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Life After Cancer

Chris Thomas, Camp Fantastic alum and Special Love volunteer... Earlier this month Special Love held its Reunion Weekend which has always been one of my favorite events. I’ve been part of the Special Love family for something like 27 years now and in that time I’ve seen a lot of folks pass through our organization. It’s good to see old friends, tell old stories, and re-live some of those sun-soaked summers from so long ago. As much as I love Reunion Weekend for my own selfish reasons, my favorite part of it is the flood of survivors who trickle into camp [...]

Life After Cancer

Earlier this month Special Love held its Reunion Weekend which has always been one of my favorite events.  I’ve been part of the Special Love family for something like 27 years now and in that time I’ve seen a lot of folks pass through our organization.  It’s good to see old friends, tell old stories, and re-live some of those sun-soaked summers from so long ago. […]

2016-06-29T22:39:54+00:00 Blog, Camps, Featured, FrontPage|0 Comments

Camp Fantastic Golf Tournament Update

We are still planning to hold the Camp Fantastic Golf Tournament at Rock Harbor today (June 3rd) in spite of the rainy forecast, but check here for updates if the weather takes a turn for the worse.  Call us at 888-930-2707 if you have questions or need to leave an update of you own!

2016-06-02T23:17:57+00:00 Blog|0 Comments

Thanks to Milliard Brands for the New Beds!

      A Fantastic thank you to Milliard Brands in Lakewood, NJ, for donating 5 new Folding Beds for this year's edition of Camp Fantastic in August!  We use the beds in our infirmary and in the nap room to make sure that even kids in the midst of cancer treatment can still participate in camp.  Camp Fantastic is unsurpassed in our ability to accommodate campers in all stages of treatment - and the new folding beds will help!

2016-05-19T10:55:16+00:00 Blog|0 Comments

Take a Swing at Cancer in June

Duffers unite!  We’ll be the beneficiary of not one but THREE golf outings in early June, at locations all over Virginia:   The Camp Fantastic Golf Tournament will tee off on Friday, June 3rd, at Rock Harbor in Winchester with TWO tee-times – 8:00 am and 1:30 pm – and breathtaking views (including the heart-shaped green at left).  Check out this year’s tournament Flyer and plan to join us! Discount overnight accommodations available in Winchester – email us or call 888-930-2707 for details.   The Mark Moseley Celebrity Golf Tournament is schedule for Monday, June 6thth, at Raspberry Falls in Leesburg, VA, with a great course and LOTS of extras, including celebrity [...]

2016-04-21T10:08:22+00:00 Blog|0 Comments

Update on “Casino Royale” on April 15th

  As if our annual gala wasn't exciting enough, we've added two more exciting opportunities that will be waiting when guests arrive:   1. A "wine pull" (below right) where guests buy a numbered cork for $20 and win the bottle of wine that corresponds with that cork. Guests are sure to get their money's worth and some will get a lot more than that!   2. A "money machine" (below left) where guests can buy a chance to step inside a whirling tornado of cold, hard cash and grab as much as they can before time's up. We can't wait to [...]

2016-04-01T18:21:48+00:00 Blog, News|0 Comments

There’s Lots in Store!

If you haven't checked out Special Love's online store yet, click here to do it now!  There are lots of choices for all ages so you can wear your camp colors proudly.  Orders are fulfilled directly by Signet Screenprinting & Embroidery and shipped right to your door.  Great gift ideas on every page!    

2016-03-08T15:05:12+00:00 Latest, News|0 Comments

Listen to the Music in My Heart

Julia Jones, Special Love counselor and former camper (Wilm’s tumor) ... For one week every summer, I get to go to camp. Camp is my happy place. This camp is called Camp Fantastic…. In 1998, I was a camper at Camp Fantastic, and Special Love has been a part of my life ever since. For the past six years, I’ve been a counselor at camp. I wish I could tell you the story of every child I met at camp. I wish I could share all of the ways they impacted me and touched my heart. Every year when I [...]

In Joyful Defiance of Their Cancer

Christopher Barnett, MD, Special Love volunteer ...  Last night was the Camp Fantastic talent show. About halfway through, a camper came onto stage to perform “holding breath.” He took a big breath in and held it while we all counted to 30, and the audience went crazy with roaring applause. A few hurried bows and he ran off the stage so the next campers could sing, dance, beat drums, fold origami, or act in a skit. Some acts were simple and some complex, but the audience response was always the same: whistles, hoots, and thunderous applause at the end. We [...]

Teens & Young Adults – Make Your Winter FANTASTIC!

Scenes from Fantastic Winter Weekend 2015   We're wrapping up our 33rd year of fun and friendship and now is the perfect time to reconnect with camp friends - and make new ones!  Our annual Fantastic Winter Weekend for 13-25 year-old cancer survivors (and current patients) is on Jan. 8-10 at the No. VA 4-H Center in Front Royal, VA and will feature a day-long trip to nearby Bryce Resort for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and hanging out by the fireplace.  Plus our nights will be filled with games, music, and great conversation back at the 4-H Center.   Even [...]

2015-12-15T16:19:05+00:00 Blog, Featured|0 Comments
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