share with others their talents and abilities that they have,” McDowell said.