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Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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 one of the only programs 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 support. Bereavement sessions are also offered for families who have experienced the death of a child from a supported illness.

Results: Since 1985, Camp Sunshine has served more than 52,000 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: 700-750 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

266 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter Quinn was diagnosed with a pilocytic astrocytoma brain tumor when she was two years old. After multiple brain tumor resection surgeries and 18 months of chemotherapy, we were able to stop the brain tumor from growing further. Shortly thereafter, we were lucky to find the greatest organization to help us through our journey: Camp Sunshine! We first went there for our daughter to get away, but quickly realized that Camp was a way for parents of children in similar battles to come together. There is no other place like Camp Sunshine, enveloping our families in true empathy. Our lives will never be the same thanks to everyone at Camp Sunshine and all those that support this phenomenal organization! Thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Aww! We loved camp Sunshine a lot . My Son was diagnosed with sickle cell. We were invited by by his social worker. We met with other families and learned a lot from each other. The food was great, so many fun activities we did. The accommodation was awesome infact it was like a vacation. We took of off time from the busy city to come down to camp Sunshine to cool off. Honestly, when it was time to leave. We cried and hugged each other. We were like family. Am sorry, I didn't add pictures but we sure took so many amazing pictures. I did not forget to mention those amazing Men and women who volunteered to watch our kids while we enjoy ourselves, go from one activity to the other. Thank you everyone. I hope I can upload some interesting pictures next time.

Anna Ames P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family loves Camp Sunshine. My husband and I found comfort and solace there by being able to share our story of our daughters journey with cancer. My daughter got to spend time with other children living with or survivors of cancer. She got to learn and explore her own story in a safe and supportive environment. The staff and volunteers were fun, compassionate, thoughtful and respectful. Our time at Camp Sunshine will always be one of the most special experiences we have had as a family.

Borislav D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family first learned about Camp Sunshine from a social worker at MGH Boston where my son was treated for kidney failure.
We were scared from the unknown, we were scared to face strangers but Camp Sunshine is our extended family now. I can’t recommend it enough no matter the patient condition. Our son was on Peritoneal Dialysis in 2015 when we first met Camp Sunshine staff members, renal session families and volunteers! Camp Sunshine is the place where parents of ill child and it’s siblings will be able to relax and meet new friends who will become family in very short period of time and a long lasting relationship!
I don’t have the words to express how tankful my son Martin, my daughter Mila, my wife Nadia and myself we all are to this incredible organization!
Thank you Mrs. Gould!
Thank you Mike Katz!
Thank you Nancy!
Thank you all!

Boris Dafov

Andrea R.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had the pleasure of attending the Pediatric Low Grade Brain Tumor week at Camp Sunshine twice. It was the most at home and understanding place I have ever felt since my son’s diagnosis. They are now “our people” and friends. We have enjoyed staying in touch via an online group and personally ever since. We can’t wait to get back there in person. It is such a breath of fresh air to be in a place where you, your family and your child fit right in and are loved for all that they are. - The Rix Family, St. Augustine Florida

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was invited to Camp Sunshine after our oldest child was diagnosed with Wilm's tumor, which is kidney cancer and we were treated with kindness and compassion. The staff at Camp sunshine are phenomenal!! They are always accomodating , ensuring that the families have supplies that they need or can guide them as to where they can find what they need. They go above and beyond to ensure that the families have fun by having different activities such as a talent show, they have date night for the parents, games and art projects for the kids, as well as swimming and nature walks. We grew closer as a family after visiting Camp Sunshine because it is an experience like no other!!

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I attended the oncology session in July 2018 and I was truly amazed and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support not only from other families that were attending, but also the staff, they are the cream of the crop! Any family that is able to attend Camp Sunshine will not be disappointed there is always something to do and they make the families and kids feel unstoppable like they can take on the world! Thank you for bringing our family closer together!

