• Celebrating 40 Years of Special Love
    A Community of Support for children with cancer and their families
  • 40th Anniversary
  • 2023 Scholarship Applications
  • April 22 10:00am - April 22 3:00pm
    Under 7 Family Day
  • June 23 6:00pm - June 23 11:00pm
    Special Love Annual Gala
  • March 23 4:30pm - March 23 6:00pm
    Berry Cool DNA Virtual Program
  • July 23 - July 29
    BRASS Camp

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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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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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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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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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Under 7 Family Day

  • April 22 10:00am - April 22 3:00pm
  • Frying Pan Park

Join us as we re-vamped our Under 7 Fantastic Kiddos Program! Join us for this fun-filled day of outside fun and arts and crafts on the farm! And parents, join us for a separate time JUST FOR YOU! Open to patients and survivors under 7 and their families!  Register here!    All Special Love Program […]

Upcoming Programs

Jun 2 2023

Young Adults Weekend (YAC)

  • June 2 - June 4
  • TBA

YAC is back and better than ever. Join us for a weekend of fun for cancer patients ages 18-25. More information to come.   All Special Love Program Participants are required to adhere to our COVID-19 Policy

Jun 18 2023

Summer Family Day

  • June 18
  • Smokey Glen Farm

All campers, past and present, and their immediate families are invited to join us to celebrate Special Love’s 40th anniversary. This will be a fun-packed day of reminiscing about the past 40 years of camp and looking forward to the future. More information to come.   All Special Love Program Participants are required to adhere […]

Jun 23 2023

Special Love Annual Gala

  • June 23 6:00pm - June 23 11:00pm
  • Hilton Mclean Tysons Corner

Special Love’s Gala on Friday, June 23rd at the Hilton-Tyson’s Corner will be a special evening supporting children with cancer and their families, and celebrating our 40th Anniversary. Over the last 40 years, we’ve been fortunate to have individuals and companies on this journey with us and we are honored to present our Love awards […]

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