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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 [...]

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

A Rousing Good Time at Summer Family Day!

Summer Family Fun Day, June 15, 2019 Clearbrook Park Winchester, VA   Summer Family Day 2019 was possible because of incredible sponsors; the 12th Annual Joan Hisaoka “Make a Difference Gala” and The Yuen Foundation.   Summer Family Day, a new and different version of Reunion Family Weekend, was a success! Our first ever one day program was packed with a lot of fun activities, music, treats and family time. There was so much to offer and share with our families! The big day took place at Clearbrook Park in Winchester, VA which offers paddle boats on Trout Lake, playgrounds, [...]

By |June 20th, 2019|Categories: Family Weekends|0 Comments

Life was a Beach at Young Adults Weekend

Thank you to our sponsor the 12th Annual Joan Hisaoka “Make a Difference Gala” 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 [...]

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
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