• A Community of Support
    Serving children with cancer and their families
  • Virtual Programs, Real Impact
  • October 23
    BRASS Weekend
  • November 15 4:30pm - November 15 5:30pm
    Mad Science with the SVDM
  • Summer 2021 Was a Virtual Masterpiece 
  • November 20
    Virtual Parents Night

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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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Mad Science with the SVDM

  • November 15 4:30pm - November 15 5:30pm
  • Virtual

We’re thrilled to announce a bonus VOICE activity, courtesy of the Shenandoah Children’s Discovery Museum! Join us on Monday, November 15th, at 4:30 pm for “Mad Science,” a chance for your crazy chemist […]

Upcoming Programs

Nov 20 2021

Virtual Parents Night

  • November 20

Each November, Special Love hosts a weekend just for the parents, providing them with a safe, nurturing environment to share and support one another in small group settings designed to be informative and healing.


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