Our history is rooted in personal experience. Following the passing of her husband Dick Rose to cancer in 1995, Lolly Rose wanted to help other’s affected by cancer.
Her wish was to create an organization that could provide an emotional backbone to the cancer-affected community. Through her own experience, Lolly discovered little organized support readily available to those supporting the patient. Family members undergo a difficult, emotionally challenging journey alongside their stricken loved one as they face cancer. Particularly vulnerable are kids, whose young lives are disrupted and impacted by the stress and strain of the ordeal.
After consulting with a hospice social worker, Lolly was inspired to create a camp for kids ages 7-12 who were affected by the cancer of a sibling, parent or grandparent. In 1997 Camp Angel welcomed its first group of campers for a weekend of fun. in 2001 Camp Teen Angel was inaugurated; this camp was designed to meet the needs of kids ages 13-15. In 2009, in an effort to reach out to older teens, Angel Adventures became the first winter camp, supporting teens ages 16-18. In the summer of 2014 Angel Adventures Extreme was launched. That same summer AOMS extended its offerings through Camp Hozhoni, a camp for families with a child 18 or under living with cancer.
Recognizing the needs of others affected by the cancer of a loved one–the caregiver– AOMS developed Angel Care retreats devoted to these selfless individuals. In addition, Healing Angels was developed to address the needs of cancer survivors.
All of Angel On My Shoulders’ camps and retreats are cost-free, funded by the generous donations of its benefactors.