Utah 2018 was incredible!

Light snowfall was “snow” problem for the 2018 Utah Ski Program. Going into the program, the area hadn’t received much snow, and we arrived into warmer weather than in the Midwest. That didn’t stop the campers and staff from having an amazing week. Some of the new activities were attending a basketball game for the Salt Lake City Stars, and sled hockey at the National Ability Center. We are pleased to continue to partner with the National Ability Center to be able to bring this experience to more campers each year.

This year was the first time that the volunteer Co-Directors Erin Hyerczyk and Austin Cappelle led the program. Erin and Austin are both former campers that have continued to be involved in camp into adulthood by returning as volunteers. Having two former campers become leaders of this program was great for the organization. We are very proud of all they did this year and excited to see their new ideas for the Utah program begin to be implemented in 2019!

Winter Camp 2017 Too cold… Not a chance, it was AWESOME!

104 Campers our Winter Camp program at Conference Point Center from December 27-31. Over 70 volunteers served as counselors, program leaders, medical volunteers or support staff.
In addition to the two days of skiing at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, swimming at the Timber Ridge Water Park, we attended a Milwaukee Bucks game and enjoyed a Santa Cruise on Lake Geneva! Our campers were happy to see their friends and enjoy the special moments of camp with them including the always popular New Years Eve Eve celebration! Special thanks to Jessica Hopper and Mark Lowry for leading this program and to Lyndsey Smith and Erin Fullmer for their coordination of all Winter Camp activities. Thanks to all the volunteers for their great work and to Darryl Perkins for his leadership.

Merci’ FLIGHT 2017: An Evening In Paris Breaks Fundraising Record and Sends More Kids with Cancer to Camp Programs


On November 10th, more than 400 guests toasted the mission of Camp One Step by Children’s Oncology Services at the Four Seasons Hotel-Chicago for their fourth annual FLIGHT gala that raised more than $300,000, a fundraising record for the gala. This year’s FLIGHT gala theme featured an Evening in Paris. Guests got first-class treatment at this benefit that sends kids with cancer to camp programs such as the nonprofit’s popular Summer Camp, in addition to the other ten


camp programs. Many of these programs are provided at no cost to the families.

The evening featured French-inspired cuisine and decor, a French wine bar, silent and live auction, program emceed by Camp One Step board member and WSCR radio host Dan Bernstein, and dancing all night to music by the Becca Kaufman Orchestra. In addition, a one-of-a-kind painting that depicted campers’ hands together with the symbolic camp bracelet done by artist Brendan Cooney was auctioned off at $6500. The highlight of the night was the moving program that featured some of the Camp One Step campers that witness the magic of this nonprofit firsthand. This year, 10 year- old Lucia “LuLu” Sammarco took the stage to talk about her life with Camp One Step. The crowd also sang happy birthday to camper Lulu.


Three organizations were honored this year for their outstanding service to Camp One Step:

• The Richard Schwebel Award honored Big Bikes Helping Little Tykes. They have been supporting Camp One Step for over fifteen years. Big Bikes Helping Little Tykes is a humanitarian, social organization founded to augment the financial needs of Camp One Step by Children’s Oncology Services. Under the direction of Kevin O’Meara and Bill Humphrey, they lead a large group of bikes and volunteers from Duke’s Beef in Bridgeview, IL traveling by motorcycle and cars to Summer Camp each year to visit with kids and make a large donation. To date, they have raised almost $400,000 for Camp One Step. This year marked the 15th anniversary of the first Big Bikes Motorcycle Run to Summer Camp.



• The Hospira Foundation Award honored two organizations this year:The Distillery Project talented team, generously donated most of their time to lead the organization’s rebranding efforts and develop the Camp One Step by Children’s Oncology Services name and logo. The Distillery Project is an independent, creative and strategic agency located in Chicago’s West Loop. Since 2012, Jokes4Miles has been generously donating their time and services for several years to the organization, capturing images from Camp One Step programs and developing videos which share the magic of camp.Jokes4Miles is a privately funded, innovative cancer organization that provides laughter, comfort and guidance to families facing cancer.

