For children whose daily routines – or even entire lifetimes – have been defined by the grueling physical and psychological demands of cancer and its treatment, “the great outdoors” may be more akin to an abstract idea than an easy encounter.
From inside the rigid walls of a hospital room, treatment facility or oncologist’s office, a child’s window on the world is fogged by war with disease, open only to fleeting glimpses of what awaits outside.
By nature, every child is curious, inquisitive and eager to explore. Yet despite seemingly boundless access to technology, media, entertainment and information, nothing sparks a child’s inherent sense of adventure quite like a chorus of birds at sunrise, the unbridled rush of white water, or a tapestry of diamonds in the night sky.
Wonders such as these, and countless more, await at Teton Science Schools, home to The Children’s Grand Adventure. This pioneering nonprofit program welcomes young cancer survivors to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a nine-day immersion in one of our nation’s most majestic natural settings.
Conquering cancer requires climbing a summit that a relative few will ever traverse. The Children’s Grand Adventure inspires youngsters who have made this trek to continue their journeys in a truly life-affirming direction.