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