What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

CAMP, TO EASE THE SUFFERING

     Home  >  Articles  > Camp Advice & Tips
by Blaire Briody

Related:


“My 5-year old son was diagnosed with a rare and sometimes fatal blood disease when he was 2 years old. After four years of chemotherapy, surgeries, infections, and everything else that goes along with this nightmare, we are no closer to a cure than day one. However, Camp Sunshine has given us a week to heal. Greg met great friends, fished, went boating, and forgot about clinic for a while. My 3-year-old daughter had a chance to be number one, and my husband and I laughed and cried with other parents in similar situations…”
— The Haskin Family, Pembroke, MA

   If your child is diagnosed with leukemia or another life-threatening disease, the whole family suffers. Family members need not only support, counseling, and precious family time, but an escape from the grueling demands caused by the disease. Camp Sunshine, located along the shores of Sebago Lake, Maine, is a free camp for children with life-threatening diseases and includes every member of the immediate family. Last year, the camp hosted more than 750 families. — 240 of them from New York.  Each session lasts one week, and programs now run year-round, including specific programs on cancer, organ transplant, renal failure, and even one devoted to parents who have lost a child to an illness.

   Programs include 24-hour on-site medical and psychological support.  “We offer a different kind of vacation for these families,” says Matthew M. Hoidal, executive director. “It’s holistic and therapeutic, but it’s also fun.”

   For session schedules, applications and more info — and for details on how you can volunteer or send a donation — call (207) 655-3800, or visit www.campsunshine.org.


Boredom buster

Be a parent in the know
Receive our weekly highlights newsletter · Over 1,000 local activities

More Camp Advice & Tips Articles

Choosing the Right Camp...
Beating Homesickness at Camp
Camp & Summer Program Options That Are Just Right
How To Keep Kids Healthy at Camp
How To Pack for Camp

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Camp Advice & Tips Sponsors


Constellation Health Services
14 Westport Ave.
Norwalk, CT
203-845-8000
Leadership in the delivery of educationally relate...

Peak Performance
Westchester & Connecticut
877-308-PEAK 7325)
Unlike most swim camps, Peak Performance Swim Camp...
Khan Orthodontic Group
28 Merrick Ave.
Merrick, NY
516-378-1033
...

Bricks 4 Kidz (TM) - We Learn, We Build, We Play. With Lego® Bricks
Bricks 4 Kidz Creativity Center, 49 Ira Road
Syosset, NY
516-364-7100
Our programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere f...

Camp W
121 Wold Hill Rd
Melville, NY
631-692-6222
Parents, one size fits all may be a great idea for...
See Our Camp Advice & Tips Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2015 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE