Summer camp creates unforgettable moments for children, and Northwestern Mutual and Lollipop Theater Network will not let childhood cancer or the COVID-19 pandemic stop children from the unbridled joy that camp brings.
On August 29, Northwestern Mutual and Lollipop Theater Network hosted The Ultimate Camp-In, a daylong event bringing families affected by cancer nationwide creative at-home activities full of surprises that created lifelong and lasting memories.
A camping experience can be invaluable for those burdened by childhood cancer as it can provide support and connection with others. On August 29, Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation and in collaboration with Lollipop Theater Network [lollipoptheater.org], united hundreds of children and families who are affected by childhood cancer for a one-of-a-kind virtual camp experience. The Ultimate Camp-In [foundation.northwesternmutual.com] connected those currently fighting cancer, survivors, siblings and loved ones who often lack supportive communities that understand their treatment and emotional needs to engage with others nationwide. The experience allowed them to put their worries aside and let their imaginations transport them from their living room to a magical world of fun.
Activities were led by an inspiring cast of Ultimate Camp-In “counselors”, including actress Monique Coleman of High School Musical; New York City Ballet’s Principal Dancer, Tiler Peck; the real-life voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, Tom Kenny; and magician David Kwong. Children danced alongside the greats, learned to draw with a Nickelodeon animator, while also enjoying activities like Story Time, cupcake decorating and more. In addition, Peyton Richardson, a dynamic 18-year-old childhood cancer survivor and former participant of previous Camp-Ins, joined to emcee the event.
Northwestern Mutual launched its Childhood Cancer Program [foundation.northwesternmutual.com] in 2012 to find better treatments and cures, provide family and patient support and aid those who struggle with the long-term effects of treatment. The program has contributed more than $30 million with the help of its employees and financial advisors nationwide and has funded more than 400,000 hours of research.