For children with cancer and their families who need to recover from the emotional toll of diagnoses and treatment, OAK is the childhood oncology organization that provides a voice, community, and sense of normalcy because together we can truly heal.
Research studies pathology. Hospitals provide treatment. We care for the frequently overlooked emotional wellbeing of young patients to help families reclaim the sense of normalcy cancer so often takes away.
Making sense of the complex emotions that arise from living with cancer is especially difficult for children. We empower kids to process and express their feelings—in their own time, in their own words.
Cancer can isolate young patients and their families. Our programs offer common ground for instant connections—rooted in acceptance, support, and shared experiences—that will develop into thriving, lifelong bonds.
Each of us is driven by a relentless commitment to improving the lives of kids affected by cancer. We always go above and beyond to put smiles on the faces of every child, sibling, and parent.
From leadership to volunteers, we assembled the right people with the right skills and experience to transform lives affected by childhood cancer. We’ve earned trust from the donors that back us, the communities we engage, and the families who allow us to care for their loved ones. All because we deliver on every promise we make.
We exist to help kids and families heal the emotional scars of childhood cancer and learn to thrive.
We provide safe spaces for children affected by cancer and their families to create lasting memories, forge lifelong friendships, and build the resiliency they need to heal.
We will lead our community of caretakers and supporters to see young patients through life with and after cancer.
It starts with transparency. We do what we say. No excuses. Just honest answers. This requires accountability from the top down, everyone holding each other responsible to always stand up for and do what’s right. The result is something we don’t take lightly and can never afford to lose—trust from every donor, community, and family we serve.
Our team is built on individuals who truly get it. Whether core staff or volunteers carefully chosen from hundreds of potential applicants, we all share a unique capacity for compassion. We understand what it’s like to live with childhood cancer. We know how to navigate its emotional nuances. We recognize the little moments that can help kids and families feel whole again. Above all, we care.
Families affected by childhood cancer are the toughest around, even if they don’t realize it. Our role is to guide them in finding the strength within. We provide safe, supportive spaces for children to make friends, create memories, and take chances. We give parents opportunities to see their kids laugh and just be kids again. Why? To help survivors build the resiliency they need for life beyond cancer.
Each of us is here to make a difference. One that’s hard to quantify, yet easy to spot. You can see it in the way we do whatever it takes to accommodate every need. It can be felt as week-long friendships grow into year-round group text chains. Most importantly, it is clear in every smiling child who returns transformed to their astonished parents.
We may come from different walks of life, but we all share a deep, personal connection. This unique bond develops almost instantly and easily transcends the differences and distances that separate us. It’s the reason why households plan their entire year around one week. We’ve built a community unlike any other that supports each other and takes care of its own. This is the family we choose, and we are stronger together.
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