• Celebrating 40 Years of Special Love
    A Community of Support for children with cancer and their families
  • 40th Anniversary
  • April 22 10:00am - April 22 3:00pm
    Under 7 Family Day
  • June 23 6:00pm - June 23 11:00pm
    Special Love Annual Gala

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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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Next Program

BRASS Weekend 2023

  • March 24 - March 26
  • TBA

Siblings, mark your calendars for a fun-filled BRASS Weekend. Open to brothers and sisters ages 7-17 who have a sibling with cancer within 5 years of their off treatment date as well as bereaved siblings. For more information to come. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Ashman. 

Upcoming Programs

Apr 22 2023

Under 7 Family Day

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

Mark your calendars 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! More information to come and registration open soon!


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.


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.


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