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.
 

Our History

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.

Since then, Camp Casco has offered camp sessions in 2015 and 2016- both of which were overwhelmingly successful! Check out videos from our previous camp sessions for a glimpse into our magical weeks of camp. We are now actively preparing for our third camp session, taking place in August 2017.

 

Our Name

Chris (right) and sister Richelle "Railroad" Ramirez (left) at the Friends of Scott prom in 2012.

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:

There was no limit for Chris; he would do anything in his power to bring a smile to the faces of others. From painting his entire body green to dressing in a full body chicken costume, Chris was the epitome of camp spirit. His love didn’t stop at the campers and counselors: he reached out to parents and made them feel comfortable and made them want their kids to experience camp the way that he did. Camp is a place for people to go and forget about the struggles and hardships in their lives, and Chris went above and beyond that call. Chris was a hero. He was able to be the happiest, silliest, most optimistic person in any room despite the painful struggle he had with cancer. Although Chris is no longer visible at camp, his spirit remains a permanent staple.
— Richelle "Railroad" Ramirez

"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.