Money raised for Okizu in the Presidio 10 will provide Northern California children with cancer and their siblings a free week of summer camp magic where they will experience adventure, build self-confidence, meet peers that understand their unique challenges, and have fun in the great outdoors!
Okizu (oak-eye-zoo) comes from the Sioux language and means unity, to come together, to heal from a hurt, to make whole.
WHY CAMP? MAKE HEALING HAPPEN
"We go to to the hospital for treatment, but we go to Camp Okizu to heal."
-- Okizu Parent
A CANCER DIGNOSIS AFFECTS THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Okizu began 38 years ago with the belief that a residential camp can be an ideal setting for children struggling with cancer to explore and enjoy a normal life experience, while interacting with others who truly understand their illness. We quickly learned that all family members, including the ill child, parents, and siblings, are impacted in powerful and unique ways by childhood cancer. The opportunity for interactions with true peers and the strong sense of community fostered by a residential camp environment provide valuable emotional and practical support for continuing the cancer journey, while also allowing everyone to take a break from their routine and have a great time.
LET KIDS BE KIDS
Children who are diagnosed with cancer miss a normal childhood. Their illness, treatment, and complications can keep them from enjoying activities that often are taken for granted. And yet these children, like all children, need the opportunity to grow, experiment, and discover independence.
OKIZU IS MORE THAN A SUMMER CAMP
Okizu is more than a summer camp. We work with all of our partners, from volunteers to national medical institutions, to reach and support those we serve, all year-round, and whenever we are needed.
Our Core Values
We believe that compassion toward our families is at the core of everything we do.
We believe in serving families coping with childhood cancer.
We believe in creating a safe place where our families can connect with and care for each other, and in creating opportunities for our supporters and volunteers to impact the lives of our families.
We believe in building stronger selves and families.
We believe in being transparent, honest, and ethical in all of our interactions.
The mission of Okizu is to help all members of families affected by childhood cancer to heal through peer support, respite, mentoring, and recreational programs.