Programs

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it touches not only that person, but also everyone around them. ‘Facing cancer together’ requires deep and far-reaching support for patients, survivors, their caregivers and their family members. At Cancer Pathways, we’ve designed our programs to empower people touched by cancer. Built with the intention to serve people locally, our programs recognize community members as influencers. We are able to provide these programs at no cost to participants because of the generous support of our donors.

Camp Sparkle

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

Cancer Happens

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

Adults: 18+
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.

Community Education

All ages
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

All Ages
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.

Our Impact

Over 80% of our operating budget is spent on programs and services for everyone touched by cancer. In 2020, we enhanced our services to include virtual programming.

Camp

Sparkle

2,300+
Campers ages 5 – 12 and teen counselors

Cancer Happens

Teen education

100,000+
Students

Cancer Unwrapped

Teen writing contest

5,000+
Teens submitted essays

Cancer Unwrapped

Teen writing contest

$175,000+
In prize money awarded

Cancer Illuminated

Professionals from

65

Participating companies & organizations

Support & Wellness Classes

3,800+
Individuals have registered for our support groups

Cancer Pathways

We estimate overall reach to be nearly

500,000
People served to date

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.

Activities Calendar

We host numerous events that educate, support and enrich our community. Join us at no cost to you!