We know that patients and families who are new to BASE Camp have a lot of questions about what we do, and why. That’s why we’ve put together this FAQ compiling some of our most common questions from new families.

What is BASE Camp?

BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation was established in Orlando, Florida back in 1982. Unlike many cancer foundations, we focus on providing a year-round series of programs to help children and families along the journey of cancer and other life-threatening hematological illnesses.

Learn more About Us.

What Does BASE Camp Mean?
  • We Believe Every Child Deserves a Childhood.
  • We Achieve the Impossible Every Day.
  • We Support Patients & Families.
  • We Educate So That You Can Help Us.

We’re BASE Camp: Your Support Base for Children’s Cancer.

Like the base encampments that are built as climbers ascend mountains, our programs offer a place to stop along the journey for rest, nourishment, encouragement, and strength to finish the climb.

Cancer, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, and other rare/orphan hematological diseases can be such mountains in children’s lives. BASE Camp serves as the support “base” where patients and their families can turn to for help and support on their journey.

What programs and services does BASE Camp offer?

BASE Camp offers a variety of programs and services, mainly designed with the following belief in mind: that all kids deserve to have fun, and to feel normal. These year-round programs include “Second Wishes,” “Christmas in July,” “Milestone Parties,” and many more.

We also offer support groups and “Nights Out” for parents, while our programs for kids serve as a different kind of “support group” where they can spend time with peers who understand their journey.

Read more about our Family Programs.

Who qualifies for BASE Camp’s programs and services?

Our primary members are children, their ages ranging from infants to 19-years-old. We know that cancer affects entire families, not just our patients. Because of that, we serve not only children who are ill with cancer or other hematological diseases, but their siblings, too.

BASE Camp also offers support to children of parents who have cancer or other hematological diseases.

We invite all patients and their families, even after they have completed treatment, to continue attending BASE Camp events.

Learn more about us and our members here.

Who are BASE Camp’s volunteers?

BASE Camp has a regular team of staff you can read about here. All other volunteers submit an application before working with us and attend a mandatory orientation. To learn more, you can read the Volunteer FAQ.

Do you have any testimonials from other BASE Camp families?

We are grateful and humbled to share the following testimonials from BASE Camp families.

How do you apply as a patient family with BASE Camp?

How do you apply as a patient family with BASE Camp?

Does BASE Camp make a profit off of its services?

BASE Camp is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A copy of our official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free within the State at 1-800-HELP-FLA. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.

Is there a way to keep up with the latest events at BASE Camp?

We invite you to sign up our newsletter for families, which will keep you informed of all upcoming BASE Camp events.

You can also check our online calendar, and follow us on social media.

I have further questions about BASE Camp. Who should I direct them to?

We’d love to answer your questions. Contact us here.