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Causes: Camps, Cancer, Counseling, Mental Health, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Sports

Mission: The mission of Okizu is to provide peer support, respite, mentoring, and recreational programs to meet the needs of all members of families affected by childhood cancer.

Results: When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the lives of both the patient and the entire family are changed forever. Children who are diagnosed with cancer miss a normal childhood. Their illness, treatment, and complications can keep them from enjoying activities that are often taken for granted. And yet, like all children, they need the opportunity to grow, experiment and discover independence. Siblings, who have a higher incidence of non-adaptive and at-risk behaviors, need support to maintain self-esteem and to manage anxiety and conflicting feelings. Parents, whose emotional and financial resources are severely strained, also need respite, encouragement and the opportunity to share information with other families who have had to make similar treatment and strategic decisions. Those who have tragically lost their children to cancer greatly benefit from being able to share their experiences and remember their loved ones with others who are also coping with the death of a child. Even long after the initial phase of treatment is concluded, young adults affected by childhood cancer also struggle to live normal lives and face their future with courage and hope. Situated on 500 beautiful acres near Lake Oroville, Okizu's unique approach allows us to address the emotional, psychological, and social needs of each family member, which are often neglected by traditional medical providers. One unique aspect of camp is grouping children together in all stages of treatment and recovery. By doing this, and not limiting the amount of summers a child can attend, we are able to provide a built-in peer support network that allows newly diagnosed campers to interact with other campers, similar in age and interest, who have already been through what they're currently forced to experience. Campers provide hope and encouragement to each other, simply by sharing a meal or a canoe ride together. As one camper so aptly put it, "Camp Okizu is my gas station. It fills me up and helps me get through the year." Tragically, more than 1,500 children in California are diagnosed with cancer every year. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of cancer in children is expected to continue to increase, between 1-4% a year. On a positive side, survival rates have increased dramatically during this same time period so that 70% of the children will survive. This combination of factors translates to a high demand for the services we provide to families affected by pediatric cancers.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 3,000 members of families with childhood cancer.

Geographic areas served: Northern California

Programs: Okizu provides free camp programs for any child or family in northern California and Nevada that is affected by pediatric cancer. Recognizing that childhood cancer affects the entire family, we provide programs for siblings, young adults, parents and families as a whole. Our camp programs include:

  • Oncology Camp: A one-week camp for 6-17 year-olds who have or have had cancer. Offered three times each summer, Oncology Camp provides children with cancer a chance to be a part of a close-knit group of friends and enjoy the challenges and excitement of outdoor activities, which are not normally a part of a sick child's daily life. Seeing other children who are bald or missing a limb and yet are still able to run, laugh and play can make a real difference in a child's ability to cope with cancer. This support is invaluable to a child's overall recovery from cancer and the often-rigorous treatments that must be endured.
  • SIBS (Special and Important Brothers and Sisters) Camp: Also a one-week summer camp for children 6-17 years old, SIBS Camp is one of the few places in the country where siblings receive emotional and psychological support to deal with their own unique set of challenges, including feelings of guilt, resentment, fear, confusion, and anger, which can be exacerbated by additional responsibilities placed on them and by the lack of time and support parents are able to provide.
  • Family Camp Weekends: Provided nine times per year, Family Camp is an experience designed to give families a few days of fun, play and relaxation, and to gain strength and support through discussions with other families who also struggle with the affects of pediatric cancer.
  • Bereavement Camp Weekends: Provided twice a year, Bereavement Camp began when a group of families suggested we hold a camp especially for those suffering from the loss of a child due to cancer. The Bereaved Family Camp Weekends give families the opportunity to speak more freely about their experiences and bond with others who are also coping with the death of a child.
  • Teens-N-Twenties (TNT) Program: Provided two weekends a year for young adults 18-25 years of age, TNT serves many of our prior campers, who had literally outgrown our camp programs but still felt a strong need to come together. These weekends provide the teenagers and young adults with an ongoing opportunity to strengthen their friendships and give and receive support from their peers.
Each year, Camp Okizu serves more than 3,000 children and families from 38 California counties and Nevada. Due to the enormous financial burden of cancer treatment, Okizu does not charge families a fee to attend or send their children to camp. Our corps of more than 600 trained volunteer counselors help to ensure that camp participants receive both the medical and emotional support they need, and that we are able to maintain a maximum 3 to 1 camper to staff ratio at all times.

