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Causes: Equestrian, Sports

Mission: Camp Casey is a nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer and their families. We provide three, cost-free horseback riding services to children with cancer and their families.

Results: Since 2004, Camp Casey has delivered happiness on horseback to over 13,500 participants directly impacted by childhood cancer and illness (as of 2019).

Target demographics: Families with children 17 years and younger who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer, sickle cell disease, and/or aplastic anemia.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,600 people

Geographic areas served: Michigan

Programs: Horsey House Calls, Cowboy Camp Outs, and Outlaw Outings

Community Stories

168 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My favorite part when volunteering for a Camp Casey Horsey House Call is the big moment when the child opens the door to discover a horse has landed on their front porch. The day is always filled with many smiling faces of happy children. Highly recommend volunteering with Camp Casey.

robato

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

they do a wonderful job bringing a little joy and happiness to the children they support. A wonderful group of volunteers make it all happen, and the supporters couldn't be prouder!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Unique program, wonderful Volunteers, lasting memories for the children. They deserve to be measured with the finest groups out there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Casey is a grass roots hands on community of volunteers and leaders on mission to love on families and children with cancer. There is no greater joy for a child to have a horse greet them on their doorstep and have a day of fun with their friends.
For those who can't participate in a "horsey housecall" there are other ways that Camp Casey serves them; camp, sporting events, and even make-a-wish foundation requests.

Kirsten A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a part of the Camp Casey family in 2017 and, since then, have experienced some of the best and most fulfilling moments of my life. Volunteering with Camp Casey and being a part of their Horsey House Call program (where they surprise a child with a horse AT THEIR HOME!) is truly magical, and I encourage everyone to help this organization bring joy and respite to families in our community facing such difficult, unimaginable times. Camp Casey's program brings the sense of "being a kid again" to its campers - and to its volunteers - and it makes for an incredibly unique, unforgettable memory. I look forward to volunteering every summer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Casey is a phenomenal organization that has brought more joy to my life than I ever could have imagined. Camp Casey was the catalyst for some of the most impactful relationships I’ve ever formed and has set the trajectory of my life in the most amazing direction. Thank you Camp Casey!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Casey helped bring horses to the life of a sweet little cowgirl I loved with all my heart. The horses and relationships that Camp Casey brought to her life helped to bring her hope and light during some of the darkest moments of her fight against childhood cancer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter had just finished her battle with stage 4,Wilm’s tumor cancer when we heard about Camp Casey. Our whole family was invited to camp for a weekend in the fall. We all (my 5 year old, included) got to ride horses and enjoy being a family. It was wonderful. Thank you, Camp Casey for all that you do!!!

Erik G.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with this organization as a volunteer several years back. I have participated in a number of their outings and events. The impact that their programming has on the kids they serve is wonderful! I have since become a member of the Board and have found the work rewarding.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AMAZING experience! Just all around awesome and such a fun, stress free day to see your child full of smiles during their treatment ❤

Sandy49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Do you want to see smiles that light up a child's face when at times they are to ill to lift their heads? Check out Camp-Casey's Horsey House Calls and that is exactly what you will find. Not only are the children smiling but so are their siblings, relatives, friends and family. Especially the parents. It brings out the joyful tears to see your child behaving like every other child there. SMILES all around! I have volunteered for many years for Camp-Casey and find each year to bring more smiles and joy to so many. With the new expansion to the West side of Michigan now even more families can have SMILES grace their faces!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Casey is one of my favorite nonprofits to volunteer for. It is a down home type of organization that makes everyone feel welcome. The Director, staff, and board take part in all events from fundraising to horsey house calls. Each time I see the video or hear Molly talk to groups about horsey house calls tears flow. Volunteers are treated with respect and kindness. When volunteering for events it's like getting together with friends. I cannot say enough good things about Camp Casey!

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Mitchell P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Camp Casey. I help out on the Horsey Calls where we take the horses to the child's house and have a two hour party. I also volunteer when we participate in the Huntington Wood's Parade. I do a lot of volunteer work and Camp Casey is one of my favorite charities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Camp Casey as a volunteer for two years now. When we arrive at a visit, the child and parents always look so stressed but by the end of our visit everyone is relaxed and laughing. That happens every time, and I love knowing I was a part of giving the family that respite from their worries.

Donor

Rating: 5

Polyviou Family Dentistry staff has made the commitment to help our community and this year we have been blessed to work with the staff at Camp Casey. Our Whitening special in the Month of May 2017 allowed us to donate a Horsey House Call to a little one that needs a day of "just" being a kid! We are so proud to be a part of this program!

Eileen39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a grass-roots organization. Every person connected with Camp Casey cares deeply about helping kids and their families who are fighting cancer. The founder, Molly Reeser, devotes her life to this organization, and has been doing this since she started the organization on a shoe-string while she was a sophomore at Michigan State. If ever there was an altruistic, giving organization, this is it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many people don't realize that the success of Camp Casey in helping so many children with cancer is the result of the dream, the determination and the hard work of one young woman, Molly Reeser, who started the non-profit while she was still getting her journalism degree at Michigan State University. With the help of friends and family, Molly has made such a difference in the lives of kids and their families. As one child said after spending a day at camp, "It was the best day of my life!"

