Reaching Out to Cancer Kids
Cancer can make children feel different from other children, and that may be one of the disease's worst side effects of all. That's what makes R.O.C.K. Camp so special. Established in 1976, Reaching Out to Cancer Kids, or R.O.C.K. Camp is the first camp for children with cancer in the U.S.
The American Cancer Society’s R.O.C.K. Camp, in partnership with Camp Boggy Creek, serves children and teenagers ages 7-16 who are referred by pediatric oncology centers and private practices and are currently being treated for cancer or who have received cancer treatment. Full time volunteer medical staff includes resident pediatric oncologists and nursing personnel.
Florida's first and only residential camp exclusively for children with cancer offers campers an opportunity to experience the fun and adventure of summer camp without having to feel different from other kids.
All R.O.C.K. Campers attend free of charge. Campers are encouraged to ride the American Cancer Society's free, chartered buses to camp.
R.O.C.K. Camp features traditional summer camp activities such as swimming, music, arts and crafts, archery, sports, fishing, talent shows, horseback riding and camp fires.
The American Cancer Society's R.O.C.K. College Scholarship Program is an award-winning college scholarship opportunity exclusively for students with a history of cancer. The program gives young cancer survivors a chance to pursue an undergraduate degree from an accredited Florida university, community college, or vocational technical school.
An American Cancer Society college scholarship is worth a maximum of $2,700 toward tuition per year, dependent on the number of hours taken, plus $300 per year for textbooks. All scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the American Cancer Society's volunteer college scholarship committee.
Established in 1992, the scholarship program is designed to provide young cancer patients an opportunity to reach their academic potential - and their career dreams - by earning a college degree.
The American Cancer Society’s Families R.O.C.K. Weekend was established in 2000 and is a fun, educational retreat for children with cancer and their families. Parents have an opportunity to learn more about the disease from medical professionals in a casual setting, while their children participate in fun, educational programs and activities. Anticipated Families R.O.C.K. Weekend outcomes range from increased compliance with treatment methods to enhancements to their quality of life.
Families R.O.C.K. Weekend offers families the opportunity to meet and bond with others facing cancer. Attendees learn how to cope with the side effects of pediatric cancer and its treatment in an environment conducive to learning and having fun. The weekend is held at Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.
There is no charge to Families R.O.C.K. Weekend participants. The American Cancer Society pays for lodging, food and transportation expenses. The program includes a variety of educational and fun activities for parents and children and a family visit to a Universal Orlando theme park.