Community Stories

207 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Alma L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Okizu has been an amazing support for my kids and family throughout many years, I am eternally grateful for the love and open heated volunteers and Organization.

Rachele A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a single disabled mother of two teenage boys, one who had been sick for years prior to being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma I felt alone and isolated.

My younger son, age 14, had become clinically depressed and had been hospitalized twice. When we learned about and were invited to a family camp I moved heaven and earth to make it happen. Although my older son was to sick to go I was able to find someone to care for him while I got to focus on my younger son.

It was amazing what 3 days at family camp did!! His depression immediately improved when he no longer felt alone. He met friends that still support each other through daily life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love camp okizu! My son has gone mist years and I plan to continue to send him!

Tenagne K G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If I could, I would give more stars! My son was 7 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer. With all the emotions that were flooding me, I thought I was losing my mind. The parent-to-parent support group meetings at Okizu played a very big role in my coping with the diagnosis, treatment, and its side effects. Both my boys, always, choose Okizu over Disneyland or any summer camp. Okizu is the only place where your child and family won't feel different. Everyone is welcome and understood. The staff and volunteers are amazing. We can't wait to rebuild Okizu.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has been involved with Camp Okizu for the last 15 years. All 3 of my daughters have attended Sibs camp for years, and we have attended Family Bereavement camp a number of times. It is a very special place in the hearts and minds of those involved!

Maryrose S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Okizu has been a place where my family and I started the healing process after a long year of our youngest daugther battling cancer. There is something magical about that place, the people who run it, and the other families you meet along the way. We are looking forward to being able to go back in person next year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our whole family is grateful to Okizu for helping us navigate and heal from our Juliette’s journey through leukemia and in to survivorship.

Okizu provided a safe space to laugh and cry and learn and grow. And climb trees and eat s'mores and zip line and make friendship bracelets and count stars as we fell asleep. And to know we’re not alone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the best organizations for us being a bereaved family of child hood cancer. Not only did it give our family a sence of normalcy again, but they also give families the same that are in process of caring for children fighting cancer as well as there siblings.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Okizu was there when we needed them most. Their love an support got our son through some of the hardest times in his life and gave his sisters and my husband and I a safe and supportive outlet. We can't thank Okizu enough for everything the are and everything they do for families faced with Childhood Cancer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough stars to rate Okizu.

There is not much worse than one of your kids having cancer, or having to tell his brother that.

Okizu is an incredible organization that provides support and a necessary respite from what can be a brutal reality. They do this extremely well, and by all accounts do it fiscally responsibly, and with a huge heart.

Okizu supports families with pediatric cancer. Our family went to an Okizu family camp at the recommendation of our Pediatric Oncologist. It helped us immensely - not just our "patient kid" but the "sibling kid" and parents as well.

My favorite Okiuzu story is after that first family camp, my then 9 -year old son, recovering from Lymphoma, was going to attend his first "kids" only Okizu camp. At nine, he almost baled out from being scared. But, but my genius wife told him: "just go for one day - and if you don't like it we will come to get you." Well, he went! A day or so in, we got a call from the camp nurse that he had a random earache. Having already been to camp, we 110% trusted the volunteer nurses and doctors on site. They fixed him up and he had a blast! We talked to him on the phone the next morning and he reported how the nice Camp Counselors, doctors, and nurse fixed him better than a regular doctor visit and how much fun he was having.

There are a lot of great non-profits in the world. Some focused on people, some on pets, and some on the environment. Support your favorites for sure, but this one deserves support and uses its resources extremely well on its focused mission.

