Camp Agape is a special place where families have the opportunity to enjoy four carefree summer days, away from the sights and sounds of doctors, laboratories, and hospitals, where they spend so much of their lives. Children and their families engage in hands-on group activities that provide a reprieve from their daily challenges. For children and their families, this is a truly a time to refresh, reflect and form lasting bonds with Philoptochos and new friends to share their journey with.
Kids ‘n’ Cancer/ Camp Agape is a Philoptochos ministry inspired by Father John Bakus and Bishop Anthony of the Metropolis of San Francisco. It began at the Saint Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, California in 1989 and has expanded to camps in: Portland, Oregon, 1995; Gig Harbor, Washington, 1997; Ramona, California, 2005; and Mayer, Arizona, 2007. Camp Agape offers an all-expense-paid summer camp experience to hundreds of cancer-afflicted children and their families. The ministry also supports the Emilio Nares Foundation, which provides oncology transportation programs in San Diego and Orange counties.
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“Dear Jeannie & the Ladies Philoptochos Society,
We had such a wonderful time participating in Camp Agape at Oakbridge camp. We wanted to thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of it. Each activity that took place throughout the weekend was unbelievable. You amazed us with the amount of detail, precision and love that went into executing such a wonderful event.
Throughout our journey, there has been a question that Travis (our 11 year old son) has asked since his diagnosis in March of 2013. We as parents and the doctors have not always been able to answer this for him. His question is: “Who else do we know like me?” Well, this past weekend, thanks to you, we know many other kids like Travis in such a meaningful way. Whether we were doing crafts, the pool, archery, the Mid Way, hill slide, playing games, dancing, singing, eating, taking pictures or planting a tree, we all felt a special connection. We now have a bond that makes us stronger and more empowered knowing we are not alone. This is exactly what these kids and their families need. The friendships that were made with the kids and families will help make what we go through each day so much more bearable.
In closing, words don’t seem to be enough but we would like to say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, for a weekend that will forever live in our hearts. All of your efforts have become images that will stay with us for a lifetime. Thank You to each and every person that made this weekend possible. As a family, we talk about finding the Silver Lining in each day and you all are truly that for so many!”Family Testimonial