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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

What I Can Do

Kristen Kellar-Graney, M.S., Tumor Biologist and Clinical Researcher – and Special Love Pop-Up Camp Guru! A borrowed quote: Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. As a tumor biologist, I cannot take away the fear a parent has learning that their child has cancer. But as a Special Love volunteer, I can lend an ear, a shoulder, or a hand when they need it. And I can bring snacks; I always have snacks. As a tumor biologist, I cannot guarantee that chemotherapy is going to work, or not have side-effects, or make their child terribly [...]

By |June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The “Amazingness” of Camp: An Open Letter from Abby’s Parents

  This July, we received the terrible news that no parent should ever hear: Our nine-year-old daughter Abby had just days to live. Almost two years ago, Abby’s treatment for her type of leukemia included a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. She’s been battling side effects ever since. But recently the complications became so severe that her doctors braced us for the worst. We were devastated. But in the middle of the turmoil, all Abby could think of was Special Love’s Camp Fantastic: It was just four weeks away, she said, and she wanted to go. To Abby, summer means camp. [...]

By |December 20th, 2016|Categories: Camp Fantastic|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |July 26th, 2016|Categories: Counselor, Reunion Weekend, Volunteer|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 [...]

By |January 28th, 2016|Categories: Camp Fantastic, Counselor|0 Comments
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