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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
This camp is an amazing place! The staff is kind and supportive and the weekends are unbelievably wonderful!
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.
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 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!
Review from Guidestar
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.