1 Andrea160

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Camp Casey for many years. As someone with ZERO horseback riding experience, I love that I can be involved in the healing power of horses without actually being involved on the horse side! The child we serve, and their friends and family have the best day. It is such an amazing organization to support.

Rachel185

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't begin to express how awesome it was to have Camp Casey and Queen B come visit my daughter. Everyone was so pleasant, kind, fun, energetic and polite. I am elated that we could be a part of this charity.
When you go through all the pains of childhood cancer and see what your child has to endure it brings a deep sadness. Camp Casey shines a ray of hope. Once your child sees that horse and gets so excited it helps remind you that the fight is all worth it............And I want to thank Camp Casey for that gift!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about the horsey house call! I think my favorite moment was the expression of complete joy on my daughter's face when she realized she was going to get to ride a horse---at our house yet!!! She had so much fun---I told someone else that for that afternoon, I honestly think she was able to forget she has cancer, if only for a little while. What an incredible blessing. Without exception, all the volunteers were so kind and friendly. It is clear to see what a labor of love it is for all of them and we were the lucky recipients. What an amazing, amazing experience and gift!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My favorite part of my child's Horsey House call was how excited she was to be able to interact with the horse. Watching her and her friends have such a wonderful time was just what we needed during this trying time in our lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization that does amazing things for the community! They are great to volunteer for and their staff is amazing.

1 Pamela110

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Worked as a bartender at a function they threw. It was a great turn out.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group does amazing work! They bring joy to children who have to endure great hardships and make them feel like kids again!

1 Susan433

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of volunteering with Camp Casey. What a blessing to surprise a child dealing with cancer with such a special visit. To watch their faces when the horse is led up to their door is priceless. It is just a wonderful time for the entire family to enjoy a horse ride, lessons on tacking up the horse and even making a snack to be given to the horse at the end of the visit. It is a time to dwell on smiles, fun and not illness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was such a rewarding and humbling experience to be able to bring such joy into these children's lives, even if for a short period of time. I felt so uplifted, knowing that my participation might have helped in bringing smiles to their faces!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing and helpful, thank you for everything you do for families

Shelly32

Client Served

Rating: 4

Our family was blessed by camp Casey , when our son Shane had kidney cancer. We were invited to events that camp Casey hosted. Horsey rides, picnics , and even tiger. Games. They were wonderful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Camp Casey for the past 7 years. My favorite thing to do is to volunteer for Horsey House Calls. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing that huge smile on a child's face after they open their front door and find a horse standing on their doorstep!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization doing outstanding job helping children fighting cancer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great group that brings hope and happiness to children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think it is amazing how this charity brings like minded people together for such a notable cause and they are successful. Open, honest and fair. A real pleasure to be associated with.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing group. I have worked with Molly and the crew on several events and I have nothing to say but positive things.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group to help kids who are fighting an awful disease!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for many years with Camp Casey starting when the organization first began. I am so proud of the number of families they have served and to have been a part of such a wonderful group that brings happiness to so many people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a great organization! From their fun fundraisers, to all the good that they do. Top Nonprofit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Casey does amazing work to support children diagnosed with cancer and their families. It's such a rewarding experience to partake in their mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What an exceptional group of women running an organization that brings their passion for horses and children together to help families battling cancer. They bring joy to each and every child and family they visit. To see families escape the pain and frustration of cancer for even a few minutes is a priceless gift.

2 Jessica251

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for a camp back when completing my internship during the final year of a health care doctorate program. I was originally inspired by the ability of an organization to combine two of my passions - horses and health care. My experience with the camp was one of my favorite experiences so far. While I was only able to participate in one of the camps, it gave me the opportunity to take a step back and be reminded that there are so many different types of experiences and therapies that can produce positive outcomes for patients and their families.

In following Camp Casey over the years it continues to amaze me how much they have grown and how many lives they are affecting. Molly and the rest of the leadership and volunteers are truly an amazing group and one I wish that I could actively participate in if I lived closer. I am excited to see what is next!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is heartwarming to see the difference Camp Casey makes in the lives of so many children and families struggling with cancer. I highly recommend this incredible non-profit. They are also a helpful non-profit, always ready to share resources and assist other like minded non-profits.
Peggy Burkhard
Executive Director
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at a fundraising event and had a great time! This group gave my cousin who has leukemia a horsey house call and I will continue to volunteer whenever I can. This is a great nonprofit and they do amazing things!

