Camp Mak-A-Dream Heads Up Conference


The Heads Up Conference is a unique experience for young adults ages 18-35 who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor and are dealing with long-term effects of both their disease and its treatment.  As a young adult, everything is ahead of you-college, career, marriage, family. Now, add a brain tumor and its life altering effects; from vision or hearing loss to cognitive delay to impulse control.

To help young adult brain tumor survivors address these unique challenges HUC offers a combination of the usual camp fun like swimming, archery, dances, horseback riding and high ropes with educational workshops that address specific issues faced by brain tumor survivors. Participants tackle issues head on; education and employment challenges, stunted growth, mood swings, bullying, relationships, and grief and loss. This conference focuses on developing social skills and giving participants the opportunity to connect with other survivors that may be experiencing similar experiences.

Most important, participants stay connected with one another. They share photos on Facebook, text about treatments, issues and life in general. They leave Camp with a network of friends who understand, provide support and steel their courage long after they’ve returned home; a network of friends uniquely like themselves.