Thanks to everyone who made a purchase through Boring Goats' "Soap for Hope" promotion -- thanks to you, Special Love is getting a check for $575 to put toward Fantastic Friends Weekend on July 8-10. Plus you get to stink less! Visit http://www.boringgoats.com/pay-it-forward/ for more info and watch for the holiday promotion in late November. Soap makes a sweet-smelling stocking stuffer!
Your year-end gift is a great way to help us kick-off 2015 in Fantastic fashion - and provide more kids and families with a community of support throughout their cancer journey - click here for details. Best wishes for a joyous holiday season! If you're a federal worker or a member of the Armed Forces, you can support Special Love through the Combined Federal Campaign. our number is 49642!
We had a great time kicking off our holiday season at our annual Holiday Party in North Alexandria -- it was full of food, friendship, and fun - not to mention a visit from Jolly Old Saint You-Know-Who. Plus we relieved the best memories of 2015 with Barry Creech's annual highlights video (and Bruce Steakley's photos), made holiday crafts to brighten the season, and handed out our year-end awards. (Watch for a blog with the names of the winners!) Santa didn't bring everything on your list? Check out the new Special Love online store and pick-up a little something! Help us kick-off the New [...]
Ryan pictured center with the tennis class at Camp Fantastic When I was asked to write a blog for Special Love and what the transition was like from Camper to counselor I had to put a lot of thought and time before I could start writing it. Do not get me wrong but being a camper was a blast. When you're a camper you have much more freedom as a person. The year off from the transition from camper to counselor was one of the hardest things because I would be missing out on all the fun at camp fantastic. [...]
The following is excerpted an essay written by our very own Julia Jones (below left) for World Harvest Outreach. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did: For one week every summer I get to go to camp. Camp is my happy place. This camp is called Camp Fantastic. In 1983 Tom and Sheila Baker lost their daughter Julie to childhood cancer, and inspired by their daughter and other children they met who were battling cancer they started Specialove. Tom and Sheila wanted to provide a place for kids to reclaim childhood and for families to get together [...]
On the Monday night of camp for more than ten years now, it’s been a camp tradition to plant a tree on the grounds of the Northern Virginia 4-H Education Center (the sight of Camp Fantastic since its inception in 1983), to remember and honor the hundreds of campers who have been served by Special Love over the past 32 years. […]
Now that the weather is warming up, Special Love is buzzing with activity - literally! "Buzzing for Change" is just one of several Special Events that are coming up in the next couple months. You can join the students at George Washington University's Kogan Plaza to get a haircut or just cheer on those who do! You can also swing a golf club, buy a lucky number, attend Spring Weekend, and a host of other fun activities. Click here for details.
Registration is now open for the 4th annual "Fall in Love 10K/5K Run & Walk," on Oct. 15th at the C & O Towpath (GPS Address: 3500 Water St NW, Washington, DC 20007). Race starts at 10 am and walkers and kids are welcome. Help us raise even more money by joining our team on CrowdRise! For more information, visit http://www.specialove.org/fallinloverunwalk/ Click here to see the 2015 race results! Hope to see you there!
Join us at any of these THREE golf tournaments in June and you'll help send more kids to camp! The Mark Moseley Celebrity Golf Tournament (June 2nd at Raspberry Falls) - a frill-filled celebrity event with NFL Hall of Fame kicker Mark Moseley and other sports dignitaries. A perfect way to schmooze with corporate clients - or just treat yourself to a classy day of golf! The John Mansini Sr. Golf Tournament (June 2nd at Stonehenge Golf & Country Club, Richmond) - hosted by the Richmond Shag Club and featuring a relaxing day of golf with great giveaways and prizes. Grab a [...]
Moms and Dads need more than just an overnight stay to get through their child's cancer experience. Check out our Parent Getaway Weekend page for news and links to other events and support services for parents and caregivers.