Carlson & Associates Initiates Charity Campaign in Collaboration with Camp Okizu to Provide Recreational Retreats for Families Affected by Childhood Cancer

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Carlson & Associates Insurance Agency debuts a new charity campaign in Hayward, CA in support of Camp Okizu, a nonprofit organization which provides fun and positive recreational activities, practical support and mentoring for children coping with cancer, and their families.

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Camp Okizu gives these youngsters the chance to just have fun and be kids... while being around people who understand their challenges. We feel privileged to help, and are fundraising to enable a weekend family camp experience for one family.

With a new charity program in the Hayward, CA area, Carlson & Associates Insurance Agency has teamed up with Camp Okizu in support of its efforts to provide recreational retreats for families dealing with the daily challenges of fighting childhood cancer. Nonprofit Camp Okizu is dedicated to providing fun retreat experiences which will help these children and their families to develop both a peer community of support, and practical strategies with which they may better cope with the illness and face the future with hope. To support this wonderful organization, donations may now be made at https://www.crowdrise.com/campretreatsocancerc/fundraiser/carlsonagency/setup_success/member.

Serving northern California for 34 years, Camp Okizu has been providing peer support, respite, mentoring and recreational programs to meet the needs of all family members affected by childhood cancer, at no charge. Okizu is a Sioux word meaning unity, to come together, to heal from a hurt, to make whole - which is exactly what Camp Okizu's devoted volunteers work to accomplish for these families, through medically-supervised, community-forming residential camp programs. In fact, kind-hearted volunteers contribute more than 1000 hours every year towards this goal. Since cancer is a diagnosis which impacts the entire family, Okizu provides peer opportunities and respite for all family members. All too often, children dealing with cancer miss out on a normal childhood, as the illness and treatment prevent them from enjoying activities the rest of us take for granted. And yet, they still need the opportunity to grow, to experiment and to learn independence, like any other child.

"Camp Okizu gives these youngsters the chance to just have fun and be kids," said Todd Carlson, Carlson & Associates' principal. "Okizu allows them and their families to enjoy a normal camp experience, while being around people who understand their challenges. We feel privileged to help, and are fundraising to enable a weekend family camp experience for one family."

Pledging to select a new individual, organization or family in need to receive their support every 30-60 days, the agency recently launched the master charity program, of which the current campaign is part. Utilizing its own resources and seeking the help of its own network of customers and business partners, Carlson & Associates Insurance Agency is committed to ensuring their customers, and their community, are always in good hands.

The agency will promote the current campaign over the course of the next 30-60 days, through its social media channels, email communications and monthly electronic and print magazine, which is delivered to thousands of households in the greater San Francisco bay area. Our Hometown magazine reserves a full page to showcase the campaign for Camp Okizu, and features all the details of this very worthy cause. The electronic Flipbook version of the current issue may be accessed here: http://www.carlsonagency.com/Our-Hometown-Magazine_39.

Readers who would like to join Carlson & Associates in providing a weekend retreat for one local family at Camp Okizu are encouraged to visit https://www.crowdrise.com/campretreatsocancerc/fundraiser/carlsonagency/setup_success/member, and are asked to share the page with their own network of friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. Contributors may be acknowledged for their donations through the agency's monthly magazine.

Once the current campaign is over, Carlson & Associates will continue to work closely with Camp Okizu and other nonprofit organizations in the area to assist in providing resources which can improve the local community, one family or person at a time. Information regarding past and current campaigns supported by the agency may be found at http://www.carlsonagency.com/community-cause. For more information about Carlson & Associates and the products and services they offer, visit http://www.carlsonagency.com/. To learn more about Camp Okizu and their mission to inspire hope, visit http://okizu.org/.

About Carlson & Associates Insurance Agency

Family owned and operated for over 40 years, award-winning Carlson & Associates serves clients in the East Bay area of San Francisco from two locations, in Hayward and San Ramon. Todd Carlson and his team of caring professionals pride themselves on providing consistently superior service, while helping customers protect the things that matter most – their families, homes, cars and more. To reach a dependable expert at Carlson & Associates, please call 510-582-7900.

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