Autumn S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our son was diagnosed with Leukemia, we felt very alone. One of the silver linings of our cancer journey was finding Camp Okizu. Suddenly we were surrounded by families who understood and supportive staff. I am especially grateful for siblings camp, where my other two children were seen and heard. This was especially infrequent during their brother’s treatment. Camp Okizu was a lifesaver for our family of five.

brita

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing place where we felt relaxed & seen by our fellow families affected by childhood cancer. Made friends & memories that we will cherish forever.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

One of a kind experience. Being surrounded by nature & fellow families that have been touched by childhood cancer like ours is a beautiful thing. That sense of community & understanding that you can only get from people that have been through it. The counselors were so amazing with the kids & we all had an amazing weekend. Can’t waut to go back!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Okizu is the BEST!!! I was privileged enough to get to help out at Okizu for many years. The work that they do there is beyond amazing!

Debbie186

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter was 11 when she got cancer. Our daughter, her siblings and our family went to camp okizu and loved our experience there .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp okizu was such a blessing when my daughter had leukemia. Camp okizu provided fun for our whole family, which was greatly needed. Gave our family a sense of normalcy. Camp okizu supports the child with cancer, their siblings and parents.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When our son passed from cancer, we were so lost as a family. We sunk into deep depression and sadness. We had heard about Camp Okizu and ended up reluctantly signing up for a bereaved family weekend. When that Friday came and it was time to go, my husband began to back out and then our kids. Even I felt afraid. But we went anyway. I think we were just so desperate for help.
The minute we arrived, we were greeted by loving smiles and people who truly cared about our pain. We attended meals and meetings and campfires. We played games and visited a beautiful art/game room where we found peace. We paddled on a gorgeous lake and giggles rolled out of our souls for the first time in a long time. We gazed at stars and felt the peace that surrounded camp. We met other families that felt just like us. Lost.
Camp Okizu saved us. They gave our family hope and validation. We are so terribly sad about the fire that took this magical place away. Even though we only attended 2 family camps, just
Knowing it was there gave us hope. We knew it was there if we needed it.
Okizu is the most amazing organization and lights up the world for so many children and families each year that would otherwise be lost in a dark and lonely world of childhood cancer. Thank you, Camp Okizu, for helping the Joey Mooney family find some peace and hope again.

Karl E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an extraordinary organization! I volunteered for 4 years. My experiences included managing late teen sibling campers, assisting at family camps and sibling teen weekend events. With so many oncology campers, Okizu considered it just as important to offer their camp to the brothers and sisters of actual patients! I always considered this an incredible and wonderful altruistic commitment on their part. I'm so extraordinarily proud of my time with them. So great. What a valuable asset to these families during difficult times.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son Jeff was diagnosed with leukemia LLC in 2008 when he was 8 years old, and in 2009 was he’s first time in camp Okizu. He was there the whole week, and when we went to pick hem up from the bus stop in Palo Alto, he was crying because he didn’t want to come back home from camp Okizu. The following years we went as family, year after year it was our family vacation, Okizu was such a fun and healing place, thanks to all the staff members, doctors, and volunteers. God bless them all. It’s so sad , hurtful, and devastating what happened this year to camp Okizu.

Lisa Levene S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Okizu was there for our family when we needed it the most!!! We Love them for all the support and best of times for Family Camp, Sibling Camp, & Onc Camp! We ❤️❤️❤️ Okizu ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We ❤️❤️❤️ Camp Okizu!! As a Family we will never forget what they did for us. Oncology Camp for my son going through Pediatric Brain Cancer being able to go to Oncology camp and have fun while on treatment was the best! He was able to have fun and leave his health, family, and worries aside for awhile. Our daughters attended Sibs Camp and left it all behind to have fun too!! And we attended Family Camp too!!! We are so Thankful for the opportunity given to our family! Thank you Okizu, you are the Best!!!

