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A Very Special Love Story

Sarah Rostock Who doesn’t love a good love story? From The Notebook to Romeo and Juliet everyone has their favorite! This may sound the cheesiest of cheesy, but my favorite love story is mine! Me and my husband’s love story began with Special Love’s camps for children with cancer. Let’s go back to August of 2004, I was in the thick of maintenance chemotherapy for leukemia and stepping on to a charter bus to go to camp for a week. Not just any camp, I was on my way to Camp Fantastic, a week-long camp for kids with cancer! I [...]

Ski Family Weekend 2019

January 18-22, 2019 Canaan Valley Resort Davis, WV Ski Family Weekend was amazing, even with temps varying by 40 degrees during the 4-day Martin Luther King weekend. It was an amazing getaway for families with a child under 18 who’s on treatment or within 3 years of treatment, as well as bereaved families. It was a non-typical camp at the beautiful Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, WV, where skied, snowboarded, tubed, and ice-skated. A few folks even found time to snowshoe around the trails of the resort. So far, 2019 has been a year for changes here at Special Love, [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Family Weekends, Latest, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fantastic Winter Weekend

January 4-6, 2019           HOW HOW! That’s the best praise we offer at camp and that’s what all had to say about Fantastic Winter Weekend 2019. The weekend is dedicated to current and past cancer patients between the ages of 13-25 and includes a day of adventure at Bryce Resort in Basye, VA with skiing, snowboarding, tubing and hanging out at the lodge for crafts and games. Despite a little rain (and not much snow), we made the most of the conditions and had a great time. This year’s event welcomed 15 teens and 24 young adults, one [...]

By |January 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Camp Created Beautiful Memories

Camp Created Beautiful Memories for the Florin Family The Florin family made camp a priority and created beautiful memories together. Just one month shy of his first birthday, Peter was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer that affects only 4 in every 1,000,000 children. Despite almost constant treatment, his parents recognized the importance of setting aside time to have fun together as a family. Two months after he was first diagnosed, Peter’s father and four older siblings attended Tidewater Family Weekend while he remained at the hospital with his mother for treatment. After three days of [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Parents’ Getaway Weekend 2018

November 17-18, 2018              Parents' Getaway 2018 was a huge success!  Hosted at the Historic George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Virginia, Parents’ Getaway Weekend is dedicated to parents who have a child with cancer or are bereaved and is organized by parents whose children have also participated in Special Love’s camps and fully understand where each family is in the treatment process. This year’s weekend welcomed 66 parents, including both couples and singles, 10 of whom were new to Special Love. Attendees joined us from 9 of our local hospitals in the Virginia, DC, and [...]

By |December 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Special Love Welcomes Director of Development, Kim Jappell

Special Love welcomes Kim Jappell as its newest Director of Development. Jappell is a familiar face around the organization as she grew up in Special Love’s BRASS program for cancer siblings and was a member of its Board of Directors prior to accepting her new position. She will now be responsible for leading all aspects of Special Love’s fundraising efforts. Robin Couch Cardillo, Special Love’s former development director, left early this month having accepted an Executive Director position at another local non-profit. ”I’ve known Kim for many years and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Kim again,” [...]

By |November 19th, 2018|Categories: Blog, News|0 Comments
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