activities like crafts, campfires, and recreation. And that helps them feel like kids again.Special Love was founded in 1983 by Tom and Sheila Baker of Winchester after they lost their daughter, Julie, to lymphoma at the age of 13. The Bakers wanted to give other children the chance to set aside their illness for a while and “just have fun.” Camp Fantastic, a week-long adventure for children ages 7-17 held in august at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal, was their first project and attracted 29 young cancer patients. Funding for the initial week of camp came from the Rotary Club of Winchester and other local donors. Additional programs added over the past 26 years have included family retreats, sibling programs, and weekend events for teens and young adults, including an outing in January when they can learn to ski or snowboard.Special Love now serves over 1000 people annually with the help of hundreds of volunteers. They also offer financial services to their camp families in the form of emergency utility payments and college scholarships. All of Special Love’s programs are supported by tax-deductible donations. For more information, visit www.specialove.org or call 888-930-2707.
Every kid has the right to be a kid – even kids with cancer. That’s the philosophy that drives Special Love, Inc., a Winchester-based non-profit for children with cancer and their families in the Mid-Atlantic region. Special Love sponsors Camp Fantastic and over a dozen other programs, giving young cancer patients the chance to enjoy traditional camp
positive activities. The organization has many success stories including the annual Thanksgiving dinner, which feeds over 3,000 people, and the annual Christmas Toy Drive, supplying over 500 families in need. The organization also supports those in need with shelter problems, family problems, substance abuse, spouse/child abuse or those just in need of a friend.For more information on becoming a friend of We Care, please call (410) 295-5223 or visit http://www.wecareandfriends.org/.
We Care and Friends is a non-profit volunteer organization that offers assistance to the homeless and those in need. The organization services those who are without resources in the communities surrounding the city of Annapolis. The organization is run by long time Annapolitan Larry Griffin, whose main goal is getting Annapolis communities involved in