Mike C.14

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is a brain tumor survivor. The experience was devastating to our family on several levels. Okizu is an organization that not only provided us with some fun family times, but we also gained a wealth of knowledge and companionship from other families similarly situated. We attended family camp - my survivor attended survivor camp - and his brothers attended sibs camp. A truly wonderful organization.

Karen Wapp L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Okizu has been my favorite nonprofit for over a decade. Obviously I’m impressed and amazed at everything they offer the kids and their families.

I’ve been fund raising and volunteering at events along with co-workers and my daughter for many years. My favorite project was a prep/clean up weekend for the annual camp opening. It was a inspiring to meet the staff and work at the campgrounds. Okizu is a very special program.

Nicole Adamo C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Okizu has provided a safe space for families to heal. They provide an amazing service to kids with cancer and their families. I will always be grateful for the love and support of the Okizu family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for Okizu's existence. I volunteered as a camp counselor for Okizu two years ago and immediately fell in love with the organization's mission and work. It is clear that Okizu is critical in the healing process for families affected by childhood cancer. The kids love the camp; it is their home away from home and their Disneyland. I can't wait for the day when Okizu can rebuild, because I know my commitment to being a volunteer for it is lifelong!

Mary-j T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beneficial for kids with cancer and their families. Welcoming and secure,great place to donate!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Okizu runs a very organized and caring camp, from the transport to camp, welcome, cabins, food, activities, games and counselors. This was our families first year at family camp, and our kids to siblings camp and oncology camp. All want to go again and also become dishie volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I could give to camp Okizu every day for the rest of my life,  and I still will not give them nearly as much as they have given to me. I love Okizu!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Okizu is so much more than a summer camp. It is a community and support and my child calls it a home away from home. We have been attending family camps and summer programs for almost ten years. Even though my child has been in remission for years now, we still benefit from this beautiful camp and caring community.

Donor

Rating: 5

Camp Okizu is pure magic!! An amazing organization that makes a meaningful impact.

Janie Bykowski D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Okizu is a fantastic organization that provides incredible support to families dealing with pediatric cancer. From their amazing camps, support groups, family outreach, and online zoom activities they do everything they can to help these families form positive memories.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ive gone to camp Okizu for 9 years, it is the most amazing place with the most incredible people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I wouldn’t trade my summers there for anything. Thank you Camp Okizu for the wonderful memories and lifelong friendships.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am involved each year at the fundraiser.
I am always amazed at the generosity of Okizu. So many great stories.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Life changing. This organization has been completely life changing. It is the one place where I had confidence and felt totally myself as a teen and is still sometimes that place now as an adult and volunteer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Okizu is a true work of heart! The beautiful melding of what children and families want with what they NEED is second to none. There are not words that are wonderful, outstanding or amazing enough to convey what this organization means to the children who are fighting or have fought cancer and to their siblings and families. Camp Okizu gives children who are fighting for their lives a chance to LIVE ❤️

Amal P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Camp Okizu was such a positive experience for our family at family camp and then for my son while he's stayed camp okizu multiple times after our first visit. The staff is so energetic and friendly and during the time there it's just a magical experience overall. There was so many wonderful memories made by everyone who visits and it really does make you forget the whole reason why you're there. We can't wait for Camp Okizu to rebuild so we can continue enjoying the benefit of the camp, not only for our family but countless others! Thank you for everything you have done and continue doing! #okizustrong

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our first time coming to this camp was last year 2019 and it was nine months after my 2 year old was diagnosed with ALL. It was the most rewarding and healing family experience EVER! We were able to connect with other families who have been in our situation and going through it with us. Our son had been hospitalized since February and this was his first outing and to see him have fun fishing and build a connection with a camp volunteer was so heartwarming. I will forever cherish our time with Okizu.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter is a childhood cancer survivor. She’s attended Camp Okizu for years. She says,”These are my people, Mom. I don’t have to explain. I don’t have to do anything but just me. They get it. “.

I cannot fully put into words what this camp does for my daughter. To be young, well, most teens think they are invincible. But kids who have gone through the hell that is cancer treatment, they know that tomorrow isn’t a given, time is fleeting and fickle.

