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Retts Roost

A sanctuary for families with a child afflicted by cancer in the form of free weekend retreats in a peaceful, natural setting that offer a community of loving kindness and supportive activities to ease their experience with the disease . Tax ID 47-3723204


Rett's Roost offers free weekend retreats at different locations in MA, NH, and ME to families that have lost a child to cancer or have a child surviving with cancer. This summer we have three retreats planned for up to 20 families.

What’s behind our name? Everett Thomas Cavan (Rett) was a little boy that blessed us with his powerful presence for ten short months. While being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital for a rare, aggressive, malignant tumor, he took on the personae of a wise little owl, and this totem became his sacred symbol when cancer took him away last year on 2/22.

Rett's parents, the organization's founders, figured an owl needed a roost to call home, thus they created a sanctuary for families that have had to struggle through a child’s cancer diagnosis, treatment, and perhaps death. Families that are grieving either the loss of a normal childhood or the loss of child’s life need support after leaving the hospital. Rett’s Roost offers free retreats to these families providing them tools to find joy in their lives again, as well as providing an opportunity for self-care, family bonding, relaxation, and healing.

Despite being so young, Rett's Roost has grown tremendously in its first year and attributes its success to the dedication of its founders, the support of their community, and a true need for the services they offer. Please consider helping this organization grow to serve even more families in honor of a gorgeous little boy--Rett Cavan--who left us much too soon.