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Life was a Beach at Young Adults Weekend

YAC Weekend 2019 gave an intimate group of nearly two dozen young adult survivors and volunteers a two and a half days of relaxation, resource-sharing, and camaraderie at Airfield 4-H Center in Wakefield, VA. We led off the experience with some informal get-to-know-you activities and conversation well into the night. The highlight of the weekend was a day-trip to Virginia Beach on Saturday, where the group braved the chilly Atlantic waves, lounged in the sun and sand, and enjoyed a delicious taco bar courtesy of the Weeks Family. We made an impromptu stop for ice cream on the way [...]

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

What It Means to Me

Recently, we had a chance to speak with Jenny Hahn, President of FD Associates, one of our most generous corporate partners about how they have been impacted by Special Love.  Why donate to Special Love? I suspect that most corporate giving comes from a connection to a specific cause. For our small family owned company, our connection to Special Love was because of my son, Ian, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1997. We were introduced to Special Love through Becca’s Run and the Lilly family, and started actively raising funds for Becca’s Run in the years preceding [...]

By |May 13th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Terrific Tidewater 2019

Tidewater 2019 was Terrific From the record-setting crowd to the warm, windy fun, this year’s Tidewater Family Weekend was memorable in every way. We stayed at the Southeast 4-H Conference Center in Wakefield, VA, with beautiful lakeside views as far as the eye could see. Families checked in on Friday night and soon enjoyed get-acquainted activities courtesy of State 4-H Director Jeremy Johnson, who led introductory games using webbing from the challenge course. Soon afterward, our weary travelers nodded off to the sound of the spring peepers surrounding Airfield Pond. Saturday morning started bright and early with a breakfast [...]

By |April 11th, 2019|Categories: Family Weekends, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRASS Weekend 2019 – How Great Thou Art!

BRASS Weekend 2019, held March 8-10 at the Outdoor Learning Center at Horizons – Valley Pike in Harrisonburg, included an afternoon painting project that elicited some amazing artwork (scroll down for photos). Siblings had the chance to express themselves and enjoy the spotlight for a change, something that doesn’t always happen in their experience. BRASS Weekend, which hosted 110 people, also featured traditional camp activities like sports (lots of them), crafts and woodworking, and games. We also included a karaoke contest, a dance, and other music-themed fun in anticipation of BRASS Camp in late July (see below). This year’s edition [...]

By |March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Family Weekends, Latest, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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
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