Treatment for childhood cancer often prevents children from going to school or seeing friends for long periods of time. There are a number of organizations here in Connecticut that provide fun, safe activities that give patients and parents something to look forward to and bring moments of joy in the midst of this most difficult time.
Activities for children
Activities for teen and young adult cancer patients
Patients ages 15-26 are encouraged to join Circle of Care for adventures and opportunities that allow them to connect with each other and have fun!
After school activities
The Umbrella Club's mission is compassion and support for community families and children in need, where our help can make a difference.
Celebrations of life
Friends of Karen's gift program ensures that all children in the family celebrate milestones like birthdays, holidays and back-to-school.
Circle of Care's Lifeline Program provides monthly Birthday Boxes and Holiday Porch Presents
Connect to a college athletic team
Team Impact connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes.
Get a Dream Room Makeover
For children ages 4 - 16 undergoing emotionally and physically draining cancer treatment, a comfortable and uplifting place to spend time is essential. Circle of Care's dream-room makeover program is designed to give some sense of control back to these children. Makeovers are completed by a volunteer team with a passion for interior design, that works in conjunction with the child to determine and execute their "dream" vision.
Once in a lifetime experiences
Make-A-Wish Connecticut grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Camp Rising Sun welcomes any child aged 5-17 who has faced a diagnosis of cancer to a week of fun and friendship. Campers can be in treatment, in remission, or anywhere in between. Thanks to our generous supporters there is no cost to attend camp.
Summer camp for siblings
The Camp Rising Sun "Sib Side” Sibling Camp is open to campers aged 6-14 years old who are siblings of currently enrolled Camp Rising Sun campers. Sib Side takes place at the same time as Camp Rising Sun. Although they are at the same facility at the same time, many activities are separate. Like Camp Rising Sun, there is no cost for campers to attend Sib Side — thank you to our generous donors!