Camp Okizu

Camp Okizu

Camp Okizu

Camp Okizu is a peer support program for children with cancer and their families. The mission is to help all members of families affected by childhood cancer to heal through peer support, respite, mentoring, and recreational programs. Now in it’s 40th year, Okizu works closely with medical treatment centers to complement their services in order to fill the need for respite from the rigors of treatment. The camp offers a variety of programs tailored to meet the specific needs of children with cancer, their siblings, and the family unit.  Sadly, last September, the North Complex Fire destroyed the camp property.

The camp lost 38 structures including the lodge, boathouse, cabins and state-of-the-art health center. The Robert Nelson Foundation is proud to help this great cause in their rebuilding efforts by giving a gift of $20,000. The foundation wishes Camp Okizu all the best as it moves forward to rebuild from this challenge.

We are so honored to be chosen to share the philanthropy and kindness of the Robert Nelson Foundation with the families we serve. This donation will help us to provide support programs for children with cancer and their families. Due to the financial burden that often accompanies a pediatric cancer diagnosis, all of Okizu’s programs are offered free-of-charge to the families we serve, and this generous grant will help us to serve children with cancer both in-person and virtually next year.

Suzanne Randall
Executive Director, Okizu

Here are just a few examples of the devastation due the wildfire that destroyed many of the buildings at Camp Okizu.

Lodge Before

Lodge After

Health Center Before

Health Center After

Gazeebo Before

Gazeebo After

Announcing the The Robert Nelson Foundation Scholarship

Announcing the The Robert Nelson Foundation Scholarship

Announcing the The Robert Nelson Foundation Scholarship

The Robert Nelson Foundation proudly announces the creation of The Robert Nelson Foundation Scholarship. Mr. Nelson had a desire to help young people with their education and the foundation is proud to announce a scholarship program through Grand Valley State University to assist students entering the field of multimedia journalism. Mr. Nelson spent almost 40 years of his life devoted to this field, and the foundation is honored to carry out his passion by helping young people reach their educational and life goals. The foundation will provide four ten thousand-dollar scholarships initially to qualifying students. Coupled with the scholarship, will be The Robert Nelson Foundation Career Exploration/Summer Broadcasting Camp. The camp will be specifically designed for high school students who show a desire and passion for entering this field. The exploration camp will combine the expertise of the university staff with local media professionals to give the students a hands-on experience as well as providing them the knowledge of the next steps for their education. The foundation is excited about this opportunity and partnership to fulfill Mr. Nelson’s desire to help young people reach their goals.

Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship Recipients

The career exploration fund and the scholarship will provide tremendous support to students majoring in multimedia journalism, especially those interested in broadcasting.  Because of your gift, these students will have access to experiential learning opportunities that they otherwise would not have had.

Philomena V. Manella
President, Grand Valley State University