• A Community of Support
    Serving children with cancer and their families
  • September 1 - September 30
    Solid Gold September
  • Virtual Programs, Real Impact
  • October 9
    OctoberFest Family Day
  • October 22 - October 24
    BRASS Weekend
  • Summer 2021 Was a Virtual Masterpiece 

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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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Special Love Octoberfest

OctoberFest Family Day

  • October 9
  • Virtual

We will once again be celebrating virtually this year, but it will be a great day of fun! This event is open to the families of patients, survivors and bereaved families up to 5 years off treatment.

Upcoming Programs

Oct 22 2021

BRASS Weekend

  • October 22 - October 24
  • Virtual

This event will be held virtually again this year, but will be great fun! Siblings of cancer patients, ages 7-17, are encouraged to join us for a fall themed day!


Oct 24 2021

Fall in Love 5k Walk/Run

  • October 24 - October 30
  • Virtual

Last year’s virtual walk/run was so much fun, and welcomed participants from across the country and over the pond, we are doing it again.  Gather your friends and family and join us from your neighborhood for this week-long 5k.  


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