Major Don's Army, Inc.



The mission of
Major Don's Army, Inc.501(c)(3)
is to help children with cancer AND their families enjoy a three night/four day vacation at the Table Rock Lake/Branson, MO area.

Major Don's Army, Inc. formerly known as The University of Table Rock Lake Foundation (UTRLF) was approved as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the IRS in September of 2004. Founder "Major Don" Bishop--along with his wife and co-founder, Elise--have made it their passion to help kids get away from the medical enviroment with their families to have some fun here in the Ozarks. Each family chooses the activities they want to do while on vacation at Table Rock Lake, located near Branson 45 miles south of Springfield, MO. Any child whose family lives within a day's drive of the area is eligible for the vacation program.

"Major Don" is a two-time cancer survivor himself, and he knows firsthand how this terrible disease can ravage the body. But he has also learned the therapeutic effects for the mind and body of getting away to enjoy beautiful scenery and having some fun.

Bishop spent 20 years on active duty with the U.S. Army. Shortly after his retirement in 2002, his left leg was amputated as a result of the effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for rectal cancer in 1994. During a routine CT scan in 2004, a cancerous tumor was found on his left kidney, which was subsequently removed.

Even though Bishop might appear to some as disabled (and in many regards he is), he is also determined to make a difference for kids going through similar experiences. He KNOWS one child's illness affects his or her entire family, which is why he has designed the program for entire families.

The founders of Major Don's Army request that you pray for all families whose children are currently waging war on this disease. And pray that some day a cure will be discovered for these diseases that seem to affect more and more children each day.

Those who would like more information regarding our vacation program for children that qualify, please call (417) 739-5350 or email us at



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