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Causes: Children & Youth, Health, Health Care, Youth Development Programs

Mission: 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 is the only program in the nation offered year-round with the 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.

Results: Over the past 32 years, Camp Sunshine has served more than 48,900 family members from 50 states and 27 countries.

Target demographics: Just as an illness does not target a specific demographic, Camp Sunshine's programs and support is available to all families, regardless of economic or cultural backgrounds.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 750-800 families, or 3,000 - 3,200 family members.

Geographic areas served: National / International.

Programs: Families of children diagnosed with cancer, hematologic conditions, renal disease, systemic lupus, those who have undergone solid organ transplantation, and families of children with other life-threatening illnesses attend illness-specific sessions of varying lengths. Families have the opportunity to solidify their relationships and meet others facing similar challenges. Bereavement programming is also provided for families who have lost a child to the illnesses served at Camp.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

My youngest cousin went to Camp Sunshine years ago when she was receiving treatment for neuroblastoma. She and her family had a fabulous time. They always said how nice it was to get away and just experience the normalcy of camp activities and camp life. Camp Sunshine is a fantastic organization and the world is a little brighter because of them.

Donor

Rating: 5

In any dealings I've had with Camp Sunshine they have been most cooperative and extremely efficient with regards to letting me know that the donation I have made has been received. . What they are doing with children and their families cannot be measured in any other way but wonderful. This is an organization that deserves whatever you can do to support them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Camp Sunshine from my son Alex. He is a student and University of New England in Maine (near Camp Sunshine). He was doing the Polar Plunge to raise funds for the camp and asked me to help his cause. Of course I obliged and soon came a thank you from the camp for my small donation. I was impressed as I have given some monies to different charities in the past and cannot remember getting such a nice note. In researching the camp I was amazed at the wonderful things that they are doing for families in need. As a leukemia survivor, I know what family means when it comes to overcoming adversity (both physically and mentally) and to be able to help support such a wonderful cause just makes you feel good! I think it is of utmost importance to let the rest of the world learn about Camp Sunshine and help support it in any way possible. No matter the monetary amount given they make you feel like you are part of their "family" and I cannot ask for more than that.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first met Camp Sunshine many years ago when a fellow employee ran a Florida to Maine marathon to support the camp. This introduction began what I know today will be a life-long affiliation with an incredible team of caring people. I am fortunate to NOT need the services Camp Sunshine provides... and I am even more fortunate to have the opportunity to be counted amongst Camp Sunshine's thousands of supporters.

Donor

Rating: 5

When I first set foot on the Camp Sunshine campus, I couldn't stop smiling. Absolutely everything is meticulously maintained, and the compassion and passion staff and volunteers show in hosting their guests is readily apparent. Seeing the kids participate in a wide range of recreational activities...big smiles...lots of laughter...it's a special place. This organization does an extraordinary job in providing a supportive environment for kids with life threatening illnesses and their entire families. I am not easily impressed...but Camp Sunshine is simply the best.

Donor

Rating: 5

I AM A BUISINESS MANIN WINDHAM MAINE AND HAVE BEEN FUNDRAISING FOR CAMP SUNSHINE FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS, IN THIS TIME I HAVE HAD GREAT SUCCESS, HAVE RAISED HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY AND CREATED MANY RELATIONSHIPS, ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN DUE TO THE INCREDIBLE STAFF AND DEDICATION OF GREAT VOLUNTEERS THAT CONTINUES TO INSPIRE ME. I WILL CERTAINLY CONTINUE TO SUPPORT CAMP AND THE SPECIAL CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FOR MANY YEARS TO COME AS THEY TRULY DEFINE WHAT A NON PROFIT SHOULD BE. THANK YOU. RON EBY