Campers ages 5-12 and Teen Junior Counselors
For many children, Camp Sparkle is where they realize for the first time that they are not alone in their experience with cancer. By joining a community of children with similar experiences in a safe, fun and welcoming environment, Camp Sparkle is life-changing.
“Everyone understands you here. Knowing that there’s other people who went through it—feels good knowing that you’re not the only one” – Camper
Teens and Adolescents, Educators, Parents
Three out of every four teens report knowing someone diagnosed with cancer. Because of this, we know how important it is to address cancer education in schools and in youth organizations. Our Cancer Happens® program creates safe spaces for youth to talk about cancer, where to turn for social and emotional support, and learn how they could reduce their future risk of cancer. We empower youth with credible sources of information and address the myths spread by vaping and tobacco industries.
Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest
High School Students
Over 5,000 teens across the U.S. have participated in Cancer Unwrapped, our national teen writing contest. Every story has been honest and heartfelt, and each one is unique, sharing their personal journey with their own cancer diagnosis, or the impact it has had on them when a family member, teacher or friend is touched by cancer. These essays are stories of triumph and stories of great loss, stories written in times of turbulence and stories written in times of quiet reflection. Winning essays are posted on our website to elevate the voices of teens and for others to know that they are not alone.
“I want to thank you for giving her an opportunity to take a risk and feel confident in doing something that took a lot of courage, and more importantly giving her a voice…you also gave me the opportunity to realize that she can process her feelings through writing by going that far back in time…” – Parent of teen writer
Cancer Illuminated: Transforming Communications in the Workplace
Navigating the intersection between one’s workplace and cancer is complex. With our Cancer Illuminated program, we shine a light on these challenges and explore practices that help enhance a workplace culture for employers and employees impacted by cancer. We also offer workplace education, workplace 360 feedback, and support groups designed to enhance communication and empathy.
Everyone’s experience with cancer is different, but no one has to face cancer alone. Our Community Education program is here to offer help and hope through the powerful voices of experts in our community. To ensure that anyone, anywhere, can participate, this program is currently being held via pre-recorded video or live streaming through our Zoom platform.
Weekly Support Groups and Wellness Classes
Our support groups and wellness classes are aimed at offering participants a safe place to connect, process emotions, reduce stress, and improve overall wellness. Weekly sessions are facilitated by professionals and available online.
Teen writing contest
Teen writing contest
Participating companies & organizations
Support & Wellness Classes
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You can make a difference
We are committed to reducing the financial burden of cancer on families by offering our program free of charge. Consider making a donation to help us continue reaching as many families as possible with these services.
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