Melanie Spittler

Susan Cocci G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

With Covid, we have only gotten to experience Camp Sunshine at home...but it is WONDERFUL! Everything has been so creative and well thought-out, not to mention fun. Whenever I am corresponding with them through email, the team is prompt and so kind. They have brought much sunshine to the lives of this pediatric cancer family! ~The Gilberts

Client Served

Rating: 5

everything about Camp Sunshine exceeded our expectations. The mental calm that it gave to our family was priceless, as well as the many smiles and laughter. We have been greatly missing it during the covid years and can't wait to return! We have made lifelong friends from all over through this camp! The volunteers are so empathic, compassionate and helpful. Wonderful, wonderful place at any part of your journey.

Client Served

Rating: 5

All volunteers always try their best to make the kids feel good. They make a difference in our kids lives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. We spent time at the camp in person and have participated in several online sessions. The programming is excellent and we received incredible support from all the staff and volunteers. We love Camp Sunshine !

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family participated in Camp Sunshine in 2018. The staff were so kind and supportive. The accommodation was excellent and the meals were great! The activities were well planned and we enjoyed them all. It was like one big family having fun and sharing our experiences.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredibly enjoyable and relaxing. Sharing experience with similar families was very helpful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine was a whole lot of fun for our family. The staff and volunteers were so warm and welcoming. On top of that the facilities and campus were fantastic and filled with so many fun activities, including a lake with all kinds of water sports, dancing and games at night, and even the food was good. For families going through a lot, you really lose yourself in this paradise.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a really good camp! My daughter love it and all the people there are so kind to her. They entertain all the kids there with all sorts of games and give them yummy food too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife, granddaughter and I have been. Volunteers for many years at Camp Sunshine. We all agree that the times that we have been volunteering have been some of the happiest moments of our lives. We have all so volunteered for the same number of years at the Auction,Monte Carlo and other Fundraising events. Camp Sunshine has a special place in our hearts because we have a multi-handicapped grandson and his sister is the one who volunteers with us. We have seen directly the affect that Camp has on so many special children. All of those who work at Camp Sunshine are Angels in our minds.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not sure of what to expect, I became a Camp Sunshine volunteer 14 years ago. (returning for many, many sessions ever since). What I found was a world where kindness and smiles relieve the everyday stresses for the kids and their families. During the session all kids are just regular kids, whether the patient or the siblings. Kids meet other kids that look and act just like them. Volunteers guide age-appropriate fun filled camp days, and evenings bring the families together again for dancing, talent shows, and various entertainment. Parents have opportunities to share their stories and strategies with other parents, partake in blooper games, or to enjoy some quiet time to just relax. Kids follow fun-filled agendas allowing both inside and outside year-round activities supervised by the many yellow-shirted volunteers. The groups of strangers who entered through the yellow doors just days before, leave as friends and family by the session's end.

Jenny Deweese L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the BEST weeks of the year for our family! We drive all the way from Tennessee to Maine to refresh our family priorities and to come together with other families that are going through or have gone through childhood cancer like us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly a place of hope for us! I didn’t even realize how lonely I was until we met others who could relate to our experience. We attended the Solid Organ Transplant Camp 2019, and my eldest still talks about it constantly! Can’t wait to go back when my second is older (she’s now 2 years old and is the organ recipient) and is able to participate more.

Camp Sunshine loves on the whole family, not just the child. (Take me back to Camp Sunshine every year, please!)

Monserrat G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine is an awesome place! It has a sense of calm, peace and healing. We attended Retinoblastoma Camp June 2019 and it deeply impacted our family. We connected with other families that went through the same journey we had, and it is recomforting to experience such great empathy, knowledge and support. My kids loved the activities they had and had a lot of fun. They want to go back every year!! My RB son had an opportunity to meet with other kids that had the same journey as he had and that itself is a life changing experience. We can't thank enough Camp Sunshine for letting us live this experience and for the love and commitment they do all things for families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp sunshine is one of the most amazing places that contributes tremendous joy and happiness and strength to our year. Our son has a rare cancer, retinoblastoma. We didn’t have a local tribe of families that truly understood or could support us. We found out about retinoblastoma week at camp sunshine through a friend and as soon as we arrived and saw other families who have experienced and lived with the same cancer we knew we had found our group! Between the amazing fun and memories we make with our tribe, also comes amazing support, love, and friendship from other campers and the staff. Our experiences at Camp Sunshine has been life changing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the most loving caring and sharing places to be! The individuals here really love and care for you and your family as if you are there own. Providing such great quality clean services. Love them to the moon and back. They have become my forever family!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer at Camp Sunshine in 2014, and I admit, I was a reluctant volunteer. I didn't know what to expect or what would be expected of me.
Fast forward to 2020--I am no longer a reluctant volunteer but an eager volunteer--trying to go as often as I can.
Over the years, I met families struggling with managing their child's medications and daily life, families who are trying to reconcile the loss of a child , and through it all they find support or solace from others experiencing the same. Volunteers make a difference providing respite so parents can get away from their routines and bond with other families or just to be able to take a deep breath.
I have made friendships that will last my lifetime. Some of those friends are families, volunteers and staff at Camp Sunshine.
I am grateful to have been urged by my daughter to volunteer at this wonderful place of hope and healing.
Coming away from a session at Camp, I feel like a much better person.

