About two years ago, as his teenage son was fighting bone cancer, Tim Rose saw a video about a chain of summer camps for seriously ill kids...
About two years ago, as his teenage son was fighting bone cancer, Tim Rose saw a video about a chain of summer camps for seriously ill kids.
He was inspired to bring a similar camp to the Northwest, to give a break to parents and a chance for their children, many terminally ill, to “raise a little hell.”
The video “hit very close to home for me,” said Rose, whose son, Korey, died last year after he and his family had spent the better part of two years at Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Seattle.
Rose committed himself to opening a Northwest branch of the Hole in the Wall Camps, the international chain featured on the video and founded by actor Paul Newman.
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Rose and Quadrant Homes yesterday announced a tentative deal that would allow the camp to be built on a 122-acre site just outside Redmond, though it’s unclear if the deal will happen.
The branch camp will be called Camp Korey.
The camp would buy the land, which is next to the site of Redmond Ridge East, the proposed 800-home second phase of the Redmond Ridge urban village. Rose said he plans to open a camp in 2007 that would host as many as 1,200 kids each summer and would be equipped with a full medical facility, cabins, pool, lake, gym and rope course.
Hearing on appeal
The Metropolitan King County Council will hear an appeal supporting the proposed Redmond Ridge East development at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the King County Courthouse, Room 1001, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.
But a hearing examiner ruled in June that Redmond Ridge East would dump too much traffic onto busy roads and can’t be built. Quadrant, the developer of Redmond Ridge, appealed the decision to the Metropolitan King County Council, which will hear the case Monday.
Without Redmond Ridge East, the camp would be isolated from major roads, making it difficult for it to be built, said Rose and Quadrant officials.
“It would put us back on the street trying to find a great piece of property,” Rose said.
But Rose is committed to finding a site somewhere in the Northwest, preferably in the Seattle area, close to his Auburn home, as well as Children’s Hospital and other medical centers.
Rose, a senior vice president at Costco, says it would cost as much as $20 million to build the camp and $2 million each year to run it. With a potential property in sight, he’s hoping to start fundraising in the next month.
Newman’s Hole in the Wall group was founded in the late 1980s and has five camps in the U.S., as well as camps in Ireland, France and England. The closest camp is in Southern California. The camps have hosted about 100,000 children with HIV, cancer, sickle-cell anemia, spina bifida and other serious diseases.
Ashley Bach: 206-464-2567 or firstname.lastname@example.org