Nestled in the redwoods of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, Camp Heart + Hands may seem like any other typical summer camp—full of games, campfires and dozens of fun activities. But kids who attend this camp all share one thing in common: They each have a history of cancer or are currently undergoing cancer treatment.
Camp Heart + Hands is a free program offered by Jacob’s Heart, a nonprofit organization providing childhood cancer support services, in partnership with camp director Darcy Swisher, a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurse at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. It’s a special time for children and adolescents who have been faced with cancer, along with their families, to set aside their worries for a while and just have fun. During the three-day retreat, a number of activities take place, including a carnival, a rock-climbing wall, zip-lining, swimming, and arts and crafts. Many campers also arrived in fun cowboy hats and bandanas to fit in with this year’s western theme.
Stanford Children’s Health
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Lindsay de Borba
August 29, 2019