1 Greg65

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Camp Casey and the absolutely amazing energy Molly and the entire team have is fantastic. These guys bring so many smiles and fun. Awesome, awesome organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Casey provided our family a weekend away at the Double J Ranch. Everything was so well organized and thoughtfully planned out. The experience we were provided with gave our family a much needed break from cancer treatments. We love Camp Casey!!
Kranson Family

1 Carly13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization and have seen first hand what an impact they make for kids (and their families) battling cancer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Camp Casey for almost ten years now and it has been the most eye-opening, rewarding experience

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I participate with the Camp Casey events & programs, I always share in the loving sense of an organization who truly provides Hope and Joy to individuals & families who are experiencing life threatened illnesses.

The Staff and volunteers, who engage with the families they serve, are caring, dedicated & thoughtful. What a wonderful organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great cause volunteers and staff all professional and dedicated the clients are great

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Organization and programs. They really do a great job of screening and training volunteers and Equine Therapists. Really a one of a kind non-profit with their concept and mission.

1 Pam_104

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for this organization because of a shared love of horses. After being on a few horsey house calls with them, I saw how wonderful they were. Camp Casey provides a fun, stress free, illness free day for kids with cancer and they have thought of every detail to do so.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So thankful for Camp Casey! The smile they put on my nieces face was priceless!!

1 Krisandra Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

me and my family had a very enjoyable time the volunteers was very caring I had to do nothing then sit back and enjoy myself everything was very lovely

1 Michele105

Donor

Rating: 5

Camp Casey is an awesome charity organization. Dedicated staff

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great service provided to take the horses to sick kids and make a special day of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Casey has passionate volunteers and supports a great cause. Every interaction I've had with this charity has been pleasant.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My niece had cancer when she was 18 months old. Having a Horsey House Call gave her a very happy time while she was in chemo. I have been a fan of Camp Casey ever since. It brings pure joy to kids when they need it most.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Best organization ever! They always have the best events and put 110 percent effort into everything they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Camp Casey is incredible!! I can honestly say that I've never participated in or attended a charity event where the leadership and volunteers truly cared more and believed in the cause as this.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Casey is a well-run organization that benefits children who are suffering from cancer. This means the world to them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a RN and horse lover and owner, what is more healing when your a kid than a horse. Horse heal your mind, body and spirit.

2 Beth72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been extremely IMPRESSED by Camp Casey's dedication and commitment in helping children who are ill and also their families who are in need of love and support. Camp Casey provides a means to forget about the worries and have fun while bonding with a live horse to nuzzle and pet! BRAVO CAMP CASEY!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am always blown away by the efforts of the volunteers at Camp Casey, how they go the extra mile to help these kids and their families who are dealing with the devastation and fear that cancer brings. The smiles Camp Casey brings to these little (and big) hearts is such a gift! Keep up the great work!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So much happiness is created from these horsies!!! Thank you for caring as much as you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Camp Casey provides a profoundly beautiful experience to ill children fighting cancer, and their siblings! Camp Casey can be seen more clearly at www.camp-casey.org and please visit their website. Several day camps throughout the summer months at numerous volunteer stables allow the kids to be physically and mentally empowered in an world, that for them, is always and forever over-powering. Personal and spiritual growth often results from the activities and demonstrations (not only for the children, but for parents as well). Loving, trained staff give the campers their utmost. Some children start the day with their heads low, shuffling, clinging to parents. At the end of the day, nearly all are painted, proud, and skipping home after an exciting day of horsemanship! Medical staff are present. In addition to day camps, the Horsey House Call is an absolutely wonderful tool to bring happiness, empowerment, confidence, and FUN to kids in strict urban settings! Check it out...a great big horse comes to your front door to spend a few hours with you!! Very special. The administration and staff of this organization are dedicated and have a huge heart for the kids and their families. Just check out the website and go to a day camp, or witness a real Horsey Housecall. You'll never be the same person. This is guaranteed. Volunteer and see what Camp Casey is all about! I'm a bit bias, because I'm Casey's father. We are proud of what God's love, one woman, one girl, and the love of horses has wrought. Minimal overhead, maximum output, and maximum benefits to truly deserving children. Just two of our mottos (my best shot) are: "The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person" and "Helping kids fight cancer one neigh at a time" Not just sayin'...this is valuable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone at Camp Casey is so inspirational and giving of themselves yo help others. This is an amazing organization.

2 Keith54

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group does amazing work. Attending a Camp Casey event early in my daughters treatment really help take her mind off of being sick. As much time as we can give them to make them feel like normal kids we should. Camp Casey is definitely part of the healing process of the soul. We love them dearly.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beautiful charity ran by heartfelt heroes! I admire the work that they do!

3 Taren P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing people and an amazing idea! Bringing children with cancer a fun and memorable day. Go camp Casey!

2 Karin18

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Casey provides weekends away for families of children with cancer. Their staff is hardworking and generous with their time and energy. Great organizers, great service to children fighting cancer. One Neigh at a Time!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE this non-profit that is run by passionate workers who truly provide a unique, life-affirming experience to children undergoing treatment for cancer.

I have watched them ring the doorbell and greet a child with a horse and an organized party of art activities, horse care and a ride, and a special lunch of pizza and pop!

I think that they have stayed true to their mission of providing a unique experience to our most vulnerable young patients.