Phillip J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were able to give us joy while dealing with such heartache for our little boys battle with cancer. Will always be part of our lives

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have three boys we being going to campsunshine since 2016 until now the first time we went there it was so beautiful and lovely and peaceful and enjoyable and entertaining with all the volunteers and directors and everybody else went went we were leaving we started to cry because we don't want to leave but we couldn't go in person this year because the covid 19 but we did on zoom but it still feel like we're there in person but I have another son now he's 10 months he couldn't go in person this year but he go and zoom and he love it its beautiful lovely place for everybody it make u feel u in heaven love u guys

Denise G.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine is awesome !! Over the summer we participated in arts and crafts and zoom meetings and my boys loved it. They added smiles and laughs during a tough time. Their creativity and support is unmatched

Client Served

Rating: 5

This year was my families first time with camp sunshine although we were at home they made it special by having "camp at home." It was very lively and I can not wait to go in person with the family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a family from the Sunshine state.
Camp Sunshine in February was a little different then our normal winter day. Some how they found ways to keep us thin blooded Floridians outside everyday. Snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing, horse drawn carriage rides, sking, and sledding. The lodging was beyond what I imagined. Our Florida mermaid even had time to show off her swimming skills in the pool.
You can't talk about how great Camp Sunshine is without talking about the people. The staff and volunteers are amazing. They feel like family by the time you leave camp. The parents even get time to participate in support groups if they so choose. But be warned, do not wear anything tight fitting. The kitchen staff will see to it you need extra belt loops.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with lupus nephrotic syndrome in 2016 at same time I was going to have brain surgery to remove a tumor 30-6 was a scary year but we got through it will lots of faith,family,friends ,doctors told us about camp sunshine we were blessed to go in in 10-2019 we had a amazing time learning so much and getting to relax from all things going on we are so thankful for camp sunshine and the volunteers and all people who donate for families like us to receive a great adventure from Camp Sunshine my family would love to go back in future thanks for all you do We Love Camp Sunshine ☀️

Donor

Rating: 5

The Maine Professional Drivers Association got involved with Camp Sunshine in 1998 and has worked with the South Portland Lions Clubs to raise funds each year by holding a Trucking for Kids Convoy. Over that period many truck drivers have volunteered their time and raised over $185,000 for the Camp. This has given many kids the opportunity to attend and get all the great benefits that the Camp provides for those who really need it. Once you see what the kids get out of this camp and what it accomplishes, you find it very easy to give of your time and treasure to help them accomplish their goal.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine is a magical place for families with children with life threatening illness. They are so wonderful at connecting families and supporting people at all points of their journey. Even through Covid they have kept us all connected and hopeful. Can’t think Camp Sunshine and all of their volunteers for all of their great work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no other place like Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine provides a healing retreat for children, their siblings, and their parents. The property is amazing! Children are given a reprieve from medical life, and are able to enjoy a well planned out week full of activities. Parents are given opportunities to share with other parents and enjoy their own activities as well. Camp Sunshine is truly a place of hope, healing, and sunshine!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my favorite place in the world! I can not say enough about it. The families I have met there have become a part of my family. The staff are incredibly kind and responsible. The facilities are top notch and extremely clean. The programming is fun and challenging. The food is so yummy and there is a little something for everyone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first went to Camp Sunshine in my early teens (also the early 2000's), and went around 2004, and then again around 2007 and 2009. Unfortunately the last two times were for Bereavement sessions. Camp Sunshine helped my family enjoy the time we did have with my late brother, Michael, and helped us grieve his loss. From 2007-2019 I participated every winter in the "Freezin for a Reason" polar plunge to support Camp Sunshine, strengthening relationships with my loved ones and contributing what we could to this amazing organization. I wish that every family suffering from childhood cancer could experience Camp Sunshine.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the summer of 2019 I volunteered for the first time during the Lupus session. It was such a heartfelt and rewarding experience. Getting to create bonds with the kids, families and other volunteers was one of the best parts. But being able to see the campers' faces light up like they're having the time of their life was amazing. Camp Sunshine is my favorite place in the entire world and I cant wait to return next summer. It was the best experience but also the hardest. Having to say goodbye to the families was the hardest goodbye. Camp Sunshine is the place to be!

