Camp Sunshine recently announced their 2019 program schedule, which features 22 cost-free sessions for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Each session is tailored to a specific life-threatening illness including, cancer, hematologic conditions, renal disease, systemic lupus erythematosus and those who have undergone solid organ transplantation.
“We are looking forward to welcoming families from across the country and providing fun and exciting opportunities to every member of the family while they are at Camp,” said Michael Katz, executive director at Camp Sunshine. “Next year’s sessions will have many unique experiences in store from dog sledding and ice skating in the winter, to miniature golf and swimming in Sebago Lake in the summer.”
While at Camp, families will experience the benefits of empathy and encouragement, recreation and support, and hope and inspiration. Throughout each session, families will be able to participate in numerous activities such as rock climbing, miniature golf, swimming in Sebago Lake, and movie night. New to Camp Sunshine in 2018, families can now enjoy the Tropical Smoothie Café Sports Center with space for indoor basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, archery and rock climbing.
Camp Sunshine also hosts programs for rare bone marrow failure syndromes, as well as an Oncology session for families for whom Spanish is their first language, and two bereavement sessions for families who have experienced the death of a child from a supported illness.
One of the ways Camp Sunshine receives referrals for their various programs is by partnering with local, regional and national treatment centers such as Boston Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Naval Medical Center of San Diego to name just a few. For more information about attending Camp Sunshine as a family or to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Camp Sunshine
Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness.
Camp Sunshine’s program is offered year-round and has distinction of having been designed to serve the entire family in a retreat model. The program is free of charge to families and includes on-site medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement sessions are also offered for families who have experienced the death of a child from a supported illness. For more information, visit www.campsunshine.org.