Cancer sucks. We're here for you

We know a cancer diagnosis is life-changing and each member of the family experiences their own 'cancer journey.' UKANDU is here for the entire family. Whether you're ready for some outrageous fun, looking for a community of people who 'just get it,' or simply need a reminder that hope and joy exist - UKANDU is for you.

Experience UKANDU

UKANDU is the largest and longest running provider of medically surpervised camps in Oregon. We create safe, supportive spaces where patients, siblings, and their caregivers can experience hope and joy while building a supportive community.

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Upcoming Events

100% of UKANDU programming is 100% free for families! Please contact our program director, Robin Emerick, with any questions. 


UKANDU (re)Connect
May 4th

Triskalee Farms

We are excited to invite you and your family to come and (re)connect with UKANDU families at Triskelee Farms on May 4th from 11am-2pm. We will have activities including farm tours to meet the various animals, a bouncy house, lawn games, lunch and more!  We will email you details including directions to the farm, and what to expect as we get closer to the event.


Teen Retreat

August 12 - 17

Teen Retreat is a week-long outdoor adventure for teens, 15 to 20, impacted by childhood or adolescent cancer. Teens experience childhood and adolescent cancer in unique and different ways and this program is an opportunity for additional exploration of and contemplation of what life looks like as a teenage patient or survivor of cancer.

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June 16 - 22 ; YMCA Camp Collins

Patients, survivors, and siblings aged 8-18 are invited to a week of Camp UKANDU! From horseback riding and swimming to art and science the fun never stops at Camp UKANDU!


UKANDU Family Camp
July 14 - 20 ; Camp Magruder

The whole family is invited to join us for a week of outrageous fun at the Oregon Coast! Patients, survivors, caregivers, and anyone else in your 'family unit' is invited to enjoy boating, rock walls, games, campfires, and so much more!

Who We Are

Our mission is to provide hope, joy, and connection to communities impacted by childhood and adolescent cancer. We also recognize that cancer impacts the entire family and try to address the unique needs of each member of the family through our programs and services. No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, UKANDU has a place for you!


Hear from people who've been there before:

"Everyone just welcomed us in. And the feeling of being welcomed and trusting new people was very new for us. You're not known as that kid with the bald head. The feeling of not having to be worried about being a burden and knowing everyone is just watching over me - taking care of me. It's our UKANDU family."
- UKANDU Participant

"There's this opportunity - a unique place that's really beyond understanding - where you can send this child that you care so deeply about, who's in this really, really lousy spot and just know that they're gonna thrive. It's healing."
- UKANDU Parent

"There they are – they’re fighting their battle. And here I am, helpless and alone. But when I came here, I met all the other siblings. I’ve met so many friends who were siblings and we’ve been able to share experiences. It makes me feel good, knowing I’m not the only one."
- UKANDU Participant

"I think camp is important to parents... because we're fighting two battles. We're fighting for our kids' lives. But we're also fighting for their spirit. I was desperate for someone to put a smile on his face. I wanted help with that. Being able to release him to Camp UKANDU where we knew he was going to be taken care of medically - and we knew we were going to get help reviving his spirit was a huge blessing and a relief."
- UKANDU Parent


Reach out to our team with any questions you may have - we look forward to hearing from you!

Families who expierience a childhood or adolescent cancer diagnosis report higher levels of depression, anxiety, and instability.