UPLIFT is The Lonon Foundation's FREE monthly program designed for children ages 5-17 who have been affected by a parent or caregiver's cancer.​ Throughout the year, the UPLIFT program meets at various Lowcountry, kid-friendly venues to engage in fun and healthy activities with a community of people dedicated to helping them grow and heal from their experiences.  To view pictures from our most recent events, please go Here.


The UPLIFT program is a student-led organization on the College of Charleston campus, and is run by student volunteers.  All students complete Darkness to Light training as well as attend a volunteer workshop with graduate students from the College of Charleston Science in Child Life (MSCL) Program.  To become an UPLIFT volunteer, you must be a undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at The College of Charleston or The Medical University of South Carolina.  


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A Play-based Approach

UPLIFT works with graduate students from the University of Charleston, South Carolina (the Graduate School of the College of Charleston) Master of Science in Child Life (MSCL) Program. The MSCL graduate students engage in program development, and ensure that program content is developmentally appropriate and founded in theories of play and coping. Child life specialists are trained to provide support to children, adolescents, and their families through difficult life events, and to help them cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, disability, and loss. They implement a variety of therapeutic modalities including play, visual, auditory and tactile self-expression activities, and stress reduction using a family-centered-care model.


The MSCL graduate students, along with the College of Charleston UPLIFT students, work to facilitate participation during the events with a goal of all children and adolescents having an enjoyable, healthy experience.  For more information on Child Life Specialists' roles in UPLIFT and on the benefits of play therapy, click HERE.

How To Get Involved?

Through various grassroots fundraising campaigns on and off campus throughout the year, the College of Charleston student volunteers are able to support the UPLIFT program.  The Lonon Foundation's annual Hike for Mike, a family-friendly hike at Caw Caw Interpretive Center, also raises funds and awareness for UPLIFT. 


If you would like to know more about how to become a volunteer, or ways to support UPLIFT, please email us at