Camp Raising Spirits: An Oncology Nursing Society Chapter Leadership Success Story

Laura A. Fennimore

Mary Burgunder

Sandra Lee Schafer

Gayle S. Jameson

oncology nursing, volunteer, leadership, cancer survivorship
CJON 2017, 21(4), 506-508. DOI: 10.1188/17.CJON.506-508

Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) members share a unique passion for the people they serve and frequently commit to projects that make a difference. Camp Raising Spirits, a weekend retreat for adults with cancer, has made a difference in southwestern Pennsylvania for hundreds of people with cancer and their caregivers for 24 consecutive years. This article will describe how an ONS chapter capitalized on the leadership attributes of partnership, creativity, and commitment to sustain an important community service program.


  • Cancer survivors benefit from opportunities to share experiences of their cancer journey with other survivors and take a break from their diagnosis in a well-supported, stress-free, fun environment.
  • ONS chapter members can build leadership skills by participating in community efforts that combine volunteerism with their passion for oncology nursing.
  • Partnership, creativity, and commitment are leadership attributes that can promote sustainable outcomes for community projects.
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