The event would not be possible without its generous sponsors such as Northwestern Mutual as the event’s Wine Sponsor and Katten, Muchin, Rosenman, LLP is co-sponsored the evening’s reception. TheFLIGHT committee included Mary Cortopassi, Chris Cortopassi, Donna DeSimone, Nick DeSimone, Sam DeSimone, Tina DeSimone, Celeste Giannini, Danielle Goldman, Linda Graves, Barb Guzzardi, Joseph Guzzardi, Rich Guzzardi, Jeff Infusino, Joseph Infusino, Sue Infusino, Lauren Kavanaugh, Lauren Kunkel, Megan Milligan, Doug Prafke, Nikki Prafke & Julie Wilson.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the United States observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Children’s Oncology Services Launches New Brand


Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. Rebrand Camp One Step
to Reflect Nonprofit’s Vibrant Programs and Community

CHICAGO, IL – (July 7, 2017) Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. is proud to announce their rebrand, Camp One Step, as a milestone achievement on the part of the growing nonprofit. The new official name of the 39-year-old organization is Camp One Step by Children’s Oncology Services. The nonprofit made this change to center on one name that would most accurately describe who they are, and searched to better reflect the vibrancy of what the organization does.

How do you take an extraordinary nonprofit serving children who have been diagnosed with cancer, and help it reach its full potential as a brand?  According to Camp One Step President Jeff Infusino, the nonprofit felt that it was time rebrand the organization with a name that truly represents their community. “Our community of campers, volunteers and donors are our strength and we wanted a name that would accurately reflect that,” said Infusino. “To accomplish this, the team spoke with campers, parents, volunteers and donors throughout the rebranding process, to ensure that the new brand would capture the essence of our past, present and future.”  Through those discussions, and with the help of The Distillery Project, Camp One Step found a new way to tell their story:

Cancer is an unbelievable weight on a child’s life. At home and at school, physically and emotionally, it changes everything.  Their days become increasingly defined by a shuffling between appointments—hospital to hospital, treatment to treatment.

But living with cancer is about more than just cancer, especially for kids—vibrant, loving, tenacious, incredible kids. It’s about living. We saw a need to provide these kids new and exciting experiences, so we built Camp One Step on these fundamental truths:

  • Childhood is invaluable. We give kids the opportunity to run and play, to laugh and learn, to practice a favorite hobby or try something new.
  • Community is an incredible source of strength. We offer them a space to meet people and make friends, to share stories and inspiration.
  • Our campers are unstoppable. We encourage them to take on the world.

Kids possess an inherent strength—the bravery to live, not just with cancer, but boldly and beautifully in spite of it. They are open-mined and open-hearted—they empower each other to push beyond the boundaries of their diagnoses. Camp One Step, inspired by our campers’ determination, is dedicated to moving forward together.

The name CAMP ONE STEP has a deep connection to its community. CAMP represents a symbol of lifelong friendships and family, ONE signifies togetherness, meaning no one faces a cancer diagnosis alone, and STEP symbolizes moving Forward Together. Everything the nonprofit does is about moving forward. They instill the mindset in their community that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and they stress that the camp family always believes in and supports one another. Not only was a new brand created, but also a new logo website and email addresses to reflect Camp One Step. All of the nonprofit’s social media channels were also updated to reflect the rebranding.

The Distillery Project, a Chicago-based creative agency, helped tackle the issue the nonprofit had with its brand and name confusion, helping them articulate  the goals and mission of the organization. Touched by Camp One Step’s mission, The Distillery Project facilitated the complete rebrand at a deeply discounted cost to the nonprofit.  The entire process took almost 12 months from conception to completion, culminating with the rebranding that now accurately reflects what Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. facilitates:  helping to move their community forward to take the journey of a childhood cancer diagnosis together, through their popular camp programs.


Camp One Step is an inspiring group of people, who together, have created something awesome. We wanted to help tell their story in a way that represents the entire camp community,” said Jack Flannery, Strategist at The Distillery Project.

The new colorful logo has deep meaning to the nonprofit. The circle form reflects the appearance of intertwined arms, with each dot representing a different member of the camp community (campers, counselors, volunteers, etc.), while the linking resembles the Camp One Step treasured friendship bracelets that campers create and exchange with each other every year.  The logo has a circular formation of movement, as the nonprofit continues to help more and more children and families in a forward moving manner.  The colors of the logo have deep meaning as the official colors of the top pediatric cancer ribbon symbols, from leukemia to brain cancer.

