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Camps and Wish Granting Organizations

Originally published on November 11, 2009
Most recently updated on April 28, 2015
The following is a list of camps and wish granting resources offered to pediatric cancer survivors and their families.

Camps for children and their families

Camp Mak-a-Dream offers a cost free, medically supervised retreat in Montana to children and families affected by cancer. There are diagnosis and age specific weeks including a kid's camp, a parents retreat, sibling retreat, young adult retreat for a general cancer diagnosis as well as the Heads Up Conference (HUC) and Teen HUC for young adults and teens diagnosed with brain tumors.
Phone: 406-549-5987

COCA-I is a one stop resource that offers information on many of the camps that are offered for children and families affected by cancer [internationally]
Phone: 404-661-5723

Through the COS One Step programs, they offer camp experiences and other educational and excursion programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids.
Phone: 312-924-4220

First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.
Phone: 303-945-2490

Located in Hardwick, NJ, Happiness is Camping offers a camp experience for children and families of children affected by cancer from the ages of 6-15. CBTF offers two annual camps here, the Family Camp in June and the Just Us Dad and Survivor Camp in October. Contact for more information on either of these camps.
Phone: 908-362-6733

Children's Wish Granting Organizations

CWFI grants wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.
Phone: 800-323-WISH

Through the Medicine of the Heart Program, this foundation anonymously grants wishes to children with advanced cancer who come from financially needy families. A health care provider must nominate the child.
Phone: 214-361-2600

Deliver the Dream helps Florida families who has a family member - whether it’s a child or parent – living with an illness/crisis. Our program invites up to 15 families, free of charge, to one of their retreat locations so they can relax, enjoy time together, forge new friendships and create support groups with the other families dealing with the same illness/crisis.
Phone: 888-687-3732

Dream Factory grants dreams to critically and chronically ill children from the ages of three through eighteen.
Phone: 800-456-7556

The Dream Foundation is the nation's first and largest wish-granting organizations for adults facing a life threatening illness.
Phone: 805-564-2131

FAMOUS FONE FRIENDS (FFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded by a group of I.A.T.S.E. Studio Teachers. It is comprised entirely of volunteers whose purpose is to connect seriously ill and hospitalized children with celebrities through phone calls and customized videos.
Phone: 310-204-5683

Give Kids the World Village is a 70 acre resort in Central Florida that offers accommodations, entertainment, and other attractions for children with life-threatening illnesses. The charity provides children between the ages of 3-18 and their families free, one week vacations to help create long lasting memories. A child must be sponsored by one of the more than 250 wish granting organizations or hospitals in the country that's affiliated with Give Kids the World.
Phone: 800-995-KIDS

Jason's Dreams for Kids grants wishes to children diagnosed with a progressive, degenerative, or malignant condition.
Phone: 732-758-0060

Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization dedicated to "infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations."
Phone: 888-918-9004

Make-a-Wish grants wishes to children suffering from life threatening diseases and conditions.
Phone: 800-722-WISH (9476)

The Marty Lyons Foundation fulfills the special wishes of children chronologically aged 3-17 years old, who have been diagnosed as having a terminal or life threatening illness by providing and arranging special wish requests.
Phone: 212-977-1752

This Michigan based organization grants wishes to children with advanced illness who reside in Michigan.
Phone: 877-649-4743

A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder.
Phone: 800-486-WISH

Sunshine Foundation grants the wishes of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children, ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that child's illness may cause.
Phone: 215-396-4770

United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit national wish granting charity that specializes in sending critically ill and disabled youth and disabled veterans on the outdoor adventure of their dreams.
Phone: 800-518-8019

Wishing Star Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses between the ages of 3 and 21, living in Eastern and Central Washington and Idaho.
Phone: 509-744-3411

This organization is committed to granting wishes for children with advanced illness.
Phone: 888-663-9474


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