• A Community of Support
    Serving children with cancer and their families
  • COVID-19 Policy Update
  • July Summer Celebration Days
  • August 21 9:00am - August 21 3:00pm
    Summer Celebration Day at Smokey Glen Farm
  • October 29
    Fall in Love 5k Walk/Run

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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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Summer Celebration Day at Smokey Glen Farm

  • July 12
  • Smokey Glen Farm

Join us for 1 or all 3 of our Summer Celebration Days in July! July 12th – Smokey Glen Farm July 14th – Burke Lake July 19th – KOA Williamsburg […]

Upcoming Programs

Jul 14 2022

Summer Celebration Day at Burke Lake

  • July 14
  • Burke Lake

Join us for 1 or all 3 of our Summer Celebration Days in July! July 12th – Smokey Glen Farm July 14th – Burke Lake July 19th – KOA Williamsburg […]


Jul 19 2022

Summer Celebration Day @ KOA Williamsburg

  • July 19
  • KOA Williamsburg

Special Love’s COVID19 Policy is mandatory for participation. View policy here    https://secure.specialove.org/eventReg.jsp?event=650&


Aug 21 2022

Summer Celebration Day at Smokey Glen Farm

  • August 21 9:00am - August 21 3:00pm
  • Smokey Glen Farm

Join us for the last of our Summer Celebration Days! You won’t want to miss: Ziplining Balloon Art Face Painting A Delicious BBQ Lunch Fun Arts & Crafts for the […]


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HELP CHILDREN WITH CANCER AND THEIR FAMILIES CELEBRATE SUMMERWe need your help!

Due to COVID19 restrictions, we will not be having week long camps this year. That means we are bringing the show on the road! Your donation helps us bring exciting day-long events to children with cancer and their families this summer!