VASHON ISLAND, Wash. -- For 31 years, children battling cancer have had a place to get away from doctors and treatments.

The tradition will come to an end this summer unless supporters raise $400,000.

The overnight camp, free for about 250 children every year, was supported for its first 30 years by the American Cancer Society.

Last year the society focused spending on saving lives through research, prevention and education.

As a result, the Goodtimes Project was established to raise the money needed to hold camps this summer.

Organizers said raising the money was difficult, but they know it s worthwhile and are optimistic the camps will continue.

We don t have the money. It s not in the bank. Is it forthcoming? I have faith, said Executive Director Carol Mastenbrook.

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