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Why Not Spend A Night In The Backyard This Weekend!


Regardless of your age or camping experience, it’s not too late to register to CampOut for Cancer and spend a night under the stars in your backyard during this unusually warm weather! Ditch the screens and bond with your loved ones over board games, camp songs and camp-inspired food. And if you’re feeling it, up your game and host your #BackyardCampOut with a theme everyone will have fun with!

Here’s a list of things to think about to get the ball rolling:

  • Tent or build more of a fort tent with sheets
  • A tarp, rope and some bungee cords could also come in handy
  • Air mattress or padding
  • Pillows, sleeping bag or blankets of course!
  • A light source: think old school lantern or flashlights
  • Camp chairs
  • And then the activities: Is it bocce, board games, or a book about the constellations?

Your #BackyardCampOut can be easy and memorable. Most importantly, it will help send kids and their families to camp so they can heal from the trauma of cancer.

Thanks for reading!


How to Raise $1,000 in 10 days

Self-Donate: Show your commitment to providing a cost effective mental health solution through a $100 donation. Wow your family and friends and set the precedent for future donations. TOTAL: $100

Kin Connections: Ask your family to support a worthy cause for kids living with cancer that you believe in. Ask 5 family members to give $100 each. Assume 4 of them do it. TOTAL: $400. Now you’re at $500!

Close Friends: Ask your closest friends to support you. Ask 10 friends to sponsor you. Assume 1 of them gives $75, 2 give $50 each, and 2 more give $25 each. TOTAL: $225. Now you’re at $725

Email Co-Workers: Ask 5 co-workers to help send a child living with cancer to a special place to just be a normal kid and heal. Assume 4 of them give $25 each. TOTAL: $100. Now you’re at $825.

Think Global: Ask 5 out-of-town friends to support you from across the pond. Assume 3 of them give $25 each. TOTAL: $75. Now you’re at $900.

Fundraise with Social: You raise 42% more when posting on Facebook. Put it out there. Assume 4 people give $25 each. TOTAL: $100. You’ve raised $1,000!!

Not only have you just raised $1,000 in 10 days, but chances are more money will come in too. Good work!

Meet #irongabe and the Crimeli Family


Why CampOut for Cancer?

We are camping out for cancer to help bring awareness to how much value camp plays in the lives of children and families affected with cancer. We didn’t realize what impact Camp Trillium had on families until we recently became part of it all.

Do you know where you’ll CampOut for Cancer yet?

Possibly the upper Grimsby mountain.

Who are you rallying to CampOut with you?

EVERYONE…but we started with the kids and then the grandmothers who are the most unlikely people to camp out anywhere… but people WILL pay to see these ladies camping!

Why is raising funds for Camp Trillium important to your family? 

Our lives were forever changed on our first day of spring family camp. We were only 3 months into our journey with our son #irongabe. We quickly realized that Camp trillium was more than a camp – it’s a social cure for cancer. A place to gain mental health amongst a group of peers, both adult and child, where everyone is the same with the same types of experiences that we wouldn’t wish on anyone else. We found comfort in realizing these amazing people were now part of our lives. The sense of belonging and hope we walked away with was something we will never forget. We are grateful for being a part of the Camp Trillium family and plan to raise $5,000 to send another family of 5 to Camp Trillium.

What else would you like to share?

Our son has been called #irongabe. He has set goals to educate people on the journey of a child diagnosed with ALL… he set a goal of 100 units of blood to be collected and he did that in 4 months. He has a new goal of 200 units of blood by the end of the year.

He shares how blood gave him the strength of Spiderman along with his Port (which is actually his Ironman miniature reactor) and how the doctors are able to recharge him with chemotherapy to rid this evil villain named “Lukie” (Leukaemia).

You can follow him on Facebook here.

Camper Story – Ashlynne

My name is Ashlynne. I am a strong healthy 11 year old but I am also a cancer survivor.  I was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor when I was only 4 ½ years old. I had a major surgery to remove my left kidney and then 5 months of chemo.

We found Camp Trillium 2 years after I finished chemo. By this time my hair had grown back and I was healthy. My school and baton friends didn’t really understand when I talked about my cancer. I had physical and emotional scars that they did not have. My family was still dealing with the trauma of childhood cancer. It’s a journey that does not end with the end of treatment.

