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Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services

Jacob's Heart

Organization Mission

Our goal is to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families. Since 1998, we have been at the side of more than 600 local children with cancer and more than 3,000 family members as they have navigated the journey from diagnosis, through an uncertain future, and beyond.

The no-cost services are funded entirely through community donations. Jacob’s Heart receives no government support or reimbursement for services to advance our vision to create a community where every child with a serious or life-threatening condition has a supported and informed family empowered to fully participate in their care.

The Big Idea:
Camp Heart + Hands

Camp Heart + Hands provides a life-changing camp experience for children with cancer and their families in Santa Cruz County. The camp experience allows families to create empowering bonds with other families enduring pediatric cancer and forget about their disease for a weekend.

Our camp is staffed by pediatric ICU nurses and oncologists from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Highlights of the weekend include campfires, support groups, movie night, climbing wall, skateboard park, family carnival, music, dancing, healthy food, art, swimming, games, magic, pony rides and more. Camp Heart + Hands is for families whose never-ending strength is an inspiration to everyone.


An amazing weekend making new lifelong friends and taking a break from cancer.

Christina S., Watsonville