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COCA-I is strengthening the international community of camps for children with cancer and their families through networking, education, and advocacy since 1982. COCA-I member camps proudly served the needs of over 35,500 campers in 2014.
The mission of The Pablove Foundation is to invest in under-funded, cutting-edge pediatric cancer research, inspire cancer families through education, and improve the lives of children living with cancer through the arts.
Pablove Shutterbugs, a program of The Pablove Foundation, teaches children living with cancer to develop their creative voice through the art of photography. In an educational setting, the program instructs children to tell their story through photographs using perspective, light, composition, and technique. Our Shutterbugs are taught basic principles of photography while learning on digital point-and-shoot cameras provided by Pablove, and reflect on their work. The cameras are theirs to keep at the end of the course.
The Importance of COCA-I Branding
Building your camp brand is all about building credibility -- COCA-I can help! When you include the COCA-I logo and a short description of our mission, you give your camp a boost and show your supporters and camp families that you're part of oncology camping on an international scale. That makes you look good!
Plus it enhances your camp's mission by helping website visitors who are outside your service area find a camp program that is local to them. Then everyone - you, us, and kids with cancer - benefits. Its a win, win, win!
2015 KOA Care Camp Funding
|KOA Care Camp Grants Big news from our friends at KOA Care Camps! KOA Care Camps will disburse $1,000,000 to 103 camps that serve children with cancer…COCA-I member camps will receive $937,750.|
Ninety-two COCA-I member camps this year submitted 101 grant requests. Every camp that submitted a grant request will receive funding. In just 2 years, we have doubled the number of KOA Care Camp applications from 56 to 112 and almost doubled the amount of money distributed. The COCA-I / KOA Care Camp partnership continues to grow and prosper, and for that we are all most thankful!!!
Also, we want to thank Karen Mcandrew, Executive Director, KOA Care Camps for the very successful webinar.
COCA-I Pilot Research Study
The First COCA-I Research Project is a Great Success!
By Dr. Mike Amylon, Camp Okizu
During the summer of 2010, the Research and Education Committee of the COCA-I Board of Directors initiated a "proof of concept" pilot research study.
The goal was to demonstrate the possibility to design and execute a research study to measure some aspect of the impact of the camp experience for our young cancer patients. Our intention is to develop a series of research studies which will strengthen the proof in the published literature (the language of choice for our referring institutions, our medical staff members,
Research Study Announcement
Research Title: Perceptions of Social Support to Engage in Physical Activity
Institution: University of Ottawa
Researcher: Dr. Jennifer Brunet is an assistant professor at the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. She works collaboratively with many Canadian health care providers and researchers on different research projects which are focused on physical activity. Her research is aimed at identifying and understanding processes that may influence people’s physical activity motivation and behaviour in order to address the health burden related to physical inactivity in Canada.
Purpose of Study: To better understand how parents can support their teenager in being more active after being treated for cancer.