I created Angel On My Shoulder in 1995 following the heavenly transition of my husband Dick Rose after his courageous battle with cancer. Simply stated, I wanted to make something good out of something so bad.
It was my hope to create a foundation that would improve the quality of life of those living with or affected by cancer in positive and profound ways. Nearly twenty-five years into our mission, I am pleased to say that with the efforts and commitment of so many wonderful volunteers, board members, camp counselors and directors, retreat facilitators and of course those we serve, Angel has meet that goal.
We offer 6 different camps, some in the winter and others in the summer (and a couple in both seasons!), and 2 unique retreats which focus on caregivers and survivors. What’s special to the core of who we are is that we offer these experiences at no cost to the participants thanks to generous donations from our benefactors. We also focus on the total experience of those living with cancer. From my own life, I quickly realized that family members also undergo extremely difficult and emotionally challenging journeys alongside their loved ones who are living with cancer. Each family member faces cancer in their own personal way. Children are especially vulnerable. Navigating the cancer journey unavoidably can and does become a stressful experience that greatly impacts and disrupts their young lives. Caregivers have needs and need nourishment just as those living with cancer do. We are there to offer respite to all.
It is MY hope that when thinking of Angel On My Shoulder, this thought will come to mind….Heaven sends helping hands and caring hearts JUST when we need them most.
In that spirit, the hundreds of volunteers, board members, counselors, campers and supporters… thank YOU for YOUR support and we invite you to “discover” more about our foundation on this website, by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on social media. Angel On My Shoulder commits to bringing light, peace, hope and healing to those living with or affected by cancer.