Programs

EXPLORE OUR 2015 – 2016 ANNUAL REPORT

At Camp Happy Days, we believe that each child battling cancer shows us the greatest example of heroism. They are brave, determined, hopeful and powerful heroes, demonstrating day after day that they will do everything in their power to prevail over cancer. What a privilege it is for us to be part of their fight!

No Child Should Fight Alone
Total Number Served: 1,622

CAMP HAPPY DAYS ANNUAL WEEK-LONG CAMP
(number served: 261)

This week long flagship event is for children diagnosed with cancer and their siblings, ages 4-16. This powerful, life changing experience helps these children build self-esteem, courage, confidence and trust in an incredibly active, high energy environment created just for them.

COUNSELOR IN TRAINING
(number served: 10)

After being a camper until the age of 16 we have a special program for our former campers to become junior counselors. Campers will train at Camp when they are 17 and work together to help program areas along side a seasoned counselor to teach them the ropes. The program focuses on team building, responsibilities, leadership and team work skills.When these teens are 18 and 19 they are fully prepared to be junior counselors.

DREAM DATES
(number served: 10)

A very special, customized day or night created to make dreams come true for children struggling with their cancer treatments or are celebrating the end of treatment. The activities are geared toward the child’s interest.

FAMILY WEEKEND
(number served: 161)

A special weekend designed for the entire family. This invaluable opportunity is for parents to connect with others, where they learn, share and develop tools to cope with the stress and anxiety of their child’s diagnosis.

FAMILY ASSISTANCE
(number served: 186)

In the first five years of diagnosis or after relapse, the family has access to financial assistance with bills, food cards, fuel cards and other resources to help the family through that time.

DOODLEBUG ACTIVITIES
(number served: 58)

Outings designed for our preschool to 3rd grade kids. During this time, parents and children engage in a fun activities with volunteers and summer camp counselors to build those relationships.

PRE-TEEN & EXTREME TEENS
(number served: 74)

Specifically designed for teenagers diagnosed with cancer, this program allows teens to interact with one another, share experiences, and enjoy fun unlike they can anywhere else. This program also shares a special partnership with the Medical University of South Carolinas’ Can-Teen Program, serving newly diagnosed teenagers. Adela’s Extreme Teen programs are sponsored by the Run For Adela.

VALENTINE’S DAY
(number served: 40)

Handmade Valentine’s cards and a special gift are hand delivered to each child who is in the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Greenville Memorial Children’s Hospitals, and MUSC Children’s Hospital on Valentine’s Day.

F.A.C.T. CLINIC
(number served: 186)

Follow-up After Cancer Treatment or F.A.C.T. at the Medical University of South Carolina is a therapy program for youth and young adult cancer survivors. Camp Happy Days provides a substantial and healthy meal for patients who must fast for 24 hours in preparation for medical tests and for families who have traveled a far distance. Nutritious meals are provided 24 times a year to over 250 pediatric cancer survivors.

CHD CHECK UP
(number served: 120)

Special visits from a Camp Happy Days team member while the child is in the hospital to bring a smile to their face when they don’t feel very good. The child can request a nice meal, make a craft, play games or have a story time just for them.

FAMILY REUNION
(number served: 126)

All Camp Happy Days families are invited for a reunion day with activities, food and fun. It is a chance for families to reconnect and find common bonds.

HOLIDAY GIVING
(number served: 172)

Volunteers, donors and friends of Camp Happy Days join forces to adopt a family of a child diagnosed with cancer, helping the parents to fulfill their children’s Holiday wishes.

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
(number served: 192)

This festivity is an opportunity for all Camp Happy Days families to gather and celebrate the upcoming Holidays. It’s a special time with a catered meal, arts and crafts, music, games, and a visit from Santa Claus.

Program Highlights

Dream Date: Danny Nicoll
Wednesday, November 16th | Myrtle Beach, SC
Danny, Mom, Dad, Sister, 2 Staff & 2 Volunteers

Happy Days is thankful that we had the pleasure to give Danny and his family a special Dream Date this fiscal year! A day celebrating Danny’s victory through his battle of cancer took place in Myrtle Beach, SC. This 10 year old boy has spent the last two and a half years battling Leukemia. The day started off right with a stretch Limo provided by Extreme Limo of Myrtle Beach to make the family feel super special. Mom, dad, Danny and his 7 year old sister got to enjoy the day doing activities that were all free to the family! This special Date started with lunch at Extreme Pizza, a visit to Ripley’s Aquarium, shopping at Toys & Co. and building a remote control car at RideMakerz, exploring at Wonder Works and ending the day at Hard Rock Cafe for dinner where we presented Danny with a PS4, which is what he was really wanting. To take it over the top we ended with a glow stick party in the Limo for the ride home. When the beautiful stretch Limo pulled up to their house Teresa and Amanda (two Camp Happy Days staff) said, “Yay! You are home from a fun day!” and both kids said, “Awh we don’t want this day to end.” The magic and wonder that goes into a Dream Date really does take away the everyday stress and worry of battling cancer. Thank you to everyone who made Danny’s Dream Date so special and giving his family hope as they spent the first year of their treatment feeling alone without much support before they were introduced to Camp Happy Days and the life changing support made possible by all of you! Together we change lives.

Adela’s Extreme Teen Water Weekend
Friday, May 20th – Sunday, May 22nd
Trashland Plantation, Wadmalaw Island
11 teens battling cancer and one sibling | 3 new teens attended

Adela’s Extreme Teen Weekend was another great success this year! This event is always held a month before Camp. The weekend allows teens battling cancer to come together for a weekend full of excitement, deep conversation, and lots of fun! The weekend is designed to help teens gain confidence and self-empowerment through a weekend away from parents, the hospital, and their normal worries from cancer. This fiscal year’s event included a slip and slide, a floating island on the water, movies under the stars, and plenty of fun and games. Three new teens recently diagnosed joined us for the weekend. It can be very difficult for teens especially recently diagnosed to feel comfortable showing up for a week of camp without knowing other campers. This weekend allows these teens to meet other campers that are going through similar battles and make these connections prior to attending Camp. Our favorite moment from Extreme Teen this summer was when a young teen showed up wearing her bandana as she was uncomfortable with her short hair due to chemo. It only took one evening around other teens and volunteers to make her have the confidence to wake up the next morning without her bandana on! We are so grateful to provide such an important program for our teenagers!

Family Weekend
April 1-3, 2016
Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC
30 families attended with 133 family members

This fiscal year, we were able to bring back Family Weekend. The weekend provides an invaluable opportunity for parents to connect with others, where they learn, share, and develop tools to cope with the stress and anxiety of their child’s diagnosis. Families participated in Movie night, Smores, Game Night, Rock Wall, Zipline, Leap of Faith, and many more fun activities as a family. Parents attended sessions including budgeting, estate planning, nutrition, self-care, and open discussions while the children attended zumba, cooking classes, and comic drawing. The weekend provides a vacation away from the stress of cancer and provides families with much needed family time that can be missed during hospital visits, treatments, and procedures.

Annual Report October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016