Betty Elroy Wright Sterquell
1928 - 2013
Early in 2013, Camp Alphie suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of our founder, Betty Sterquell. Betty was a remarkable lady with an amazing vision, working tirelessly to bring Camp Alphie to life. A cancer survivor herself, Betty realized that the West Texas panhandle did not offer any type of camp for children who had battled the dreaded disease. She entered into a partnership with the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and turned her dream of a pediatric cancer camp into a reality.
Betty wanted Camp Alphie to focus on the needs of the entire family and founded the first camp in the nation to extend an invitation to siblings and parents as well as the child with a cancer diagnosis. After five years of planning, Camp Alphie's inaugural session was held in 1988. Over the past 25 years, the camp has continued to grow, touching the lives of hundreds of individuals from all across the country.
Betty was extremely proud of Camp Alphie, and felt blessed to have been a part of the lives of so many wonderful children and their families. Her legacy will live on for years to come.