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.

2017 Retreat Schedule: 

Schedule is subject to change before Jan. 1 for the following year. For complete retreat dates, check back in January.

March 26 - April 1: Skiing & Snowboarding - Mt. Hood, Oregon - FULL

April 23 - 29: Surf & Standup Paddling - Hawaii - FULL

May 1 - 7: Surf & Standup Paddling - Hawaii - FULL

October 1 - 7: Surf & Standup Paddling -- Maui, Hawaii - Waitlist Only

November 5-11: Surf & Standup Paddling -- Maui, Hawaii - Waitlist Only

November 13-19: Surf & Standup Paddling -- Maui, Hawaii

To 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

This is Life Young Adult Cancer Survivor Retreat

In partnership with OHSU Knight Cancer Institute AYA Oncology Program

June 9-11: Eagle Creek, Oregon -- Collins Retreat Center in the beautiful Willamette Valley


In partnership with Stanford AYA Oncology Program

Late Summer 2017: Bay Area, California -- Dates and Location TBD


In partnership with Lurie Comprhensive Cancer Center AYA Oncology Program

2018: Illinois -- Dates and Location TBD


Open to both A4C alumni and young survivors new to our programing!


At Athletes 4 Cancer, we’ve been listening. Based on the the topics you’ve told us are important, we’ve assembled experts in their fields and young adult cancer for a FREE three-day, two-night weekend retreat. We are excited to announce our This is Life Young Adult Cancer Survivor Retreat. Join other young adults with cancer in small collaborative workshops meant to increase your knowledge and skills in dealing with topics relevant to you. Topics include:

  • The New Normal like acknowledging your identity as a survivor, how to cope and deal with fear of recurrence, managing late effects, and sex, dating and relationships.
  • Lifestyle like what is alternative medicine and how can it help, becoming an advocate and telling your story, and stress and your health.
  • Practical Matters like work and career, tools for good financial health after cancer, and navigating insurance.
  • Movement will offer intro to Qigong, beautiful hikes, and yoga.
  • Creativity will give you an opportunity to explore your cancer journey through photography, creative writing, or designing your own spirit lamp.

​We'll have dates soon! Please contact our Program and Outreach Director, Mindy Buchanan, if you are interested in getting date alerts.

Ambassador Program

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.


Make a Donation

Funds donated to Athletes for Cancer benefit our KORU Survivorship Program.


Get Involved

Ambassadors help give LIFE to someone after cancer. Wanna be one?


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