Camp Trillium is a place I can go with other kids who share the same experiences as me.  I found a place where having cancer is normal. I can talk about chemo and surgeries with kids who get it. It’s fun to meet other kids who had the same cancer as me. My brothers found a place where they weren’t the only ones who have a sister with cancer. Dressing up in costumes and being silly is fun and normal even for teenagers. My parents found a place that can put smiles on our faces and a place where they can go and be with other parents who share similar experiences.   

Our family calls the Island our little piece of Heaven. We are reminded that having a child with cancer is normal and it is ok to be sad at times.  

When I am asked what my favourite part of camp is, I struggle to answer with just one thing. I love special friends, camp friends, family camp, all the activities including arts and crafts and sailing. My parents say there is nothing quite like the sunsets on the Island. Camp is my favourite thing about camp.

Whether its overnight camp or family camp, we leave the Island feeling refreshed. Camp Trillium has given my family a special gift – it has made us whole again.


How The Hull Family Is Celebrating Camp Trillium

“I’ve been thinking hard on how best to CampOut for Cancer. I’ve considered camping out in a yurt, going backpacking up north, having a giant bonfire or just camping in the backyard. But something wasn’t working for me, wasn’t connecting and feeling right. I then started to reflect on why I’ve been having so much trouble coming up with a place to celebrate Camp Trillium for the day. I couldn’t find a place that would help me feel like I am at Camp Trillium. Camp Trillium isn’t just a place for me and my family. Camp Trillium isn’t just a place for kids and families with cancer to go, get away and enjoy the outdoors. Yes, Camp Trillium is a beautiful place, but that isn’t what calls to me. Camp Trillium calls to my heart. It speaks my language of love—one full of joy, laughter and fun. It is home.

It’s the people who fill the place that makes Camp Trillium so special. While my daughter, Lily, was in the thick of cancer treatment at six years old, we went to family camp. We travelled over three hours, had to get on a boat and then get off on an island full of strange, silly and loud creatures. It was overwhelming as these people grabbed our luggage, called us their family for a week and rushed us across this big open field to our cabin. I wasn’t sure about this place but something magical happened during our first stay. These special, strange, silly and loud creatures became our family, made my sick child laugh and shined light (so much light) into our dark and scary cancer tunnel.

Camp Trillium is a place for families to connect to each other, find some healing and share their strategies for coping with cancer. Yet, it is so much more. I must admit that the first parent meeting at camp was so sad. It was sad listening to all the parents introduce themselves and share their child’s cancer story. I couldn’t help but think of the parents who spoke of losing their son to cancer, who were on their child’s second/third round of treatm

Lily is now 13 yrs old, Abby is almost 11.

ent or who had two boys sick at the same time. How would I relate and connect to these parents? Something magical happened again while at camp. The parents shared stories of survival, were silly playing games while our kids were tucked in for the night and we connected. These moms and dads weren’t any different than us, they knew us because they were us. They had the same story, fears and never said “I can’t imagine.” They understood that cancer was the worst, and at times, the best thing that happened to their family. Time together was precious—taking the time to love, hug, be playful, whisper under the covers and sing by the campfire. All these special, beautiful moments of connection, and love, happened at Camp Trillium because everyone understood each other. Thank you, Camp Trillium, for bringing us to these people to help us heal and find some peace.

Families are more resilient and strong when they feel connected. Those feelings, those moments of connection to other people is what I want to create during my CampOut for Cancer experience. Those moments of laughing through my tears, talking over coffee/tea, breathing a little easier and times of reflection is what I want CampOut for Cancer to be for me – and for others. So, I reached out to a mom from camp, we bonded over coffee/tea and grandiose ideas, and are planning a day retreat for parents of children with cancer. The goal is to focus on mindful and positive experiences of healing at a restorative CampOut for Cancer retreat on October 14th.

Camp Trillium, to me—to so many of us—isn’t just a place to visit. Camp Trillium is a place full of beautiful, wonderful people—kids, parents, special friends—who have stories of love to share. I hope that our CampOut for Cancer retreat embodies the same camp heart and spirit. Camp Trillium is a celebration of the deeper pleasures of home—the bonds that hold people together in sickness and health, joy and sorrow, and love, peace and hope. That is what Camp Trillium, and the CampOut for Cancer retreat, means to me.”

Rebecca Hull