Donor

Rating: 5

Landry/French Construction has been involved with Camp Sunshine for the past four years, and is deeply touched by their mission. Not only do they provide a tremendous service to these children, but for their entire families who, too, are affected by the illness. We've seen firsthand Camp Sunshine's passion and commitment for what they do. It warms our hearts knowing that these children and their families can enjoy a bit of respite if only for a short period.

Katelyn D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine is magic.

It is a wonderful place that allows a child to be a person and not a diagnosis. Camp Sunshine provides adventure in the form of games, activities, and camaraderie. Thousands of volunteers come from all over the country to laugh, play, and cry with all of the families that come through the door. It is not only a place to forget, but a place to celebrate. It connects families with people that just get it. These families, whom some have never met another family like theirs, are able to feel the weight lifted off of their shoulders as they talk to people who understand. They celebrate victories and mourn the losses. I am proud to be a volunteer of a camp that’s mission is to help. Camp Sunshine teaches me to help. It teaches me that even through the scariest of diagnoses, a child will always remain a child. Smiley, full of hope, and a superhero of pure determination.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine changes my life every time I have an opportunity to volunteer. I started my kitchen duties after my son, Chris, volunteered with a group from his High School. His experiences, stories and pictures of this amazing place told me I had to be a part of this extraordinary place. Soon after, we both started volunteering and have continued every year for quite a while now. People who know us know that we are passionate about Camp Sunshine and what it provides to all of our Camp families. Camp Sunshine where our family gets bigger with every session, and our Camp families to whom we are related by that same love of Camp, drive us to run an annual grassroots fundraiser (Quarters for Camp) to fund getting a family the opportunity to attend Camp. It is our way of giving back to a place that leaves a beautiful mark on the heart of everyone who attends – volunteers, families, friends. There is no greater joy than to experience Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine has been a magical destination to thousands of families over the last 35 years. When I walk through the front door something happens that I can’t explain. One step inside and the outside world no longer exists. The stress, the pressures and the fast pace world all disappear. Once inside love, passion, respect and caring hearts become the normal amongst all. The incredible staff has the sessions and facilities running smoothly at all times. They are the heartbeat of Camp sunshine. It’s amazing to watch them greet volunteers and families with lots of love and smiles. Without the incredible bright yellow shirted volunteers, Camp Sunshine would not exist as we know it. The tireless efforts, love and support they show to each family member is what Camp Sunshine all about. The families attending Camp Sunshine each session learn that they can share the life challenges they are facing with other families facing the same challenges. It’s beautiful to watch the families bond with each other throughout the session. The love that is displayed is like a ray of sunshine.

The world would be a better place if it followed the same values that
Camp Sunshine follows.

Bob Pappalardo.

TeamTelomere

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Camp Sunshine since 2001. I am constantly motivated to return to Camp to help give the families who pass through the 3 yellow doors a unique experience. It's truly a retreat and respite from their routines that include doctors, clinics, scans, medications. At Camp Sunshine, the whole family gets to disconnect from that life to connect with others who are experiencing a similar experience in the childhood disease world. The love and the depth of connection is apparent from the first moment you enter campus. The staff and volunteers are readily available to meet the needs of the family, ensuring all members are able to relax and enjoy their experience at Camp. It is a truely special place and I can't recommend it highly enough.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Camp Sunshine since 2002 and it continues to be very rewarding because it is so special to all the families and volunteers.
We say there are no coincidences at Camp. That we are all destined to be there at the exact moments that we attend to interact with others and bring peace and love to everyone who is there with us.
I cannot thank Camp Sunshine enough for allowing me to be a part of the magic!

Carol C.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Camp Sunshine is a very special experience. Seeing the smiles, hearing the laughter and sharing the happiness of children having fun is worth more than anyone can explain.

Jerusha C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When one of my twins was six months old, he lost his left eye to an extremely rare tumor called an intraocular medulloepithelioma. The tumor-type is so rare that we could not find information on it, including other people who experienced it. We turned to several retinoblastoma support groups, as that type of eye cancer is similar to the type my son experienced. Within those groups, someone referred us to Camp Sunshine. Although I had attended many fundraisers for Camp as a resident of Maine, I never thought I would have a child who would be going to Camp. We attended our first session in June of 2013, just three months after my son’s surgery. The twins were just ten months old and my oldest was not quite three. I was so nervous to go. I didn’t know what to expect or if I could even do it on my own (my husband couldn’t get time off to come). But I packed us up and went and I am so glad I did. Everyone was incredibly warm and welcoming. I met other parents and families dealing with the schedule of scans and ophthalmology appointments and occularist visits. I met other kids who had gotten through losing an eye to become amazing people. I met volunteers who took care of me and my children like we were family. I found a place of caring and respite. We made lifelong friends on that first visit and have continued to each time we attend. We have a network of Camp families and volunteers all over the country and all over the world.
I try to raise money for Camp at every opportunity. This is a program that is FREE OF COST for families. They house us, feed us, and provide activities and childcare. But what is truly priceless is the love we find every time we go to Camp.
Camp is a ray of sunshine when the darkness seems unbearable. It is a place of hope and a resource to us. I don’t know where we would be in our journey without it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the past 17 years at Camp Sunshine. The friends I have made through the years both families and volunteers have made such a huge impact on my life. I look forward to going to Camp every year! I can't imagine my life without Camp, where the Sun shines all year round. Ariel Epstein Pollack

1 Robin C.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine is an amazing place to connect with other families who share your journey. Our family attended the oncology off treatment week and were able to meet other families with a child who has had cancer. This week offered activities for both parents and children to connect with others. I would highly recommend it.

1 Deborah A M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I discovered this organization shortly after my niece’s 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with lupus. She had suffered for most of year and was struggling every day to just keep going. The toll it took on her mother was also devastating as she felt helpless camp sunshine helped them find other families especially young children facing the same issues and the wonderful support, education, and ability to help the families learn how to once again enjoy life was transformative. Of great importance is that they were able to attend without charge since they raise funds for such support. My niece and her daughter would never have been able to afford it otherwise. Amazing organization!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine is a place like no other! It is a wonderful retreat for the entire family. It helps you connect with others who know what you have been through and continue to struggle with. So much love at Camp Sunshine. Lots of tears shared along with laughs and smiles! ❤️

Susan Rodriguez F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine is one of the greatest blessings we have received following our son’s cancer diagnosis. At 5 years old, our son was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer that required immediate removal of his left eye. Getting to be around other kids that have been through exactly what he’s been through is priceless. The rest of our family benefits greatly as well when we are able to share our experiences related to his cancer. Truly a one of a kind place and experience!

