Camp Good Days cleans up Teddi's Place at Highland Park ahead of Lilac Fest

May 07, 2019 05:51 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A special part of Highland Park was cleaned up Tuesday just in time for the Lilac Festival. 

Camp Good Days' staff members cleaned up Teddi's Place. It's named in memory of Teddi Mervis who was the inspiration for Camp Good Days. 

In 1999, the space was dedicated by then Monroe County Executive Jack Doyle to all children with cancer — past, present, and future.  

Teddi's Place is intended to be a peaceful haven for people to go and pay their respects, meditate quietly, and remember loved ones.  

"A lot of times when people are waiting, rather than be at the hospital, they can come out and just reflect," Gary Mervis, the founder of Camp Good Days said. "Normally it's very quiet and beautiful and you can smell the perfume from the lilacs and it's just a very special place."

Camp Good Days is a place where children affected by cancer can camp for free. 

The Lilac Festival kicks off this Friday, May 10 and runs until Sunday, May 19.


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