Plain and simple okizu saved my life. I was 13 when I got sick and became reclusive, okizu brought me back to life. I am forever in their debt!
My son Nathan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at 2 years old. Spending time at Camp Okizu as a family, getting support from other families in the same situation has been invaluable in our journey to recovery. My son is now in remission and attends oncology camp every summer. It's his favorite place in the world and our family supports this wonderful nonprofit wholeheartedly.
I started going to Camp Okizu at a young age I think about 5 or 6 so a little more than 20 years ago, and I truly enjoyed every moment that I've had there. From kayaking, archery, night hikes, baseball lunch, learning silly camp songs, and even talking about the reason why camp Okizu exist...The location may have changed but the memories will last a lifetime. Thanks OKIZU!
My son, Nicholas Moore was diagnosed with ALL in 1987. He died at the age of 9, in 1993. Camp Okizu has an amazing program that help me enrich my children's lives during their formative years. I can see the positive impact that the Okizu Foundation has on their lives today, they are in their thirities. They are confident in dealing with crisis in their own lives, as well as they are comfortable reaching out for help. They learned from role models how to be a role model. Camp Okizu gave them memories of a happy childhood.
My 2 sons attended Camp Okizu as patient and sibling for multiple years spanning 2006-2013. They both loved going and had wonderful things to say! The experience enriched their lives. My son has not attended bereavement camp yet. - Thank you for providing my sons such great memories!!!
I have volunteered with Okizu for many years now and I can honestly say it is the most magical place on Earth. As soon as you drive on to the property it's like there is an electricity in the air. The programs are amazing for the kids and families served. The weight that has been lifted off of everybody's shoulders is clearly visible just after a day or two. There are weekends for the whole families to come up and spend time together and with other families that have been affected by childhood cancer, week-long summer camp sessions for both patients/survivors and their siblings, weekends specifically for bereaved teenagers, and weekend trips for young adults.
I attended Family Camp in 2014 and 2015. Camp Okizu provides incredible support to families facing pediatric cancer. The opportunity to experience a sense of normalcy in spite of everything was wonderful.
I attended Camp Okizu as a Sibling (SIBs) from 1987-1998. My sisters also attended the SIBs and Oncology summer programs and my family participated in the weekend family camps. Okizu was an invaluable resource for our family. The comfort, confidence, love and support we received through Okizu was huge. Having experienced, first hand, the benefits that their programs provide I have continued to work with them as a summer camp counselor, work weekend volunteer, and assisting in their various fundraising events. Their staff is amazing! Thank you for all that you have done for our family and continue to do for our community!
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I volunteered as a counselor for Camp Okizu two summers in a row. It is an incredible, life-changing, and inspirational organization. Through volunteering with Camp Okizu, I have met some of the best people I have ever known - people who truly care about making a positive difference in the lives of children and teens coping with cancer. It is wonderful to see the campers simply being kids and having fun (and camp truly is, the MOST FUN place I have ever been). There were moments at camp when I'd pause and think, "This is the best day of my life," so needless to say, each day at camp was a "best day." I cannot express enough how much this organization means to me. I am forever grateful to have served the campers so that they too think, "This is the best day of my life," each day of camp.
I am a SIBS camper at Okizu. This year was my tenth year as a camper. Okizu is an amazing place where no one judges you, you can be yourself, you feel special and important, and everyone there can relate. Okizu to me is my second home ,my peace, my happiness, my world. If i could go anywhere in the world i would go to Okizu; not Paris, not Rome, not anywhere else. Okizu is beautiful, you are surrounded by nature, caring people, and excitement. I LOVE OKIZU!!!
Okizu is a beautiful place for those of us families dealing with childhood cancers. Both of my daughters have used the summer camps (sibs and oncology) and we have been to the family camps for 5 years. This place is perfectly run and they never stray from their mission. Beautiful organization with impeccable taste and caring souls.
Okizu has made such a profound impact on my life. I have been a SIBS camper for six years and a 'bereaved' camper for two of those years. The wonderful, empathetic, loving, huge-hearted, down-to-earth humans who make Okizu happen have helped me relax, heal, understand my family's situation, and feel less alone. Okizu provides a wonderful place AT ABSOLUTLEY NO COST for kids and families affected by childhood cancer when they most desperately need it. While Okizu is surrounded by beautiful nature, it is also clean, comfortable, and handicap accessible. It is the perfect escape. Okizu is so very close to my heart and the hearts of many, many others.
I can still remember that first day I got on that bus. I was 6 years old and had no idea that Okizu would have such a impact on my life. 27 years later Okizu is still one of the best memories of my life. It's the one place where people like me can be normal or feel normal. A safe place to talk about our scars or the fact we have no hair. A place to make lasting friendships that I still have today. Okizu made my cancer ok. Gave me strength, wisdom, and humbled my soul. I am so thankful I got to spend my summers there. I take those memories with me always . If I haven't said this before I'll say it now! Thank you Mr. john Bell and family I love you all dearly
As the mother of a Leukemia patient and survivor, I have seen first had what an amazing place Camp Okizu is. We have had the pleasure of attending family camp with other wonderful families that have travelled down similar roads and common journeys. It is really important to have the time to meet other families who have or are currently going through similar situations. My daughter will be going to her last year of oncology camp this year and she is really looking forward to attending. After this year, she hopes to be a counselor to help other kids that are fighting their own battles. Thank You Okizu!!!
As a volunteer, I saw the good Camp Okizu does for the kids as well as for their parents (siblings too). The children were simply having a wonderful time having fun and being treated as children and not patients. Hard to imagine it could get any better. I've also seen many of the letters and videos the children have produced in support of the Camp -- and they love it!,
Camp Okizu is amazing. We have gone to the family camp and it just is nice to have people who understand what childhood cancer dose to a family. The Oncology and Sibs camp not only gave my girls a break from cancer but I think it has changed their life. What they learn and the healing that takes place at camp just can't happen anyplace else for some of these kids. Their is no words to describe how thankful I am for this place.
This is the best experience that my kids have ever had! My four children had lost their sibling from cancer and this camp allowed my kids to connect with other kids with siblings who have lost their sibling or have had siblings who had gone through cancer. This camp allowed my children to have a week of pure fun but to also talk about their feelings and experiences while they suffered their loss. The staff are all so nice! After they get home from camp, I know that they have made life long friends and they already look forward to the following year. I am so thankful for Camp Okizu and appreciate all they have done and given to my children!
Our first trip to Okizu was in May for Family Camp...it was the first time since our Daughter's diagnosis of leukemia last year that she was able to really experience being a "normal" kid again. Her brother seemed to laugh more than I've seen in a long time. Who would have thought that someone who mainly was in a wheelchair to get around would be zip-lining?! Absolutely incredible Organization and Volunteers! We'll be back.
I was a camper and a counselor for Okizu.... When my brother passed away while I was at SIBS camp, I had the most amazing support EVER!
I was then able to return that love and support as a counselor....
Camp Okizu rocks socks and I would, to this day, recommend it to families going through the battle....