Updates

Why I Run: Karen’s...

Apr 10, 2024

Kadin was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when he was nine years old. While he was in SickKids undergoing treatment, he began attending Campfire Circle’s programs. “They came in to do activities with him and then invited him to camp,” says his mom Karen. “I remember being very hesitant at first. I never had him go to […]...Learn More

karen at sporting life 10k

Giving back a lifetime...

Mar 20, 2024

Jack had a heart transplant when he was born, and developed post-transplant lymphoma when he was five years old. “We found out on his birthday,” recalls Dione and Bob, Jack’s parents. “I asked the doctor if we could wait until the next day to tell him, so he didn’t have to find out on his […]...Learn More

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Help Bring Joy to...

Mar 15, 2024

To celebrate the International Day of Happiness, we are excited to partner with Domino’s Pizza to bring more joy to kids with cancer or serious illness and their families. On March 20, when you purchase a specially priced $4.99 one-topping pizza at Domino’s Pizza locations in Ontario, $1 will go towards Campfire Circle’s play-based programs in […]...Learn More

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Meet Asher

Feb 28, 2024

Asher was born in August 2012. According to his dad, Kevin, he was beautiful, happy little boy. “Immediately, the love of his older sister’s life,” he says. When he was almost three months old, Asher’s parents found a strange bump on the back of his head and took him to see their paediatrician. After a […]...Learn More

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LCBO Holiday Campaign Raises...

Feb 27, 2024

This holiday season, Campfire Circle was honoured to be recognized as one of the children’s charities in the LCBO’s “Give Gifts That Make a Difference” fundraising campaign. The campaign, where customers can donate at point of purchase, raised an incredible $6,694,306 for children’s charities across Ontario. Thanks to the dedication of supporters like LCBO’s staff […]...Learn More

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Giving Back In More...

Feb 14, 2024

Sam has been a Campfire Circle volunteer since 2014 and a monthly donor since 2020. Despite moving from Ottawa to England, and now settling back in Canada, giving back to Campfire Circle remains a constant in her life. Campfire Circle was her first overnight camp experience. “I just loved it,” she says. “I was amazed […]...Learn More

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Some Superheroes Do Wear...

Feb 12, 2024

In January 2022, four-year-old Benjamin got an accidental kick to the eye at school. Over the next few weeks, the swelling around his eye got worse and worse. His concerned parents took him to the emergency room at SickKids in Toronto where he was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH), a rare disease classified as […]...Learn More

benjamin wearing his superhero cape

The story of Kascharli

Jan 05, 2024

Kascharli. It’s not a real word, but a merging of two names of best buddies. Kascha and Charli first met at a Weekend At Camp (WAC) in November 2022. They bonded the very first morning as the only two in their cabin to participate in the Polar Bear hike. After a weekend of crafting, canoeing, […]...Learn More

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A Wonderful Place Called...

Dec 13, 2023

Carter, aka Mr. Curious, loves to see what’s going on in The Cabin. Whenever he’s at SickKids, for clinic or a check-up, he always comes by for a visit. The Cabin is Campfire Circle’s dedicated space at SickKids where kids of all ages can gather for themed group programming. Carter’s favourite things are making slime […]...Learn More

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Camp Begins at The...

Nov 22, 2023

We first met Ethan and his family when he was undergoing treatment for his brain tumour. At McMaster Children’s Hospital, our program specialists would visit Ethan at his bedside, working around his various appointments. Whenever Campfire Circle’s In-Hospital Program Specialists came to visit, he would always light up, sit up tall, eager to play games, […]...Learn More

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Bonfire Bash Raises $1.75...

Nov 16, 2023

On Thursday, November 2, Campfire Circle hosted Bonfire Bash, held at the Fort York Armoury in Toronto. The event brought together more than 700 guests to raise $1.75 million in support of our critical year-round programs for kids with cancer or serious illness and their families. Presented by GFL Environmental Inc., the evening celebrated 40 […]...Learn More

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LCBO Supports Campfire Circle...

Nov 13, 2023

LCBO has been supporting Campfire Circle for 30 years. It all started with its annual charity BBQ at the Queen’s Quay location in 1992, a much-anticipated event that has raised more than $3.4 million since its inception. What started as a small gathering has grown to include the community with the support of the LCBO […]...Learn More

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Zellers plush bear Zeddy...

Oct 26, 2023

Zeddy, the beloved stuffed bear that captured the hearts of Canadians for decades is back. With every purchase of the plush bear, $5 will go to support Campfire Circle in delivering healing through happiness to kids with cancer or serious illness and their families. Zeddy has been part of the Campfire Circle family since 2012, […]...Learn More

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R2//NYC Raises Over $760,000

Oct 15, 2023

On Tuesday, September 19, the R2//NYC team of 41 cyclists departed from Toronto to embark on a five-day, 850-km journey to New York City, raising much-needed funds for Campfire Circle. Hailing from the Greater Toronto Area, Niagara region, Kitchener-Waterloo, Caledon, and Huntsville, this passionate group of riders united to support kids with cancer or serious […]...Learn More

r2nyc riders and support team at times square in new york city

“DOUGHNUT WAS HERE! That’s...

Oct 03, 2023

“I’ve been a camp volunteer for 17 years, since I was in high school and did a co-op placement at Sick Kids. I knew right away: I need to do this, I love this. Today, I’m a social worker with a focus on kids and families and camp will always be part of my life […]...Learn More

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Your Fall Camp Adventure...

