Kwik Shop stores throughout Kansas have raised nearly $40,000 for Camp Hope, a free summer camp for children with cancer offered by the American Cancer Society.

Camp Hope, offered the third week of June at Camp Aldrich near Claflin, is open to children ages 5 to 17. It is accredited by the American Camp Association.

Campers are able to enjoy activities such as swimming, softball, golf, fishing, hiking, arts and crafts, and campfire singing. Staffed by pediatric oncologists and nurses to attend to the children's needs, these camps provide a place for children in treatment or remission to become kids again through the summer camp experience, a press release said.

In May, 2012 Kwik Shop District Advisor Heather Nicholas raised funds through customer participation in 11 Kwik Shop stores generating more than $13,000 dollars, of which 100 percent was donated to Camp Hope. Nicholas and her team relayed many stories of customer's personal involvement with Camp Hope.

"After hearing so many wonderful customer stories about the camp last year from customers, I just knew I had to do more for the camp. I cannot express how much I appreciate our customer support of Camp Hope, our customers have been amazing," Nicholas said.

This May, the fundraiser was held again at Kwik Shop for Camp Hope and was expanded to all Kwik shop stores in Kansas. In addition to the flyers hung through at the stores, there were also custom Camp Hope bracelets made this year.

As with the previous year, all funds raised through customers and staff will go to Camp Hope. Nicholas and staff volunteered this year at the camp, and did a check presentation at that time. While participating as a volunteer, Nicholas heard about a young man in Boston who was a previous camper who received one of the Camp Hope bracelets which were sold in the stores. The young man who first saw the bracelets on a Facebook post was so excited to receive the bracelet.