Maria Gonzalez-Jackson

Maria Gonzalez Jackson stumbled upon Special Love during a lucky google internet search for a support system for children impacted by serious illness and for their siblings. Luckily, Maria found […]

Devarda Jones

Devarda’s son, Malcolm, was in Georgetown University Hospital being treated for a brain tumor when a social worker told them about Special Love and what a great organization it was: […]

Steven Hyson

On a warm day in late May, the air is filled with Rock Music, Pit BBQ smoke, and the pulsing thunder of V-Twin engines. Three hundred people fill the parking […]

Dr. Jack Shern, MD

A familiar face over the last decade of Camp Fantastic has been of the Camp Medical Director, Dr. Jack F. Shern MD, or just “Dr. Jack”. When he isn’t providing […]

Carolyn Hubley

Carolyn was only 9 months old when her battle against cancer began. The struggles and setbacks of a childhood filled with treatments, hospital trips, and procedures were building as Carolyn […]

Sawyer/Jenna Sangastiano

Like most Fairfax area families, Sawyer Stephenson and his mother, Jenna Sangastiano, were introduced to Special Love by Holly Senn, the Child Life Specialist at L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital. Sawyer […]

Andrew Hubley

  Andrew was just 5 years old when, during a routine physical to play tee-ball, his doctor noticed that his spleen was enlarged and ran some blood tests.  The tests […]

Dave Smith

Dave will never forget the day in 1982 when he first heard about Special Love and Camp Fantastic. He had just completed his first summer at the Northern Virginia 4-H […]


Evelyn was only 4 years old when her family was rocked by the news from their doctors: Evelyn was fighting Cancer.  Not even in kindergarten yet, Evelyn and her family […]

Holly Senn

Holly, who is one of Special Love’s most energetic counselors and enthusiastic ambassadors, moved to Northern Virginia in 2004 to work as a Child Life Specialist for the Pediatric Oncology […]