The only ones who really understand are those who have walked the path and Camp Okizu has allowed my daughter to make deep connections with peers who understand and that is priceless.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cuando mi hijo Alex Vega fue diagnosticado con ewings sarcoma, se nos cayó en casa el mundo encima, todos los planes que el tenia en presente y futuro se desvanecieron,
por supuesto todas sus actividades cambiaron, pero nunca su entusiasmo y sonrisa.
Llego el momento que no podía viajar, pero afortunadamente apareció OKIZU en su vida, nuevas aventuras, nuevos amigos, una experiencia que se llevo con el corazón.
El tenia 16 años cuando partió, pero estoy seguro que en los amigos que pudo encontrar en OKIZU siempre lo llevaran en sus corazones.
GRACIAS OKIZU

Client Served

Rating: 5

Okizu, is such an amazing place! I was diagnosed with "ALL" at age 4, which was hard for the whole family. We were told about Okizu and we started going to family camp, which was beneficial for all of us. I then started going to summer camp around the age 6, and my sisters went to siblings camp well into are teens. It was a place for me to escape, to be somewhere where I wasn't labeled. I am so grateful to Okizu that I actually got the logo tattoed on my ankle. Today I turn 40 and will forever be grateful for Okizu and everything that they continue to do.

Mayra S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t think of a better organization that not only provides respite and support to families stricken with childhood cancer, but also offers lasting memories, compassion and joy. As a SIBS camper turned retired counselor, I look to camp days as my best days and will always support and donate to their cause.

Jenny S.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been to 2 family camps and our son has been to 3 sibs weeks and bereaved weekends. This camp has been our safe haven where we can talk openly about losing our daughter to cancer. Our son doesn’t feel like an outsider knowing he is among other siblings in the same situation. We truly feel loved and so supported by this organization and can’t wait to return!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2016, our daughter was diagnosed with AML and say lost her battle 5 months after diagnosis. Although she never got the opportunity to experience camp Okizu, we have been numerous times. Our son as been to 3 sibs weeks and 1 bereaved teen weekend. He absolutely looks forward to going every year!! We have truly found a safe place for our bereaved family and look forward to many years there and our son looks forward to becoming a counselor one day.

Catrina H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Okizu is a magical camp that I have been attending since I was 6 years old (I am 22 now). I spent a week almost every summer at Okizu and I know it as a second home! It is somewhere where lives are changed and lifetime bonds are made! Even with current events we are able to remember all of those magical summers at camp and remain #okizustrong ❤️

Cayla Michelle G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I signed up to volunteer for Okizu for the kids. And I walked away with heartstrings forever attached to this very special place. Okizu makes a difference in the lives of everyone who are fortunate enough to experience its magic. I’m grateful and honored I was able to be a part of this support network for these children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Okizu is an amazing organization that provides support, respite and hope for so many kids and families that are affected by pediatric cancer. We love Okizu!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This camp I knew would be great for my kids but I was surprised at how much I got out of it. Every family member dealing with cancer should go❤❤❤❤

Client Served

Rating: 5

Okizu has served my three children since they were very young up until adulthood. They were campers year after year, and loved it so much that they became adult counselors when they graduated from the program. Okizu has a huge piece of our hearts! They are imbedded in our memories and we are grateful for all the love & support, they mean the world to us!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with them and they are the most caring organization I have known.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this amazing organization for over 4 years now and got to learn quite a bit about the org and the people behind it. They treat you with utmost respect and take care of you through out your stay and you can see how passionate they are with what they are doing and the things they ask you to do as part of volunteering. Highly recommend if you are looking for volunteer opportunities.