Sarah St J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our infant daughter Sloan was diagnosed with a life-threatening liver disease called biliary atresia and she ultimately needed a liver transplant. This experience impacted every aspect of our lives and at times we felt very isolated. We were fortunate enough to attend Camp Sunshine along with numerous other transplant families not even a year after her transplant. This weekend was incredible. It united us with people who have been through similar situations, people who just "got it". It was a weekend full of compassion, love, listening, support and fun. The volunteers are amazing, the camp is beautiful and clean, and the food was great, too! We would recommend this camp to any family who has gone through something life altering and difficult. These memories will last forever and we can't wait to return, and for our daughter to grow up and make transplant friends that she can't wait to see at camp!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands down--the best experience our family has ever had together. The staff and volunteers are incredible; they made us feel comfortable at every moment. The events were well thought out--with both child and adult participation. We all tried something new that week, and it was the most incredible feeling. Camp Sunshine is a treasured and precious memory for us during a very challenging time. We've made life-long connections and have already had several reunions with the group with whom we shared our time. We can't wait to go back and experience greatness all over again!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We attended Camp Sunshine June 2018. We had just completed treatment for our six year old daughter’s Wilms tumor. After a tumultuous 9 months we were able to travel as a family for the first time. We enjoyed bonding and sharing stories with other families facing similar situations. Life long relationships were formed. Thank you so much for such an awesome week together at Camp Sunshine!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family attended Camp Sunshine for the 2018 Leukemia Week in early July and we are still blown away by how amazing this place is. The location is absolutely gorgeous, the facilities are great and the staff and volunteers are nothing short of amazing. Camp Sunshine is such a special place and I will be forever grateful for the wonderful experience they provided for my family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We attended two camp sunshine Labour day weekend they were both awesome,Camp Sunshine rocks gives you a peace of mind while your there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine was an amazing experience for our entire family. We attended the 2018 lupus camp, my 15 year old daughter having been diagnosed with lupus and nephritis in January. The camp experience touched each of us in a different way. For my husband I think it opened his eyes to the seriousness of this illness, and he was touched by each child and family's story. For my 17 year old son, he had an amazing time, being mixed into a group of older teenage kids both with lupus and siblings of a kid with lupus, and he made friends who may very well last a lifetime. For my daughter, she is still in the processing part of her disease. But she also got way more from the camp than she was expecting, and by mid-week was first one up ( a non-existent phenomenon at home!), was talking about coming back next year, and was shopping in the camp store for a Camp Sunshine sweatshirt. For me, I was able to see my family's transformation, and gain perspective. My daughter's illness has been devastating to me, but being amongst other families and seeing them coping and thriving has given me hope. Our entire family is looking forward to returning again next summer. This amazing organization is beyond amazing. I am so thankful for so many kind people who have been so very generous to have made this camp possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

To God be the glory, great things He has done. We are so grateful to God for how far He has brought us. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the organizers and everybody in Camp Sunshine for their great works. God bless you all.
It was indeed, a life changing moment for me and my son. We learnt a lot about ourselves and shared a lot with our friends. The best part for us was, we (my son and I) had the chance to share one of our best songs we have been singing every morning to exalt God and to encourage ourselves. It is not easy to be in the wheelchair and have a child with sickle cell but with GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. Sickle cell or no sickle cell, my son will live long and declare the goodness of the Lord. Indeed, this is a great family and a great community. Thank you all who made our stay a memorable one. God richly bless you.

Jesse H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camp Sunshine has a special place in the hearts of my entire family. From my three children (who each have a life-threatening syndrome and love meeting others with the same syndrome) to my wife and me (who love meeting up with new and old friends all going through the same ordeals) to my parents (who volunteer each year at Camp Sunshine to help this wonderful organization). Camp Sunshine gives us a week away from all of the problems, a week to relax, learn, and bond with others. It is an amazing place!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family attended the low grade brain tumor week July 2018. It was life changing. Both children enjoyed the activities from paddle boarding to ping pong. My son who has a brain tumor didn’t want to leave. It was the happiest he’s been in a long time. He finally felt accepted and comfortable with living with a brain tumor. Mid week he asked us to move to Camp Sunshine. After returning home the first thing he said when he woke up in the morning was “365 days to Camp Sunshine”. Staff and volunteers were loving, nurturing and genuinely committed to campers and families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I visited Camp Sunshine this August and they were exceptional. My kids loved it and my wife & I met a lot a great people, made a bunch of new friends. This is a top notch organization from top to bottom and I could not praise them enough for the good that they do and the kindness/love that they show every family that visits!

Angelique Freeman C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We attended the low-grade brain tumor session in July 2018. The donors and volunteers of Camp Sunshine are second to none. They go above and beyond to provide a home away from home with a plethora of activities for kids, teens and adults alike. The staff made us feel very welcome and the amenities and food were much better than we had anticipated. When our flight got cancelled on the way home, they even secured arrangements for us at a local hotel and stayed in touch to make sure we reached our final destination the next day. My husband and son both came home with the highly coveted "love cup" trophy. It serves as a great reminder that Camp Sunshine's cup runneth over with love for all the families it serves and we are honored to be alumni.

