December 15, 2012
Camp Sunshine was an amazing place. The camp has allowed my daughter, who had a heart transplant, to feel at home where she was free to be herself with out explanation or feel like an outcast. Children don't get looked at oddly when on steroids or other drugs that change their appearance. Surgical scars aren't pointed out. Families don't get harassed when they can't attend an activity. No one has to explain anything. It's a break from being different, as a child and as a family. We are all in a club of families who have a child with chronic health issues. No one signed up for this, it's what we were dealt in life. Camp member parents do have the opportunity to share in parent group time. We can let our guard down, share our fears and realize we are not the only family feeling the same things. While we are sharing, our kids are boating, swimming, painting or doing skits with staff and great volunteers. Family time is balanced during talent shows, meals and special camp activities. Parents even get to date, as a dinner dance is put on for them, while the kids either camp out, share treats at a bon-fire or relax for movie night. The games they have the adults and kids play are ridiculously funny. Life is uplifting and so much fun at Camp Sunshine. New friends are made and the bonding is unlike any other experienced. I experienced heaven on earth while I was there as a parent. It brought my family closer. Both my daughter and son enjoyed their experience meeting others from all over the globe. Camp Sunshine is a home away from home with out all the additional life stressors.
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