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Encore, Thousand Trails provide respite for cancer patients

Encore, Thousand Trails provide respite for cancer patients

CHICAGO, Ill.– Encore and Thousand Trails RV Resorts and Campgrounds hosted their seventh respite stay this fall in conjunction with For Pete’s Sake (FPS), completing a successful first year of the partnership between the organizations.

The alliance began when FPS was seeking a travel partner in the spring of 2016 and since then, cancer patients have been enjoying the vacation RV resorts with their families as part of the respite package FPS offers them. The Encore and Thousand Trails locations that hosted respite stays in 2017 included Circle M, Fiesta Key and Chesapeake Bay.

Since 1999, For Pete’s Sake has enabled cancer patients and their loved ones the opportunity to strengthen, deepen and unify their relationships by creating unforgettable respite vacations. Upon the patients’ return home, FPS continues to provide ancillary support to patients and their families as their battles with cancer persist. Patients are nominated for the respite by a member of his/her oncology team, and more than 7,000 patients have been helped by FPS to date.

“When you look at the work For Pete’s Sake does and the services they provide to patients, teaming up with them was an easy decision for us,” said Pat Zamora, vice president of marketing for Encore and Thousand Trails. “Offering fun, relaxing places for people to enjoy themselves and spend quality time with their families is what we do. And it’s especially rewarding to help families from FPS.”

Encore and Thousand Trails provides outdoor recreation enthusiasts opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in top vacation destinations around the country. Guests can choose from a range of accommodations, including RV sites, yurts, cabins, cottages and even tiny houses. A wide variety of family friendly amenities and activities further ensure a truly unique and unforgettable vacation.

Marci Bossow Schankweiler founded For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation in memory of her husband, Peter R. Bossow, Jr., whose 15-month battle with cancer ended on September 1, 1999. The organization is funded entirely by charitable donations. For more information on FPS, visit

SOURCE: Encore and Thousand Trails press release

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Ronnie Garrett is the editor in chief of RV Daily Report. She's been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and now the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year.

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