Camps, Retreats and Other Events
Camps and retreats offer many therapeutic benefits for children and families who are dealing with a serious illness.
Aflac Cancer Center Events
- Beyond the Cure
On Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, adolescent and young adult survivors and their parents are invited to a free, half-day conference to learn about puberty and fertility after cancer.
- Navigating the School System Seminar
Parents are invited to a seminar to help them navigate the school system. Our experts will discuss topics such as:
- How to speak up for your child
- Parent and student rights
- How to get the services you need
- Changing schools
- Sickle Cell Education Day
On Saturday, September 28, 2013, everyone who has ever been affected by sickle cell disease: children, parents, relatives, friends of the family, teachers and healthcare workers are invited to attend this one day educational event. The event features programs that cover treatment updates, new clinical advances and school health issues.
- National Sickle Cell Awareness Month
During the month of September, the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's will host several activities to raise awareness of sickle cell disease.
- Camp Sunshine|
Originally founded in 1983 as a summer camp for children with cancer, Camp Sunshine today offers much more. Year-round programs include a trip to Washington D.C. for teenagers; a snow ski clinic and ski trip for children who have a physical disability from their cancer; and sibling camp and family camp weekends. The programs are directed at prompting individual growth and self-confidence, creating a network for peer support and providing an opportunity to participate in the everyday experiences of growing up. Call the office at 404-325-7979 or visit www.mycampsunshine.com if you have specific questions about Camp Sunshine or the programs offered.
- Deliver the Dream
This retreat program serves families facing serious illness or crisis by helping them to enhance coping skills, reduce stress and cultivate relationships. Through unique experiences during planned retreat weekends, this program helps participants regain strength, mend spirits, and just be families and kids again. For more information, call 888-687-3732.
- Camp Wannaklot
Held every year in July, the week-long camp offers children with bleeding disorders a full-range of activities including swimming, boating, archery, arts and crafts, basketball and fishing. In addition to making new friends, campers will also learn more about their bleeding disorders and how to treat them effectively. The camp is sponsored by Hemophilia of Georgia Inc. Visit www.hog.org/camp/ or call 770-518-8272 for more information.
- Camp New Hope
This summer camp provides children who have sickle cell disease with recreational and educational opportunities. The camp provides attendees with visions of hope by using counselors who have sickle cell disease and who are succeeding in life. Other objectives include exposing the participants to cultural entities, spiritual growth and a greater awareness of and appreciation for nature. Visit www.sicklecellatlaga.org for more information.
- Blue Skies
Blue Skies offers retreats to 10 to 12 families who have children affected by cancer. Held at the beach or in the mountains, these retreats offer hope and emotional healing to families at no cost (families must provide their own transportation to and from the retreat). Call 678-486-5585 for more information.
- Lighthouse Family Retreat
Lighthouse program offers special attention for every member of the family—parents, siblings and the child with cancer. This program offers fun, family-centered activities to help them “feel like a family” again. Children spend time playing in a carefree environment while parents attend a daily group meeting where they can share with others living through similar life challenges.
- WSB Care-a-Thon
The AM 750 and Now 95.5 FM News/Talk 750 Care-a-Thon benefiting the Aflac Cancer Center features stories of hope and inspiration from Aflac Cancer Center patients, families and staff. With the help of News/Talk WSB hosts Scott Slade, Neal Boortz and Clark Howard, the annual Care-a-Thons have raised more than $10 million for the Aflac Cancer Center.