Our Proud History

Planning for Camp UKANDU began in 1985 when a small group of Candlelighters parents decided, despite their children’s illness, they wanted them to be able to go to camp like every other kid. Thanks to an initial grant by the Fred Meyer Charitable Trust, 48 campers brought to life the first Camp UKANDU on August 10, 1986 at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp. In 1988, many of  UKANDU’s special traditions began, including the dance, sleeping in teepees, and Memory Circle – where we honor those campers who have passed. That year, the all-volunteer staff took 90 campers from Mt. Hood to Camp Yamhill, and then in 1989, the UKANDU volunteer board of directors began a long-standing relationship with the American Cancer Society. Just one year later, in 1990, the number of campers attending Camp UKANDU increased to 132.

In 1996, our 10th year was marked by another move...



UKANDU is a volunteer-driven organization. More than 100 adults give of their time and talents every summer to create a week of outrageous fun for the children and families of UKANDU.

UKANDU Employees

Jason Hickox
Executive Director
Sage Nicholson
Marketing and Communications Manager
Johnna Loreen
Development Director

Board of Directors

Our board is comprised of impassioned leaders with diverse skills and experiences committed to the mission of providing hope, joy, and connection to the families of UKANDU.

Mark McGraw
Chris Schwab
Vice Chair
Julie Desimone
Ted Haley

Marcie Walsh

Cecil Swamidoss
Brandon Rochon
Chris Renfro
Rebecca Frinell
Lisa Kolve


Committee volunteers provide vital leadership and work in conjunction with the board and staff to further UKANDU's mission and reach in the community.

Sue Lindemulder
Medical Committee Chair

Marcie Walsh

Development Committee Chair

Financial Transparency