$1500 Sends a survivor to Camp
We believe that every survivor should have access to the healing characteristics that the elements and the outdoors offer. Be an agent of change in someone's life for just $1500.
- "You and the leadership team asked us what this trip meant to us, how it had affected us, and what we were taking away from it. My answer was true and from the heart, I had a blast, I learned so much and over came some serious frustration of stand up paddling." – Pazooki
Cancer survivors face unique challenges after cancer, with life turning upside down physically, emotionally, and psychologically. Athletes for Cancer's primary program focus is helping rebuild lives after cancer.
We use adventure-based experiences such as surfing, outrigger canoeing, standup paddling and snowboarding, as channels of healing and life-renewal that treat the mind, body, and soul. Athletes for Cancer’s programs aim help young survivors not just survive, but thrive in all aspects of life after their disease.
The generosity of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation helped Athletes 4 Cancer start and carry out this program. JWCF. Athletes 4 Cancer continues to sustain the programming through individual and foundation contributions and corporate gift matching.
Camp Koru Survivorship Program
Camp Koru is our adventure retreat program that empowers cancer fighters and survivors to find healing, achievement, and life renewal through outdoor experiences in the ocean and the mountains.
Camps run for 6 days, and are set in locations accommodating a safe learning environment for participants. Survivors are given the proper tools, professional instruction, and focused encouragement required to take on new challenges in a safe and controlled setting, such as – surfing, standup paddling, outrigger canoeing, and snowboarding. The journey is shared with peer survivors and the relationships formed at camp. Through the experience, survivors learn to overcome fears and face life's challenges, ultimately find their own ass-kicking potential after cancer.
The Camp Koru adventure retreats promote a healthy model for survivorship, grow survivor confidence, and help survivors find direction and life renewal by providing an attainable platform for personal success, self-growth, and achievement.
Camp Koru is open to young survivors who have been diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 40. Camps are FREE for survivors to attend! On occasion, we host special trips where a fundraising component may be required. Participants must arrange and cover their travel to camp.
2016 Retreat Schedule:
Schedule is subject to change before Jan. 1 for the following year. For complete retreat dates, check back in January.
March 27-April 2 Skiing & Snowboarding - Mt. Hood, Oregon
April 17-23 Surf & Standup Paddling - Hawaii
April 25-May 1 Surf & Standup Paddling - Hawaii
Fall Dates TBD: Surf & Standup Paddling -- Maui, HawaiiTo apply as a participant in one of our upcoming camps, check out the before you apply section of our FAQs, and then fill out an application.
Ohana Mana Ambassador Retreats
Our Ohana Mana Retreats bring together cancer survivors who have attended a Camp Koru session and are seeking a deeper, profound experience that can help them find a great sense of purpose and accountability in all areas of life after cancer.
Ohana Mana Pensacola - September 24-29, 2015
Location: The beautiful and peaceful coastline of Pensacola, Florida
Cost: Fundraising of a minimum of $500; airfare is additional. All food, accommodations, airport transfers, transportation and program activities are included.
APPLY HERE for an Ohana Mana Retreat
The Athletes 4 Cancer Ambassador Program empowers cancer survivors to harness their experience at Camp Koru as a purpose-driven launchpad for volunteerism and leadership in A4C and their communities.
The A4C Ambassador Program inspires cancer survivors who have attended Camp Koru to return as volunteers in many capacities within Athletes 4 Cancer and within their own communities. Motivated to strengthen their healing and purpose while helping others in their cancer journey, these individuals volunteer at events, at camp programs, and in the office at Athletes 4 Cancer. They also reach out to their local healthcare community, young survivor groups, and cancer facilities to spread the word about Camp Koru. Some of them are fantastic fundraisers. Others are amazing artists. All of them, however, inspire those around them with their tenacity, heart, and strength as part of moving forward after cancer.
Health & Wellness Sustainability
Athletes 4 Cancer is planning a Health Sustainability program that focuses on sustaining the impact of our KORU program long after camp ends. This plan includes a follow up program for the mind, body, and soul that provides hope, direction, energy, and inspiration to our survivors for years to come.