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Resources and Camps for Cancer Survivors

Organizations and websites for cancer survivors

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  • The HOPE Survivorship Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado: Support, follow-up healthcare and healthy lifestyle recommendations for childhood cancer survivors of all ages.
  • CureSearch: Educational and support resources from the National Childhood Cancer Foundation
  • Children’s Oncology Group: The world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric cancer research; includes long-term follow-up guidelines.
  • American Childhood Cancer Organization: Includes discussion of late effects and lists available, comprehensive follow up programs.  
  • American Cancer Society: Information on cancer prevention and nutrition, along with a chat room, provided by the American Cancer Society.
  • National Coalition of Survivorship: Advocacy information for cancer survivors.
  • National Cancer Institute: General cancer prevention information, screening, testing and causes.
  • fertileHOPE: Addresses fertility issues in cancer survivors.
  • Teens Living with Cancer: Facts on cancer, dealing with life, body and school issues, staying healthy, and blog with other teens dealing with cancer.
  • I’m Too Young for This - Cancer Foundation: "i[2]y" exists to ensure that every young adult affected by cancer is given access to the best age-appropriate support at every stage of their survivorship. Includes free resources such as online and offline social networking events, adventure retreats, chat rooms, forums and blogs, camping excursions, fertility advocacy, peer counseling, scholarships, financial aid, happy hours and more.
  • Planet Cancer: An online community of young adult cancer survivors who share their own experiences with others who are facing similar situations.
  • Vital Options International: Dedicated to supporting young adults with cancer. The Group Room is a weekly radio talk show all about cancer.
  • The Sam Fund: Financial assistance for young adult survivors of Childhood Cancer.
  • St. Baldrick's Foundation: An advocacy action network that provides information, training and resources to help contact members of Congress to raise awareness of childhood cancer.
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS): The world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
  • Stupid Cancer: Empowers young adults affected by cancer through innovative programs and services.
  • Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation: In-hospital psychosocial support programs for teens with cancer such as donation of games, movies, TVs, music, computers and more.
  • Imerman Angels: A "one-on-one cancer support service" that connects a person fighting cancer with a survivor who has beaten the same type of cancer.

Scholarship resources for childhood cancer survivors

The following cancer survivor scholarship funds have no restrictions as to residency of applicant:

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
10440 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite G1
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 410-964-0202 ext. 106

Patient Advocate Foundation
753 Thimble Shoals Blvd, Suite B
Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: 800-532-5274

Pacific West Cancer Fund
320 Andover Park East, Suite 275
Seattle, WA 98188
Phone: 206-575-8553
Contact the financial aid office of any college or university for information about this scholarship.

Jay’s World c/o Napolitano
5 Knoll Lane
Glen Head, New York 11545
Phone: 516-671-7410

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation

P.O. Box 14521
Silver Spring, MD 20911
Phone: 717-215-0943

Cancer Survivors’ Fund
P.O. Box 792
Missouri City, TX 77459
Phone: 281-437-7142

The Samfund: support for young adult cancer survivors
89 South Street, Suite LL02
Boston, MA 02111

Pediatric Oncology Resource Center
This website includes information on survivorship and late effects, including extensive scholarship information and how to apply.

Support groups and camps

Teen and Young Adult Group at Children’s Hospital Colorado
The Teen and Young Adult (TAYA) group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Children's Hospital Colorado. For more information, please call Cody at 720-777-5013.

Children’s Hospital Colorado Sibling Day Camp
Phone: 720-777-5617 or 720-777-5013
Address: Children’s Hospital Colorado, 13123 E 16th Ave., Aurora CO 80045
About: A camp program at Children’s Colorado for siblings of patients on treatment in Center.
Age range: 8-14
Cost: FREE

Camp Wapiyapi
Phone: 303-534-0883
Address: 4200 E. 9th Ave., Box B147, Denver, CO 80262
About: Provides a respite for children with cancer and their families through an annual week-long camp program that offers a safe and nurturing environment.
Age range: 6-18
Cost: FREE

First Descents
Phone: 970-328-1806
Address: PO Box 2193, Vail, CO 81638
About: Using kayaking, extreme sports and professional athletes, First Descents offers young adults with cancer outdoor experiences that will forever change their lives.
Age range: 18-39
Cost: FREE

Hope Mountain Camp
Phone: 800-ACS-2345    
Address: 2253 South Oneida St., Denver, CO 80224
About: The American Cancer Society is proud to offer free summer camps for children with cancer (in treatment or remission) that provide a peer-supported place to become kids again see that they are not alone in their struggle.
Age Range: 11-17
Cost: $20

Live By Living
Phone: 303-808-2339
Address: 4975 Stuart St., Denver, CO 80212
About: A non-profit in Colorado that offers guided outdoor adventures along the Denver area Front Range and in the central Colorado Rockies (hikes, ski tours, snowshoe tours, and overnight trips to cozy cabins).
Age range: All
Cost: Day Trips: FREE, 2-Night Trips: $75 (assistance available)

Silver Lining Ranch
Phone: 970-925-9540
Address: 1490 Ute Ave., Aspen, CO 81611
About: A magical world created for children with cancer from all over the world to experience a week of adventure in the therapeutically serene mountains of Aspen, Colorado.
Age range: N/A
Cost: FREE

Sky High Hope Camp
Phone: 303-861-1754
Address: 1300 East 21st Ave., Denver, CO 80205
About: A special camp for children who have cancer or have had cancer, and their siblings, offering archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, hayrack riding, whitewater rafting and more.
Age range: 8-18
Cost: FREE

Camp Make-A-Dream
Phone: 406-549-5987
Address: P.O. Box 1450, Missoula, Montana 59806
About: Camp mission is to provide a medically supervised, cost-free Montana experience, in an intimate community setting, for children, young adults and families affected by cancer.
Age range: 8-18
Cost: FREE

Roundup River Ranch
Phone: 970-524-2267
Address: 8333 Colorado River Rd., Gypsum, CO 81637
About: A camp where kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses can truly enjoy the joys of childhood.
Age range: 7-17
Cost: FREE

Camp Courage
Phone: 720-424-2940
Address: 1551 S. Monroe St., Denver CO, 80210
About: An outdoor camp experience for children diagnosed with cancer that provides campers with experiences designed to promote coping skills to deal with the challenges of living with cancer. Camp is located at the Balarat Outdoor Education Center in Jamestown, CO.
Age range: 10-15
Cost: FREE

Nighthawk Ranch
Phone: 719-689-5634
Address: 2980 County Rd. 102, P.O. Box 265, Guffey, CO 80820
About: Nighthawk Ranch is a unique setting that camp activities (archery, ropes course, camping, etc.) and also activities that come with living on a working ranch with the goal of developing skills that will show campers how incredibly capable they are.
Age range: 10-18
Cost: FREE

Shining Stars
Phone: 970-726-8009
Address: 24 County Road 524, P.O. Box 730, Tabernash, CO 80478
About: The camp mission is to transform lives through year-round recreational and social programs for children and their families challenged with pediatric cancer or another life threatening illness.
Age range: 8-18
Cost: FREE

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