Free Vacations and Day Trips for Cancer Patients and Families

free vacations and daytrips for cancer patients and families
This page was originally published April 7, 2018 and updated May 26, 2024.

Cancer is hard on the whole family. It’s so important to take time out to de-stress and get away from the daily routine and build life-long memories. These programs offer a chance to do all that for free. From couples retreats to beach stays to a day of beauty, we hope you find a program that eases your burden for a short while.

Free Vacation Programs For Cancer Patients and Families

Little Pink Houses of HopeLittle Pink Houses of Hope

Free, week-long vacations for breast cancer patients and their families to encourage taking time out to relax, reconnect and rejuvenate. Retreats are held at locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Texas, Michigan, Arizona, Florida, and California.

All expenses except travel to and from the retreat are included. For help on travel costs, please see our transportation and grant sections. Applications are usually open each year from October to August. To find out when the next retreats are being held and to submit an application, please visit

Project KoruProject Koru

A free, three-to-six day outdoor adventure for cancer survivors age 18-39.

From the website “We use adventure-based experiences such as surfing, outrigger canoeing, standup paddling, skiing, and snowboarding, as channels of healing and renewal to treat the mind, body, and soul.”

To check out retreat options and schedule, please visit

Epic Experience free vacations for cancer survivorsEpic Experience

Free one-week outdoor adventures to individuals 18 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with cancer at any time in their lives. All expenses except travel are covered.

Check our Transportation and Housing section for possible travel funding. The application for Epic Experience is available online here:

These are just a few of the many wonderful programs available to help cancer patients and their families take a much-needed break from treatment and everyday life. If you know of any others not mentioned here, please share them in the comments! And if you’ve had the chance to take advantage of one of these programs yourself, we’d love to hear about your experience. ❤️

More Free Vacations and Day Trips

Cancer is a draining illness, both physically and emotionally. You deserve a respite from the chaos and the nonprofits we’ve included here and in our national directory understand that and want to help you. Please visit this section of our website for many more zero-cost vacation and day-trip programs available to you and your family.

Free Vacations and Day Trips for Cancer Patients and Families

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  1. Epic Experience sounds so great! It can be hard at times. I think getting away and being around other people with similar experiences would do me some good. Thank you for sharing this information!

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