Summer is just around the corner and while both kids and parents anxiously await a much-needed vacation, there are a few others who need something more…a break from the heart-wrenching challenges they face every day as a result of a family member who is battling, or who may have lost the battle, with cancer. It’s a subject that is hard for many of us to talk about, and even harder for the kids who are in the midst of it all. Everyone, especially kids, need a break from it all, if only for a little while.
Angel On My Shoulder is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that has established a number of cost-free camps, both summer and year-round, that were designed to address the needs of young people whose lives have been affected by cancer through the illness or passing of a close family member (parent, sibling, or grandparent). I love that Angel On My Shoulder allows kids to just be kids and interact with their peers.
Angel On My Shoulder weekend camps are funded through donations. so that everyone who wants to attend may do so. They provide kids with an opportunity to meet others like themselves in a well-supervised atmosphere of understanding. The upcoming summer camps include swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
Located in Wisconsin, these camps generally draw people from the Twin Cities and Chicagoland. The camps are cost-free to qualified kids and are absolutely wonderful. Angel On My Shoulder offers five different weekend camps for kids who have a close family member who is battling cancer. Camp Angel is for kids ages 7-12; Camp Teen Angel is for teens ages 13-15; Camp Angel Adventures is for older teens ages 16-18; and, Camp Angel Adventures Extreme is for 16-18 year olds who want to experience more extreme activities, and Camp Hozhoni, is a family camp for families with a child 18 or younger who has cancer.
The purpose of the camps is to give kids the chance to meet other kids who are in the same situation and give them the opportunity to participate in activities tailored to their age group that will provide many happy memories.
The Angel On My Shoulder program is also looking for volunteers. You can apply online to assist this amazing organization.
“I am constantly inspired by the people I meet through Angel On My Shoulder from donors and volunteers to those families whose lives we touch,” adds Lolly Rose, founder of Angel On My Shoulder. “This community is quick to lend a hand and help one another and our organization is very thankful for that.”
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Angel On My Shoulder. While the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Angel On My Shoulder to facilitate this post.