“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