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Camp Sparkle is back! Fun and friendship for kids affected by cancer

In-person summer sessions scheduled in August in Bellevue and Tacoma.

Kids and teens affected by cancer can enjoy a week of fun, friendship and healing at Camp Sparkle. This is a free summer program offered by the nonprofit Cancer Pathways.

Camp Sparkle has been going on since 2003 but had to go virtual, like so many other things, in 2020.

However, it is back in-person (plus a virtual option, too!) for 2021. Sessions are already underway or completed in Seattle and Everett.

Here’s the rest of what is scheduled for this summer:

Camp Sparkle for kids affected by cancer

  • July 26-29: online camp program
  • Aug. 2-6: Bellevue
  • Aug. 9-13: Tacoma

Camp Sparkle is open to kids affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or that of a loved one. It is designed to help kids bond over shared experiences and know that they are not alone. It it for campers ages 5-12 and junior counselors 13-15. They participate in therapeutic activities and outdoor adventures and make friends in a safe, fun and welcoming place.

The program has served more than 2,000 kids since 2003.

Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda’s Club Seattle) has served the Seattle area for 20 years. It offers programs and support for people living with cancer, facing a loved one’s diagnosis or caring for someone with cancer.

To get more information, call 206-709-1400,  1-866-200-2383 or email


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