Oct 02, 2023

CAMP ADVENTURE UPDATES! Stories about how you’re helping right now, and all year long! Together with donors’ amazing support, we are welcoming campers for daily adventures and events. Here are just a few kids and families who are impacted by your kindness and generosity. NOAH’S CAMP ADVENTURES: MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF YOU! “Noah gave camp […]...Learn More

noah on the accessible high ropes course at camp, with volunteer by his side

From the hospital to...

Oct 01, 2023

Six-year-old Kaley met Campfire Circle’s team on the day she was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Cancer was just the beginning of Kaley’s challenging health journey. It was in December 2019 when she began treatment at SickKids, and their lives were about to change dramatically. “That was a tough time,” says her mom, […]...Learn More

kaley standing at the dock at camp holding a fish she caught

Trent University Study

Sep 05, 2023

How We Measure Healing Through Happiness We often speak about the healing power of camp, but what does it mean? How can we measure healing? In 2022, Campfire Circle partnered with researchers from Trent University to study the psychosocial outcomes of overnight camp for kids with cancer who often miss out on childhood experiences due […]...Learn More

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The Power of Camp...

Aug 24, 2023

“My story of camp began in 2008. I was first introduced to Campfire Circle (then called Camp Ooch) after my sister, Haddan, was diagnosed for the second time with ependymoma. When we dropped Haddan off at camp, I remember thinking how cool the Muskoka site was and how fortunate she was to be able go. […]...Learn More

carter and haddan outside at camp in muskoka

R2//NYC Rider Profile –...

Aug 22, 2023

With R2//NYC on the horizon, we’re excited to showcase some of our dedicated rider community. We sat down with Laura D’ Andrea, R2//NYC’s route guru, leadership committee member, previous team captain and all-star rider. Campfire Circle: Can you tell us about yourself and your connection to camp? Laura Andrea: It was through R2//NYC that I […]...Learn More

laura riding her bike

Your Camp Adventure Updates!

Jul 26, 2023

CAMP ADVENTURE UPDATES! Stories about how you’re helping right now, and all summer long! Together with donors’ amazing support, we are welcoming campers for daily adventures and events. Here are just a few kids and families who are impacted by your kindness and generosity. Follow That Butterfly! Alyssa’s Story Alyssa was just three years old […]...Learn More

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I give because every...

Jul 26, 2023

“I give because every kid needs camp: I know I did.” Ali’s Story I was 12 going on 13, just about to start grade 8, when I was diagnosed with leukaemia. At first, everything happened very fast. But my treatment lasted for more than three years, and those days, weeks, and months in isolation were […]...Learn More

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Helping Children Find Joy...

Jul 18, 2023

It was January 2021, the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, when three-and-a-half-year-old Elliana was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Elliana began her treatment at SickKids in Toronto. It was an isolating time and her treatment was challenging and often painful, says her mom, Amy. While Elliana was in the hospital, the Campfire Circle In-Hospital […]...Learn More

Elliana with her hand in a cup sitting in a hospital bed

A Family Affair for...

Jun 30, 2023

The McConnell Classic is more than an annual golf tournament. It’s a tradition that’s almost as old as the camp it supports. Celebrating 30 years, the McConnell Classic began with John, whose wife, Gretta, was diagnosed with breast cancer more than 35 years ago. Being in the Muskoka community, the McConnells heard about a camp […]...Learn More

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My Day at the...

Jun 28, 2023

As a former camper and now a summer intern at Campfire Circle, I had a great time at the Rainbow Lake Open House! When our guests arrived, I joined with the other tour guides to take the groups of visitors on a tour of camp. The tours were a lot of fun and it was […]...Learn More

stef and fellow intern at camp rainbow lake

Without Trust, There Would...

Jun 18, 2023

In order to run a successful camp experience, we rely on the support of donors, volunteers, and staff. But at the core is the trust from caregivers who give us permission to take care of their kids, whether it’s in hospitals, in the community or at overnight camp. Without this privilege, there would be no […]...Learn More

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Top Five Tips for...

Jun 12, 2023

It’s your first time volunteering at overnight camp. You’ve got butterflies in your stomach – both nervous and excited about the opportunity. Here are some top tips and tricks from Bryn, a seasoned volunteer, to help make your first volunteer experience a memorable one. Set clear boundaries with your cabin kids about sleep. Let them […]...Learn More

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Accessibility at Campfire Circle

Jun 07, 2023

One of our campers, Noah, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was just three months old. Then, at six months old, he developed cancer in his spinal cord, which left him paralyzed. Camp is truly a magical place for him: fun, welcoming, and accessible. Thanks to the generous support of donors, he is able to […]...Learn More

child in wheelchair on dock at camp with parents

Team Chill Will: Meet...

Jun 05, 2023

Team Chill Will raised more than $25,000 for Campfire Circle at the Sporting Life 10K this year. The family’s connection to Campfire Circle during some of the hardest moments of their lives is one of the big reasons they decided to fundraise to support the organization. Here is their story. Lisa had no idea anything […]...Learn More

team chill will tent at sporting life 10k

Sporting Life 10K raises...

May 15, 2023

More than 16,000 runners, walkers and strollers hit Yonge Street on May 14, 2023, for the iconic Sporting Life 10K, presented by ASICS. For 23 years, on Mother’s Day, avid runners, families and fitness enthusiasts lace up to raise critical funds for kids and families affected by childhood cancer or serious illness. This year, the […]...Learn More

alex and supporters holding signs displaying amount of money raised at the sporting life 10k
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