How did Camp Dotty Gets its Name? And Who was Dotty? [This is a NEW Q and A to add.]
The answer begins in 1997 when Dorothy Goldsmith Jansma, Ph.D. -or" Dotty" as she was called by friends and family --died very suddenly at age 50. A beautiful, kind and talented young woman, she was born and
raised in Providence, RI and always called RI home no matter where she lived. At the time of her death, she
lived in Columbus, OH and she was Director of the Central Ohio Special Education Resource Center. Her
loving family decided to channel their deep grief at her loss by establishing a living memorial. A call to Barbara Ducharme, Director of The Tomorrow Fund, explaining the family's wish resulted in a meeting. Department
heads from the pediatric oncology unit were invited to present their "wish list". In little time, the request to be able to establish a summer day camp for 3-7 year old cancer patients won the unanimous excitement of Dotty Goldsmith's family and they offered to establish a fund to initiate this much needed camp. The family was
thrilled to later know that the camp would be named Camp Dotty. Learning that Dotty's favorite animal was the gentle giraffe, in short time, a whimsical giraffe figure became the camp logo. That was the wonderful story of the beginning of Camp Dotty in 1998. Today, some of those early cancer patient campers, are now grown and in remission and volunteering as counselors at Camp Dotty. Dotty's loving spirit infuses every day that these
brave, beautiful children benefit from this camp experience.