On-Belay builds community among youth who have a family member that has been touched by cancer using adventure based programs that encourage participants to uncover their inner resilience. 

Through the support of being “On-Belay”, we give participants a chance to connect with other children facing similar challenges, while learning to support others, ask for help and develop confidence.

Events located in Maine, New Hampshire & Massachusetts.


Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and

beyond their parent's cancer.

A program of Kesem, Camp Kesem operates free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent's cancer.

With over 5 million children impacted by a parent's cancer, Camp Kesem must continue expanding to meet this need. Kesem is the largest national organization dedicated to this unique population, and for many children their Camp Kesem experience is a life-changing event–providing them a community of children with similar experiences, and a safe and welcoming environment to have fun and rediscover their childhood.


The Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing and furthering the availability of comprehensive psychosocial services to cancer patients and their families throughout Vermont and Northern New York. The Foundation’s vision is that all who face cancer can do so with dignity, confidence and serenity.


A Child Life Specialist strives to support children impacted by the cancer of an adult loved one.

A CLS provides individual and family support to ensure that families going through the cancer experience have access to resources and care. They can help parents to address the question, “What do we tell the children?” and help answer questions children have about the cancer experience, prepare them for hospital visits, and through a variety of therapeutic activities help children develop coping strategies to navigate medical stressors. 

Contact Jennifer C. Eddy at Jennifer.C.Eddy@uvmhealth.org

Sarah Taylor at



Healing Winds creates lasting memories for individuals with cancer, and their loved ones, through the therapeutic experience of sailing.  We believe that sailing provides relief for individuals living with cancer. Our sailing excursions are refreshing, relaxing, and spirit-lifting. We provide an opportunity to rebuild courage, love and relationships, as we create lasting memories.