“This brand unveiling symbolizes the camp community perfectly, as we are constantly moving forward,” said 15-year-old camper and cancer survivor Maggie Conlon.

Since its inception, more than 14,000 campers have attended Camp One Step. The nonprofit offers 11 programs including its traditional Summer Camp to meet the needs of families with children with cancer. These programs include Brian Tumor Family Camp, Chicago Day Camp, Dude Ranch, Family Camp, Seabees, Sibling Camp, Utah Ski Program, Washington D.C. Program, Whitewater Rafting and Outdoor Adventure, and Winter Camp.



Camp One Step, by Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children diagnosed with cancer. Through our programs, we offer camp experiences and other programs throughout the year that allow children with cancer to just be kids. Our programs offer fun, friendship and support in a safe and nurturing environment. We exist to heal scars that no one can see such as fear, isolation, depression, lack of support and no longer fitting in. Through community, support and shared experiences with peers, we deliver happy, pain free medicine called “camp.” The organization is supported by more than 350 volunteers, including medical professionals, who generously donate their time and services.  For more information, please visit www.camponestep.org. Camp One Step is a recognized 501(C) 3 organization.



Stephanie Krol






Pig in the Park July 8th

All our camper families and friends are welcome to attend this event benefiting Camp One Step, which is being held on July 8th in Fontana, WI

Fontana’s Reid Park will be home to Dan Green’s Pig in the Park on Saturday, July 8th, 2017 from 4-10pm.

Reid Park
South Lake Shore and Fontana Blvd
Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, WI 53125



Chicago Day Campers explore the city and have a great time!

Another successful program has brought our campers to some of Chicago’s iconic museums. Our group explored every part of the Shedd Aquarium. No trip to the Shedd is compete without attending the dolphin show and the dolphins were fantastic! Campers enjoyed the Children’s Museum and had their own private Lego building session. 5 of the campers who attended were new to the program. We are truly grateful to the Mark Staehely Pediatric Cancer Foundation for sponsoring this camp opportunity for our kids. Thanks to Jill Kulbok and Kris Reilly for doing a great job leading the program. Thanks to our outstanding volunteers and to Darryl and Lauren for their leadership and support.

One Step Poker Poker Championship Raises $120,000

2017 One Step Charity Poker Championship Ups the Ante’ for Children’s Oncology Services, Inc.

CHICAGO, IL – On February 23rd, more than 220 pokers players and 75 spectators helpedto send more kids with cancer to One Step Programsat theMontgomery Club. Dan Bernstein from WSCR “The Score” AM 670and a board member of the nonprofit returned as emcee for this 12th annual No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament that raised more than $120,000. Players from all over the Chicagoland-area and Northwest Indiana played their best hand for an evening of poker and high stakes gambling, memorable food and drinks, prizes and of course, charity.

Celebrity bounty players included NBC’s Chicago Fire Randy Flager that made it to the final table, ESPN and Chicago White Sox announcer Jason Bennetti along with media personalities NBC Chicago’s Marley Kayden, WSCR “The Score” AM 670 Laurence Holmes and Danny Parkins and National Movie Critic and FOX Chicago host Richard Roeper.

Players of all levels competed for approximately $15,000 in prizes including the coveted Grand Prize: a seat at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas ($10,000 value) sponsored by RW Baird.


Utah Ski Program delivers great experiences for our campers!

Our Utah Ski Program was a great success and the 30 campers who attended had an incredible time. Fifteen campers joined us in Utah for the first time! Four of our volunteers were first timers as well. The week was filled with Skiing, Snowboarding, Tubing and number of other great activities. Thanks to Nancy Townsend for leading the program. Our gratitude goes out to all of our volunteers who did a great job, the National Abilities Center for their amazing support of our campers, and to our Director of Programs, Darryl Perkins and his team for managing the direction of the Utah Program and all 11 of our One Step Programs.

Winter Camp 2016

104 campers attended our Winter Camp program this year. Everyone was very happy that the weather cooperated for us to ski and snowboard. Many thanks to Grand Geneva Resort and Timber Ridge for continuing to support our organization. This year we added some new activities including: attending a Marquette University basketball game, going to the Milwaukee Zoo and having a scavenger hunt at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Thank you to Jessica Hopper and Mark Lowry who led this program. Thank you to our volunteers who make our programs special, and to Darryl Perkins and Lauren Kunkel for their leadership and support.