Mission & Vision
Camp Casco creates amazing camp experiences that build lifelong connections for children with cancer and their families. Our vision is to build a supportive community for children with cancer and their families.
Camp Casco began when CEO Erin Fletcher Stern moved to Boston to pursue a Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard University. After volunteering for several years at a camp for children dealing with cancer called Seany's Camp Reach For The Sky (CR4TS) in her hometown of San Diego, California, she sought out similar opportunities in the Boston area. When none could be found, she teamed up with Dr. Michael Goldberg, an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, to create one in early 2014. In Bolstered by fellow BBS graduate students Whitney Silkworth and Yi-Jang Lin, and the support of the Harvard medical community, Camp Casco quickly took off.
Chris Ramirez was a camper and long-time counselor at Seany's Camp Reach For The Sky (CR4TS), a camp for children dealing with cancer in San Diego, California. At camp, he was called "The Incredible Hulk", and he was the heart and soul of the organization. He loved life and never took a day for granted. No one cheered louder, played harder, or made newcomers feel more welcome - even after the brain tumor he defeated as a teenager returned in 2008. He lost a long battle against his cancer in 2013, but his legacy remains. No one can capture Chris's spirit better than his best friend and sister, Richelle. She describes his impact on the CR4TS community below:
"Casco", Spanish for "Hulk", represents the joy and hope that Chris brought to so many in San Diego, and what we hope Camp Casco will inspire in childhood cancer patients and survivors for years to come.