Rest and Refuge, Hugs and Laughter


Camp Wieser 2023

The Wieser family’s dream of giving adult cancer patients and their loved ones a weekend to leave all the stress of their cancer battle behind, focus on living life, enjoying each other, and connecting with others who truly understand what they are going through, LIVES ON! Twenty-five beautiful camp families created memories they will cherish forever at this year’s Camp Wieser, held on September 15-17 at Mission Springs Conference Center in Scotts Valley, California. Plans for Camp Wieser 2024 are already underway (the dates are set for September 13-15, 2024)so be sure to subscribe to the foundation’s e-newsletter for information on how to apply to attend camp or be a volunteer. Scroll down to the Stories of Gratitude to see what this year’s campers and volunteers are saying about their experience.

Camp Wieser

Camp Wieser is a chance for a family with an adult battling cancer to rediscover joy, celebrate life, and create memories. It is a safe refuge, with no demands or expectations, an ideal setting for adult cancer patients and their families to disconnect from the seriousness of the illness and have some serious fun. During this annual weekend getaway in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California, adult cancer patients and their families can choose to participate in as many or as few of the services or activities led by our supportive and caring Me-One volunteers. For the adult cancer patient, it’s an escape from the blizzard of dealing with their disease. For the youngsters and other family and supporters, it’s a well-needed (and often postponed) vacation filled with fun. And it’s all free for the cancer warrior and their family and friends. During the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, when in-person camp was not possible, the foundation delivered boxes of fun items to families who would normally have qualified to attend in-person camp. These camps were called “Camp Wieser Staycation.” read some of the testimonials below.

Camp Activities for the Whole Family

Participating cancer patients find these rejuvenating services and activities delightful:
  • Pampering spa treatments by certified aestheticians
  • Massages
  • Makeovers
  • Pedicures
  • Manicures
  • Facials
  • Hair Styling
  • Reflexology
  • Henna Body Art
  • Fireside chats with other patients and families
  • Musical performances
  • Singalongs
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Skits
  • Inspirational speakers
In addition to all of that relaxation and pampering, Camp has adventures for all ages and abilities:
  • Games
  • Sports
  • Dancing
  • Hiking
  • Climbing Wall
  • Archery
  • Yoga
  • Zip Line