(WKOW) — Lolly Rose founded Angel On My Shoulder in February 1995 in memory of her late husband Dick Rose, creator of the Discover Wisconsin TV and Radio Series, who passed away from cancer.
“Angel on my shoulder came to be because of him,” Rose said. “He loved to outdoors and he loved kids.”
For 23 years, the organization has been the backbone of the cancer support community in Wisconsin. It was created to meet the needs of families and kids challenged by cancer and offers cost-free retreats to participants.
A series of camps and retreats occur each year to support survivors. Camp Angel is held each winter, in January in Boulder Junction. It provides kids, ages 7-14, whose loved ones are affected by cancer a chance to get away from their stress and burdens and enjoy a Wisconsin winter with others whose lives are equally impacted by cancer.
Camp Hozhoni takes place the weekend of February 22nd and benefits the families of kids 18 and under living with cancer.
“Something that I can do for them is to come here and help create an amazing fun weekend where the cancer doesn’t matter, and that’s what life is all about,” Michele Ritt, a Camp Hozhoni volunteer said.
Angel’s programs are cost free thanks to individual and corporate donations. The programs are operated on a volunteer basis.