Kaylee H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family found Okizu years after we lost my older brother. We attended Family Camp and my younger brother and I attended SIBS Camp. This place is absolutely amazing. The love and support you experience is unmatched. I no longer felt like I was alone. There were other people going through what my family had gone through. I had support from kids my age. I had people who knew my pain. My heart will always be with Okizu and I will never forget how they helped me when I needed it the most.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This camp has truest changed my life. It does so much good for kids that need it the most. It is my family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Okizu is a spectacular organization. I attended as a SIBS camper from 2009 to 2014 and since then have volunteered as a camp counselor. I also got to be a part of Family Camp and Bereaved Teen Weekends over my teen years and really benefitted from those programs too. Cancer makes life hard for families and Okizu is a real form of healing for families affected by cancer. The food, facilities, and medical staff, and safety measures were really legitimate, so it’s truly a safe space for kids both emotionally and physically. This camp was so fun and healing for me and I don’t think I would have been able to cope with my life or become as happy again after losing my brother if it weren’t for Okizu and the amazing and understanding friends I met there. Camp Okizu staff always do everything in their power to make sure kids have fun, feel safe, and gain lots of security and self-confidence during their week stay. This was done for me at Camp Okizu throughout my teen years. Over the years, Okizu helped me work through a lot of emotions and gain acceptance. As a volunteer, I have witnessed my campers come out of their shell, forge friendships, grow, and glow under the loving and supportive atmosphere at the camp. The camp is really a safe space for these kids to come home to. It is deeply upsetting to the Okizu community that Okizu has lost its buildings to a recent wildfire. Even though Okizu has suffered a temporary loss of its physical place, the foundation continues to provide programs to help kids affected by cancer in their families. Even during COVID-19, Camp is making sure these kids have a platform to receive mentoring, have some fun, take a break, and come together. Truly an amazing organization with well executed programs. Thank you for everything, Okizu!

Erika Deeble C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Okizu is an amazing organization! We love going to camp each year spending time with other families affected by childhood cancer. All of the volunteers and staff care and make everyone feel welcome.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Camp Okizu! We have made wonderful memories there with quality family time and making new friends. All of the counselors and staff are amazing.

Ray H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just turned 18 this summer and heard about the camp from my sister who volunteered as a counselor the previous year. I'm not going to say much, but I was a pretty tech-focused, computer person (majoring in CS right now) and I will say that there is no doubt I will volunteer again next year. No doubt. Other than helping the kids to have a great time, all the joy (and sadness) I experienced during camp affects my own view in life - from as simple as appreciating my own family and also my health.
Unfortunately, I did not get to take any picture to avoid electronics as much as possible during the camp.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Okizu changed our life. When you have a child battling cancer it's so hard to find help and support. Okizu exceeds in making sure families connect with other families. They have so many understanding and caring individuals that volunteer their time to help make a wonderful family weekend away or a week away for children, siblings and families feel normal again and get to enjoy so many experiences. Thank you Okizu for the laughter, the healing and the love you can feel at camp.

1 Natascha S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a camper at sibs camp for years. They helped my mental health by giving me a safe place to be, positive attention, and a group of peers I could share my experiences with.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Camp Okizu was my solace as a child. Everyone gives their time and attention to each child. They have far more love, backbone and patience than I could ever have. I have the fondest memories and I learned so many cool things. I can even still sing most of the songs! "Ooooooooh we're from Okizu, our camp is a good one....." Thank you Okizu

1 Sam O.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

this organization has some of most kind and patient people ive ever met. they not only provide a fun experience for cancer patients, survivors, and their families, they provide a space in which no one there has to worry about the taboo of cancer making a conversation or situation awkward. all campers have had their own experience with it and are able to freely talk about it with others in their age group who truly understand. its a beautiful location with lots of activities for anyone to enjoy, even for the adults who might not want to line dance or craft. they also provide amazing food, a very comfortable nurse station, and an extremely devoted staff. the counselors are what make this experience mean so much to a child and young adult, patient and kind and dedicated to keeping people on a schedule that encourages them to be active and enjoy nature for its beauty while sharing a bonding experience with their peers. whether you like more low energy activites like drawing or archery or more high energy activites like running or soccer they have it all. along with plenty of events and teamwork activities to encourage working together while being understanding of more introverted kids. okizu is an amazing place and it made me, my brother, and my sister very happy when we were younger. my brother and i attended siblings camp while our sister attended the camp for those with/recovering from/or recovered from cancer. please help keep okizu alive.

