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 [...]
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 [...]
Christopher Barnett, MD, Special Love volunteer ... Last night was the Camp Fantastic talent show. About halfway through, a camper came onto stage to perform “holding breath.” He took a big breath in and held it while we all counted to 30, and the audience went crazy with roaring applause. A few hurried bows and he ran off the stage so the next campers could sing, dance, beat drums, fold origami, or act in a skit. Some acts were simple and some complex, but the audience response was always the same: whistles, hoots, and thunderous applause at the end. We [...]
Scenes from Fantastic Winter Weekend 2015 We're wrapping up our 33rd year of fun and friendship and now is the perfect time to reconnect with camp friends - and make new ones! Our annual Fantastic Winter Weekend for 13-25 year-old cancer survivors (and current patients) is on Jan. 8-10 at the No. VA 4-H Center in Front Royal, VA and will feature a day-long trip to nearby Bryce Resort for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and hanging out by the fireplace. Plus our nights will be filled with games, music, and great conversation back at the 4-H Center. Even [...]
Summer's over but the fun goes on! Octoberfest Family Weekend is coming on Oct. 9-11 and it's open to all families of children ages 17 and under who are within 5 years of cancer treatment. It includes parades, crafts, campfires, and more! Click here for the flyer and plan to join us. Parents can also join us next month for our Parent Getaway Weekend in Winchester, VA, where they'll be pampered and treated to great conversation, great food, and great fellowship. There's also still time to join us for these fun-raisers: Fall in Love 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk (NEW DATE: Saturday, [...]
The "University of Camp Fantastic" was an amazing week - if you missed any of the action, check out the highlights on our Facebook page or by visiting the media links on the Camp Fantastic web page. Thanks to all who made it possible, including the Alexander & Margaret Stewart Trust, The Richmond Shag Club, KOA Care Camps, and WRC's "Camp 4 Kids," plus all the generous clubs and individuals who provided a campership in 2015. The results of your investment are as plain as the smiles on the faces of our 103 campers!