A pediatric cancer diagnosis turns a child’s life upside down, and suddenly nothing feels normal for a child or their family. Hospital visits, ongoing treatments, financial challenges, and time away from school, sports, and friends becomes the new norm. Fear, anxiety, isolation, and loss of identity can create social and emotional scars, as children often begin to feel more like a cancer patient than a person.
Camp One Step exists to help heal these invisible scars that no one can see by offering free in-person and virtual camp programs serving pediatric cancer patients, survivors, and their families. Through our 11 in-person camps as well as our virtual programs, children (ages birth – 19) and their families meet, bond, find understanding in shared experiences, and expand their network of support throughout the year. Inclusion, accessibility, connections and empowerment are core to our mission.
Camp is not just a place, it is a Community.
Camp One Step brings happiness, support, strength and hope to hundreds of children and families each year, and thanks to our community of campers, families, over 400 volunteers, and generous supporters, the magic of camp can be felt anytime, anywhere.
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Camp One Step has changed my daughter’s life in every possible positive way. She has friends, communicates and most importantly tells me that she feels safe at all the camps she attends. My daughter feels safe because she has said she is not alone, she is not the different kid.
Your camp makes our daughter feel validated. Camp One Step provides the opportunity for her to be around other siblings that have gone through what she has gone through and continues to work through, that understand her fears and insecurities, and that just accept her for who she is. I had no idea how much she needed something like this until she went last year and again this year.
Camp One Step has always been, and will continue to be, a beacon of hope and light for the children we serve and a source of strength for our families. We thank our entire Camp Community for standing with us each day to bring happiness, support, understanding, and smiles to our kids and families. Our programs and services of today will continue to impact their lives for the future. #ForwardTogether
Children’s Oncology Services operates three major fundraising events each year. Click the images below to learn more.
How you can help support our campers and families.
By making a donation to Camp One Step, you will positively impact the lives of pediatric cancer patients, survivors, and their families, by helping to provide them with meaningful, empowering and supportive experiences with peers through Camp One Step programs.
You can support our mission right now by making a tax-deductible gift to Camp One Step, attending or serving as a corporate sponsor for one of our exciting special events (dinner gala or Charity Poker Championship), hosting a fundraiser on our behalf, or by making a stock donation, planned gift or estate gift.
Looking to make a difference in a child’s life by volunteering your time and talents? Camp One Step offers multiple opportunities for volunteers to directly impact the lives of our campers and the success of our programs and events. In fact, more than 400 dedicated volunteers donated over 100,000 hours of their time last year to our organization! Whether serving as a camp counselor, medical volunteer, or support staff at one of our programs, donating your time to support one of our special events or Team One Step program, or hosting a charity drive event to collect items to be used by our campers, we need you! Click here to learn more.
WE EMPOWER KIDS WHO HAVE CANCER,
ENCOURAGING THEM TO TAKE ON THE WORLD!
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Camp One Step exists 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.”
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Camp One Step
213 W. Institute Place
Chicago, IL 60610