How can we help?


August 3-9, 2019

NEW LOCATION: Lake Retreat in Ravensdale, WA

Camp Side-by-Side is a week of FUN for families who have a child with cancer.

The first step is to complete the Family Interest Form below. Camp fills up fast, so don't delay! 

::  Among other relevant criteria, priority is given to families who are within three years of completion of all cancer-directed therapy (IV/oral chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy).

 ::  Camp is geared toward families with school-aged kids, though we welcome families with infants/toddlers to apply.

 ::  Qualifying families may participate in two Side-by-Side Getaway experiences. Beyond that, families may apply to be on the wait list for Camp and/or Winter Weekend.

::  Camp is offered to families for FREE!




Family Support:

Has your family temporarily relocated to Seattle for medical treatment? We provide enthusiastic screened and trained volunteers to spend time with your children (patient and/or siblings) for two to five hours per week. If your kids could use a fun playmate (and you could use a break), we’d love to connect with you!




Your volunteer team will customize activities depending on the age, interests, health, and energy level of your child(ren). This may include:
• Playing games or reading stories
• Outings to the Zoo, Aquarium, and/or local parks
• Building and launching a model rocket
• Baking and decorating cookies
• Painting pottery and sharing a treat at University Village
Activities carry no cost for families or volunteers.


• Volunteers are screened by our staff and trained with support from Seattle Children’s, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Hutch School.
• Volunteers follow the buddy system, and are only alone with a child in a public setting (hospital room, playroom, etc.)
• Volunteers will maintain close communication with parents and will follow your lead regarding special concerns.
• If volunteers are not feeling well, they will reschedule the planned activity.

Ready to get started? To refer a family, or refer yourself, click on a button below.


Have questions? Contact Marla.


Side-by-Side Preschool:

A nurturing, playful environment where children are empowered to engage their curiosity.  We serve patients and siblings age 3-5 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at the Ronald McDonald House.

Find out more on our Preschool page.


Ronald McDonald House:

Join Side-by-Side for FUN at the Ronald McDonald House!

Here’s when you can expect us each month:
First Mondays: Dinner and BINGO
Second Mondays: Dinner and Crafts
Fourth Mondays: Dinner and Crafts

Check out the Ronald McDonald House website for more information about activities.