Mission: One Step Programs from Children's Oncology Services, Inc. exist so kids with cancer can enjoy experiences and bond with other pediatric cancer patients outside of the hospital. We work to provide an environment where the shared experiences help provide hope, strength and understanding.
Results: In 1978, Dr. Edward Baum, a pediatric oncologist at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, had an idea. As a witness to the extended medical treatments of children with cancer, and the social and developmental challenges that can result from missed school and activities--Dr. Baum wanted to create a healing experience for these special kids. Children's Oncology Services, Inc., and its One Step At A Time Summer Camp were born.
The first summer, 40 campers and 14 volunteers traveled to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for the inaugural camp. For many of these children, it was the first time they connected with other kids just like them--and together they learned to challenge themselves in new ways while giving each other strength and hope along the way.
Over the past four decades, Children's Oncology Services has expanded its programming and services to meet the needs of more than 11,000 children and their families. Today, One Step Programs have expanded far beyond Summer Camp. Programs include government advocacy trips, skiing, horseback riding, and urban camps right in the heart of Chicago. Through One Step Programs, children learn that they are survivors, not patients, and they are not alone. Most important, campers often return home with a greater sense of hope, confidence and determination in their own journey with cancer.
Target demographics: pediatric cancer patients and surviviors
Direct beneficiaries per year: 600 children
Geographic areas served: midwestern states
Programs: Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Utah Ski Program, Springfield-IL Program, Chicago Day Camp, Whitewater Adventure Program, Washington D.C. Program, Brain Tumor Family Camp, Sibling Camp, Dude Ranch, and Family Camp.