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Family Ski Weekend – 2020

Skiing - Adaptive skiing – and weather – at Canaan Valley Resort It was all about family.  Special Love’s annual Ski Family Weekend was held over the Martin Luther King Weekend at Canaan Valley Resort near Davis, WV, and provided more than 40 families with 3 days of skiing, snowboarding, tubing, great food and lots of indoor fun. For some of the families, it was a chance to join in the fun by using adaptive skiing equipment* to enjoy a day on the slopes. Everyone  had to adapt to widely varying weather throughout the event, which included rain on [...]

Winter Weekend – 2020

What winter woes? Our winter has been wonderful! Another terrific Winter Weekend is in the books!   Great weather at Bryce Resort in Basye, Virginia provided the perfect place for a wide array of fun winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, tubing, games and roasting marshmallows over the camp fire.   It also gave our teen campers and young adult cancer survivors a chance to rekindle camp friendships. . Our “rustic” lodging was provided by Shrine Mont, a retreat center in Orkney Springs, just two miles from Bryce Resort, allowing us to spend the entire day Saturday on the slopes and [...]

Holiday Party

Dec. 1st 2019 We just wrapped up our annual Holiday Party for current and past patients as well as volunteers. We had 63 families and countless Special Love volunteers participate this year which made for an almost full house at the Franconia Firehall in Franconia, VA. The 3-hour party consisted of arts and crafts, face painting, balloon-making, tours of the firehouse, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus who handed out chocolate Santa’s courtesy of Ray White with the Optimist Club. Also huge thank you to TC Williams and his 35 volunteers for coming out again to help [...]

Parents Getaway Weekend

Nov. 23-24, 2019 Parents’ Getaway hosted 29 couples, 4 couples who have never participated with Special Love before and 8 who have been to another program but never Parents’ Getaway. The historic George Washington Hotel in Winchester, VA. hosted us again this year. We kicked the morning off with a nice breakfast then jumped right into the morning program. This year we invited Matthew Zachary, founder of Stupid Cancer, to speak to the parents on Resiliency. His story was extremely captivating and the parents really enjoyed it. After a small break we broke out into a parent panel discussion [...]

Octoberfest Weekend 2019

Octoberfest Family Weekend is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year! It's the event that kicks off fall for our Special Love families, and this year was no different. We had 27 families join us for a full weekend of autumn activities for the whole family. Friday evening is our first social time, with families arriving at the 4-H Center in Front Royal, VA, arts and crafts, and our opening ceremony at Campfire. Saturday was a jam-packed day of activity! This year we shook things up and trekked to Wayside Farm Fun in Berryville, VA and everyone [...]

Special Love KOA Day 2019

Our annual KOA Day, held at the KOA in Williamsburg, VA, was a huge hit this year! We had a record number of families, 12 families, 58 people total. The amazing people of KOA, who sponsor the day, provided a wonderful lunch for the families and allowed us to take advantage of the activities they bring into the camp site. The morning kicked off with fun crafts, and then everyone headed out for a hiking adventure. After lunch families participated in various family centered activities, took advantage of the heated outdoor pool, the marshmallow bouncers and KOA’s new Frisbee golf [...]

7th Annual Fall in Love 5K!

On probably the only crisp fall morning in all of September in Washington DC we welcomed more than 250 people to Canal Park, part of the Capitol Waterfront, for fun and some walking/running. This was a year of firsts for the 5K; the first year the event was not timed, new location AND the introduction of family fun events. Another highlight, we raised over $30,000 for Special Love’s programs.  To all our longtime participants and newcomers, sponsors and partners, THANK YOU! We were thrilled to welcome NBC4 Meteorologist Chuck Bell, as our 5k emcee and participant. A new friend to [...]

Camp Fantastic 2019 – The Best Week of the Year

Special Love’s hallmark program, Camp Fantastic, is frequently referred to by the campers as “the best week of the year” and this year was no different. We hosted 100 pediatric oncology patients ages 7-17 in mid-August at the Northern VA 4-H Center in Front Royal, Virginia.  Camp Fantastic gives the kids everything that makes a traditional camp so fun, like canoeing, sports, crafts, swimming, and campfires. There were also some new, fun activities such as karate, two escape rooms, and virtual reality gaming. All big hits with kids of every age.   While most of the campers looked (and acted) [...]

BRASS Camp 2019 – it’s BRASSapoolooza!

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the patient is not the only one effected, the entire family is. That is why we started up BRASS Camp, a week-long adventure for siblings who have a sibling currently on treatment or are bereaved.  This year, BRASS hosted 107 campers in late-July at Camp Maria in Leonardtown, MD, where siblings have the adventures of crabbing (the camp site is along Breton Bay), canoeing, sports, crafts and so much more!   Our musical camp theme this year was BRASSapoolooza. In keeping with our them we welcomed the band, Groove Span, and country line [...]

A Fantastic Time with Fantastic Friends

Fantastic Friends Weekend is a unique program in that the patient gets to bring a friend from home or they can choose to come alone. It is incredible to watch these teens (ages 13-17) integrate and bond and how they accept their friends even though they don’t know what the patient is experiencing. Their friends get to go home with a bit more understanding of what the patient goes through. This year we stayed at Camp Horizons at Valley Pike in Harrisonburg, VA. We welcomed 20 patients and 12 friends and spent the day at Massanutten Water Park. The water [...]

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