Smile-A-Mile Place Programs
A childhood cancer diagnosis impacts the whole family. Many of Smile-A-Mile’s programs focus on bringing the family together while also meeting the unique needs of the parents and siblings.
In 2017, Smile-A-Mile hosted the 1st Annual Spring Fling. This event corresponded with our annual Motorcycle Ride fundraising event. The Spring Fling is the perfect event for families, at all different stages of their cancer journey, to get together for fellowship and fun. Families enjoy watching the motorcycles make their grand entrance. The families then had the opportunity to eat lunch, play games and spend time visiting with the riders.
Family Night at the Barons
Smile-A-Mile Place is the perfect space and location for families to get together to spend quality time while also enjoying the Parkside District. Each summer, families get together for activities at Smile-A-Mile Place followed by a Birmingham Barons baseball game.
Moms’ events at Smile-A-Mile Place are for mothers of children who are on or off therapy. These events allow moms of children who are at various stages of their childhood cancer journey to build a sense of community that provides encouragement and support.
These events provide an avenue for fellowship for siblings. They are able to bond with others who have faced the same unique experiences in life that occur from being a sibling of a childhood cancer patient. These events include movie nights, dinners, night out at the Birmingham Barons and much more.
Day Camps allow patients, survivors and their siblings to come together to form bonds while also participating in activities that foster expression, healing and self-confidence. These activities include art, drama, dance, yoga and much more.
Beyond Camp Events
Beyond Camp is year-round programming for adult survivors of pediatric cancer. Beyond Camp is divided into two groups – Young Adults and Sustainers. The Young Adult group is for survivors ages 19-25. They attend a young adult retreat each year. The Sustainers are 26+. Most survivors of childhood cancer face late effects of treatment well into adulthood. We provide these survivors with avenues for fellowship to cope with these effects. We also facilitate opportunities to develop their leadership skills. It is our goal that the Sustainers will give back to Smile-A-Mile and become leaders in their communities. Smile-A-Mile hosts quarterly dinners for Beyond Camp at Smile-A-Mile Place.
Smile-A-Mile will host its annual Holiday Gathering for families in December at Smile-A-Mile Place.