A camping experience can be invaluable for those burdened by childhood cancer as it can provide support and connection with others. On August 29, Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation and in collaboration with Lollipop Theater Network, will unite hundreds of children and families who are affected by childhood cancer for a one-of-a-kind virtual camp experience. The Ultimate Camp-In will connect those currently fighting cancer, survivors, siblings and loved ones who often lack supportive communities that understand their treatment and emotional needs to engage with others nationwide. The experience allows them to put their worries aside and let their imaginations transport them from their living room to a magical world of fun.
Activities will be led by an inspiring cast of Ultimate Camp-In “counselors”, including actress Monique Coleman of High School Musical; New York City Ballet’s Principal Dancer, Tiler Peck; the real-life voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, Tom Kenny; and magician David Kwong. Children will dance alongside the greats, learn to draw with a Nickelodeon animator, while also enjoying activities like Story Time, cupcake decorating and more. In addition, Peyton Richardson, a dynamic 18-year-old childhood cancer survivor and former participant of previous Camp-Ins, will join to emcee the event.
Northwestern Mutual launched its Childhood Cancer Program in 2012 to find better treatments and cures, provide family and patient support and aid those who struggle with the long-term effects of treatment. The program has contributed more than $30 million with the help of its employees and financial advisors nationwide and has funded more than 400,000 hours of research.