It's the best place on Earth! Met my husband and my BFF there as an oncology camper in 1989. It's a place to feel normal as a cancer kid.
I can't find words to express how special this place and the staff are. They forever have a home in my heart!
My family and I were bless to be able to attend this amazing camp years ago when I was diagnosed with Leukemia. It's an amazing organization and helped me and my family through a very difficult time in our lives. The entire staff is absolutely amazing, caring, loving and tons of fun. Camp Okizu made a huge difference in my life and and will always be an organization near and dear to my heart!
Okizu is hands down the best thing to ever happen to me and I know I'm not alone on that. It helps families deal with the affects of childhood cancer, and it has helped me greatly throughout the years. I absolutely would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for Okizu.
Camp Okizu is the best that could happen to our family after dealing with cancer. It's a place where my kids feel safe and they can interact with other kids.
Camp Okizu is the best that could happen to our family. Both of my boys have had the best experiences and for us as parents it gives us the time to spend with each of them individually. I can see my son coming back from Oncology Camp more independent, possitive actitud, more confident, And its the best feeling as a mother. We might struggle throughout the year but for sure the week my kids spend at Camp Okizu it gives my family a fresh start.
Okizu is one of the best things that happened not just to myself but to my family. I tell my friends if u don't qualify to be a "camper" hopefully ur lucky enough to be a volunteer. This camp is fun,safe, and life changing in such a positive way you have to experience it for urself! Please take time and check out the website and hey if you don't have time to volenteer ...you can always donate;).
Camp Okizu has been a home away from home for my family! The camp located in Berry Creek is BREATHTAKING, and all of the staff has been amazing! You see, my little brother died from childhood cancer a few years ago, and my other brothers and I have continued to gain so much support from the community at Okizu! My family goes to family camp every summer and we always consider it a highlight. We know it is somewhere we can go as a family and be supported because others know exactly what we are going through! (Also, the food is amazing too!) HIGHLY RECOMMEND Camp Okizu!
My daughter has gone to Camp Okizu every summer for the last 7 years....sick or not. She's made and kept many amazing friends, loves to dance with her Oncology Doc, zip line, swim, wet boat/dry boat...and so much more. She caught her first fish ever with Bassmaster.This last summer she scored a bullseye with a bow and arrow...not bad for a girl with very low vision. She knew she did well because of the cheers around her. So many good memories and terrific people! Okizu has been an important part of my daughter's life....and we are so grateful for it!
Camp Okizu is a memorable place for all that experience it. I have volunteered at summer and family camps as a camp counselor and have made many friends at camp. I have seen dedicated leadership, staff and volunteers impact children socially by welcoming all children, and have seen staff support children while they continue to be kids! With children going through a variety of emotions (being a siblings or oncology camper) they are welcomed, supported and encouraged to be themselves without worrying about what others would say! Love this organization and I hope to get back this year!
As a bereaved family it's hard to go anywhere where you are truly understood. Camp Okizu is that place. The staff and setting are fantastic and creates a caring environment that honors all of our children, both living and dead.
Camp Okizu is the reason for every single happy summer I have ever had. I look forward to my week(s) at camp with burning anticipation, and have since the summer my twin brother was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma at the age of 9. I will never be able to adequately explain how big of an impact my Okizu family had had on my life since. I will forever be indebted to them.
Okizu has always been a special place for my family. After losing our son to cancer, we were sent to camp in order to begin to heal. We came to know some great families who shared similar circumstances, all while being supported by the exceptional staff of Okizu. We look forward to going year after year and being there for families who are just starting their journeys. I can't begin to imagine how they do what they do year after year, sharing their live and our heartache and pain, but they always are there.
Over one week I never thought that one camp would have such a big impact on my life. The love, happiness and kids excitement is what indescribable! I can't wait to go back, OKIZU is truly the happiest place on Earth!
My son was diagnosed with ALL at the age of 3. His siblings felt alone, and especially at school. My eldest was only 8 at the time and when she tried to tell her friends...they called her weird and didn't want to talk to her anymore. Camp gave her a place to belong. She could express her fears and frustrations and not be called names. Our children have gone to camp for 5 summers and has made life long friends. We go to family camp and connect with other parents who have gone through the same trials as us. The staff is amazing, and kind. They love the kids and my kids talk about their camp counselors all year hoping to get them again the following summer.
My favorite time of year is the last day of Sibs camp and oncology camp, because I love hearing my kids share their stories with each other . They laugh and talk about camp the whole way home. ❤️ That the get to share this experience with each other . No just my daughter who is in remission (13 yrs now ) it opened my sons eyes and heart hearing other sibs that have gone through a lot of stuff he did. He no longer feels as if he was the only sibling affected by cancer .
Thank you Camp OKIZU
The Guman Family!
I have been involved with Okizu for over 20 years...fundraising, board of directors, counselor at family camp, general worker bee...the magic and energy is deep in my heart, but little did I know how much strength it would give me when my own son (how ironic) would be diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma a year and a half ago at the age of 26...Strength, Hope and Comfort...Okizu taught me well..son is thriving...Okizu Strong!
My daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2002 and started going to camp Okizu in 2003. Both my sons went to Camp Okizu at Sibs camp. 2 of my adult children now enjoy the teen in twenties (TNT) program that Okizu offers. We as a family go every year to family camp. Camp Okizu is our favorite place to go. I can honestly say that Camp Okizu has shaped my daughters life in the direction she has chosen to go now that she is an adult. We are very grateful for all that Camp Okizu does for our family.