1 Judy M.8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Exceptional nonprofit organization offering amazing activities and cherished memories for children and families battling childhood cancers.

1 Eric S.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

My oldest son has attended the Sibs camp the last three years and absolutely loves it. So much focus was on my youngest son when he’s been in treatment, Okizu but the function on my oldest. It’s been so good for him in so many ways, thank you for everything you do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with cancer at age 16 and lived until he was almost 22. As both camper and counselor at Camp Okizu, he developed a strong sense of self-worth and a chance to grow his talents. He was always aware that an extraordinary group of people cared deeply for him.
Our daughter, who was five years younger, got the help and empathy she badly needed at Sibs camp as both camper and counselor. She, too, was able to find self-esteem and learn valuable skills that still serve her today.
During all of those years, Okizu and its people were lights in our darkness, a place where we could be sure to find love, understanding, and the most compassionate friends we'd ever known.

1 Stacey R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Okizu has changed the lives of children and families living with pediatric cancer. Okizu gives them respite from their daily lives and health struggles and allows the children and their siblings to come to camp for an entire week (for free thanks to donations). I’m a nurse at camp every summer and this camp and the campers have changed my life for the better. I think I’m giving a lot when I volunteer but I’m actually getting more out of it every year. These children are so brave and strong and make lasting friendships, memories, and inner strength to get through their year thanks to Okizu and the loving, safe and fun environment it provides!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Okizu provided a sense of belonging for me and my family. My mom was raising three kids on her own when I was diagnosed with cancer. Okizu brought an outlet and support system for her and my siblings. I am forever grateful for the positive influence that Okizu created in our lives and hearts during such a dark time.

1 Johanna B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Okizu is an amazing and magical place! I love the positive energy of all the camp counselors I love the Camp medical staff who are so kind to everyone on site! I love the great big smiles, the laughter throughout camp and most of all the big ole hugs!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is a childhood cancer survivor. This camp is a place where she feels she can relate to the other kids, they understand what she's gone through. It makes her feel surrounded by folks to whom she doesn't have to explain what it means to go through YEARS of chemotherapy. An awesome place!

1 Dustin S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been going to this camp every summer since he was 6 years old. He is now 17 and is looking forward to giving back to this organization by becoming a counselor next summer when he is 18. He even went this summer as a dishy. He has made so many friends through Camp Okizu, some he has had since he was a 6 years old camper. I would recommend this organization to any family that has/had a child with cancer or their siblings.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our middle daughter was diagnosed with ALL when she was one. Our older daughter was three. Our first experience was when our oldest was 8 - put her on a bus knowing no one for a 5 hour bus ride for a week at Siblings Camp. She wanted to go back right away! Our middle daughter enjoyed Oncology Camp from age 6 until she died at age 11. By then, we had another daughter -both of the remaining kids went to camp until they aged out and became counselors (the youngest even became a dishie!) This camp was the best thing to happen to our family! It made the girls realize that they weren't alone. Some of their closest friends came from camp. All at no charge!

1 Anna Rose F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Okizu is a really special place where people get to come together and really be themselves. I’ve been volunteering every summer for the past 4 years and every year I can’t wait to go back. The impact you get to see yourself make in just 7 day’s is remarkable and humbling and something I believe everyone should experience. Camp okizu is not just a summer camp but is a magical place where everyone gets to be special and included, it is a place that I look forward to going every year, to leave my world behind and become a helping hand in this fantastic organization that means so much to so many people. It’s hard to put into words the feeling you have after camp has ended but I recommend you experience it for yourself sometime.

1 Kelly H.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Okizu is an amazing place that has helped my family so much. It is a safe place for kids with cancer and kids who have had to battle cancer in their young lives.