• A Community of Support
    Serving children with cancer and their families
  • July 25 - July 30
    BRASS Camp 
  • August 15 - August 20
    Camp Fantastic
  • September 10
    Tom Baker Memorial Golf Tournament

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About Us

“The hospitals saved my son’s life, but Special Love saved his soul.”



Special Love provides a strong, nurturing environment for children with cancer and their families through its free camps and getaway weekends, emergency financial assistance, and educational scholarships for young adults who have beaten cancer and now want to move on with their lives.

Camp Fantastic, our cornerstone program for 7-17 year-old cancer patients, is considered a protocol within the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and has made Special Love a recognized National Institutes of Health (NIH) charity.

Since our inception in 1983, children have come to Special Love from the Washington metropolitan area and from all across the country thanks to our partnership with the NIH and other area hospitals.

Each year, Special Love serves hundreds of children, teens, and young adults ages birth to 30 years old and their families.

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Patients

Camps/Programs

Every year, Special Love welcomes hundreds of pediatric cancer patients, ages 7 to 17, to our camps and adventure programs. Each one provides time away from the hospital and its strict schedules, as well as the pain and isolation that come with cancer treatment. Programs are designed to provide a place to laugh, play, share with new and old friends, and even take a few healthy risks. A place where they can just be kids.

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Siblings

Camps/Programs

BRASS is designed specifically for the siblings of pediatric cancer patients, as well as bereaved siblings. BRASS offers them a place for open, honest dialog with other campers and counselors to ensure they too are enveloped in a strong support system where they can put the family trauma of cancer away to spend time being a kid, In an environment where the focus is completely on them. The importance BRASS plays in the siblings’ lives is significant; so much so that most camp counselors, as well as counselors-in-training, are former BRASS campers themselves.

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Family

Camps/Programs

Quality family time is one of the hardest things for a family to find when their child has cancer. They need that time to reconnect as a family, share some fun and laughter, and strengthen their bond during a stressful time. Special Love’s family programs are designed to do just that, by hosting opportunities throughout the year.

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Camp Fantastic

  • August 15 - August 20
  • Virtual

Camp will be virtual again this year, but expect a lot of fun, special guests and time to visit with old and new friends.  Camp Fantastic is for patients, ages 7-17, whether their at home, in the hospital or on the road.  They can join in the fun!

Upcoming Programs

Sep 10 2021

Tom Baker Memorial Golf Tournament

  • September 10
  • Rock Harbor Golf Course

Join us for a round of golf at the beautiful Rock Harbor Golf Course in Winchester, Virginia.   We have two flights, a morning flight at 8:00am, and afternoon flight at 1:30pm.


Oct 8 2021

OctoberFest Family Weekend

  • October 8 - October 10
  • Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center

Expected to be our very first in-person weekend in over a year, so we’ll be pulling out all the stops for a fun time.  Held at the Northern Virginia 4H Center, Front Royal, VA is open to the families of patients, survivors and bereaved families.


Oct 9 2021

October Celebration Day

  • October 9
  • Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center

Our first in-person celebration after a year of being apart we’re holding a special celebration day at the Northern Virginia 4H Center, Front Royal, VA.  The event is open to sponsors and families.


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