Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children from birth to age 15. Each year, more than 10,000 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed—approximately 46 children and adolescents every day. While the child receives the diagnosis, the entire family is impacted - parents grow weary, siblings take the “backseat”, finances are stretched, relationships become tense and faith and hope falter.
Blue Skies is a non-profit ministry (Tax ID# 272071359) bringing the hope of Christ to families living through the challenges of pediatric cancer at weeklong beach retreats. Days are filled with kindness, hope, friendships and activities that give families much-needed time together away from hospitals, clinics and chaos. Compassionate volunteers befriend the guest families and also take care of the daily routines like cooking and cleaning so the guests can simply relax, reconnect and have fun.
Blue Skies practices excellent stewardship with every gift received so that funding can be focused directly on the families we serve. We operate with a small staff of part-time employees who lead the tremendous team of volunteers who together make the retreats and ministry happen. The Board of Directors oversees and assures Blue Skies maintains the highest of financial standards.
Would you consider bringing hope and laughter to children with cancer and their families with a donation to Blue Skies? Each retreat costs nearly $75,000 that covers all costs such as housing, activities, supplies, food and insurance. There are program elements and activities (picnics, welcome bags, outings, Blue Skies Goodies, etc.) that make the week so special, helping to heal families living through challenges most of us will never face. On behalf of every courageous Blue Skies family battling childhood cancer, we thank you for your consideration to make our Wishes and Dreams come true!