Summer Camp in Diagon Alley
The camp has the facilities here to allow them to come to camp, enjoy camp, even with these serious medical conditions they have and now they get to experience Diagon Alley. It’s just amazing for them.” – Jonathan Chambers
Camp Korey broke ground on its new Diagon Alley project in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Built through volunteer work, this particular replica of the famous Harry Potter site will allow children with serious medical conditions to play and explore the fully interactive set of buildings.
Camp Korey spent years in Carnation, Washington, before this move to Mt. Vernon. The camp is named after Korey Rose, a teenager who lost his fight with bone cancer. Korey’s father, Tim Rose, founded the camp in 2005 as a way to honor his son and provide a safe place for other families whose children are fighting serious illnesses like Korey did.
The crew has one more weekend to finish the construction and campers will arrive in late June. Jonathan Chambers, who is helping head up this new Diagon Alley and is the founder of the Diagon Alley Project in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, says he is “excited to give this piece of Harry Potter magic to kids who could really use it.”
The original Diagon Alley Project began as a Halloween project, suggested by one of Chambers’ daughters. Since then, the site has seen thousands of people and multiple marriage proposals. It’s also raised $45,000 for pancreatic cancer research.
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