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Local Businesses Continue to Aid in Camp Good Days Cleanup

Despite being devastated by flooding in last month’s severe storm that caused damage around Yates County, Branchport, N.Y.’s Camp Good Days is continuing to see an outpouring of support from the surrounding Western New York and Finger Lakes region communities.
Just a week after severe thunderstorms rolled across the area, local companies and businesses offered their help to Camp Good Days, a free, week-long summer camp for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, according to a 13 WHAM News article.

The thunderstorms of mid-May caused about $350,000 in damage to Camp Good Days, according to Buffalo’s WIVB News 4. Several buildings were flooded and the camp’s infrastructure was ruined during the storm.

One company that offered its support was Comprehensive Mold Management, 13 WHAM News reported. Comprehensive Mold Management specializes in the removal of mold, which had begun to grow in the buildings because of the water damage that took place.

According to This Old House, about 60% of homes in the U.S. have wet basements; 38% of these homes are at risk of mold growth as a result. Mold and mildew can be extremely hazardous to the health of both humans and animals, especially those with respiratory diseases like asthma.

Paul Wagner, president of Comprehensive Mold Management, cited his concerns for the health of the children who attend Camp Good Days as a reason for sending his workers to aid in cleanup.

“We knew they were going to need a lot of help,” Wagner told 13 WHAM News. “My big concern was the kids coming back down here with compromised immune systems were going to be an issue, because we don’t want them getting sick because they already have compromised immune systems.”

Hundreds of volunteers continue to help the camp clean-up effort.

Camp Good Days will need to be rebuilt by the time it was scheduled to reopen for 200 children and their families on June 28, according to WIVB News 4. Staff training will start on June 23. With the camp’s limited budget and the amount of damage still present, it remains to be seen if the rebuilding effort will be successful.