Touched by Cancer

Camp Aurora

Aurora Day Camp

In February 2021, The Glass Ribbon Project partnered with Camp Aurora in Atlanta, Georgia to present the first telepresence Chemo Buddies program over Zoom, enabling projects to continue despite the social distancing requirements of the COVID pandemic.

Since 2018, Camp Aurora has provided camp and community experiences for children with cancer and their families, at no cost, in the greater Atlanta area. Their programming has expanded from their 7-week summer camp to include year round public and in-hospital programming.

Through The Glass Ribbon Project’s Family Program Grant, Camp Aurora received $5000 in funds and Strength Stone kits, as well as an exclusive online live event with Gary Rosenthal which included the history of the project as well as a detailed tutorial on how to make Strength Stones and a question and answer segment.

Twenty families attended the event, and created glass mosaics. These pieces were fused together and cut into Strength Stones, half of which were returned to the participants for their use, with the other half being donated to newly diagnosed cancer patients. Additional glass created by participants was used to create decorative candlesticks for each participant of the program.