Nicole N.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter Ciera was diagnosed with a rare type of Leukemia in 2014 at 18 months old. She remained hospitalized for 11 months and faced other health issues while battling cancer. She contracted pneumonia three times. She experienced double pneumothorax, emergency surgery, intubation and induced coma while on life support. Upon hospital release, (2 1/2 yr old) Ciera was place on homebound isolation for one year. Still incurring several hospitalizations for chemo, radiation, spinal taps, bone marrow aspirates, and nadar/neutropenia. Relatively out of the woods by age 4 1/2, Ciera’s family had never been on a true ‘family vacation.’ A social worker recommended the Norona family apply to Camp Sunshine. They flew us from Arizona to Maine and handled transfers to and from the camp site. Five glorious days our family of four spent together. Beyond any expectation Camp Sunshine provided us EXACTLY what we needed: time to recover, time to reconnect, time to replace fear with hope. And all under the capable hands of doctors on staff to help in a moments notice. Priceless is that piece of mind. Ever grateful for the experience, with love, The Norona’s

1 Andrea Lynn B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

August 2018, was the first summer my family has been to Camp
Sunshine. It was exactly what my family and I needed. The way they have camp set up and the activities they arrange, are all just so wonderful. Structured but flexible routines so all you have to do is show up, eat and have fun. Parents get to break off and do activities as a couple, reminding you both why your such a good team together. The kids, especially the siblings, get to break out and just be themselves not the brother/sister of the cancer kid. And then there is your cancer kid. They get to forget about their cancer for a moment and interact with kids and play games. These kids spend so much time in hospitals and around doctors and nurses that I think sometimes people forget that they are doing all of that instead of creating friendships at school, joining sports and learning to play well with others. This is their chance to do all of that in a safe space with caring people that understand. Those people, volunteers, are full of heart and have either walked in our shoes or been affected in some way by disease. They give of their time, energy and support because they know without it things could look a lot less sunny for the kids and the parents. Until there is a cure I'm so thankful for organizations like this one that support the body, mind and spirit of the entire family unit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We visited Camp Sunshine for Oncology week and it was the best thing that our family attended. Our kids had days filled with amazing outdoor fun that took them away from their electronic pastimes and into nature. The compassionate and nurturing environment was something words cannot fully grasp. The families were all there because our kids shared an unfortunate diagnosis, but it ended up giving parents a relatable atmosphere to laugh and cry about our good and bad times. There is something healing about this Camp and we are so thankful we had the chance to attend.

Lisa H.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lupus week 2018 was our first time at Camp Sunshine. When we attended camp this was a new diagnosis for our family. It was so nice for my daughter to be able to meet other children with similar stories. It was great for my son to be able to meet other siblings and other children with a chronic illness. I was already overwhelmed and meeting so many wonderful families with a shared history provided a opportunity for me to be able to learn more about the diagnosis in a way that was easier for me to manage. My children made friends that they continue to talk to months after camp. We are all looking forward to going back to Camp Sunshine. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers and other families for making a terrifying diagnosis a little less scary.

Nilima P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi my name is neelima and my baby's name is ananya we had such a great time in Camp sonshine 5 days camp we are we we are so relaxing and they are so good to us and we had a lot of fun with boating swimming archery and food was amazing and I'm going also next year with my whole family thank you Cam sunshine

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 1st trip to Camp Sunshine was Lupus week 2016. My daughter was diagnosed with Lupus SLE October 2014. We heard about Camp Sunshine through her Lupus group. We had a great time. It was relaxing, peaceful, helpful, great activities, great people, and Cianna had a blast.

Unfortunately my Cianna passed away 12/12/17 from complications with her Lupus. I saw Camp Sunshine also had a bereavement session so I went May 2018. The volunteers are so compassionate, the entire staff is warm and welcoming. It felt like visiting family. There were activities, massages, people to talk to if you needed to talk and just the unity of other parents going through the same thing which is loss of a child.

I will be returning to bereavement week again and I go for me and my Cianna. Had she lived she actually wanted to volunteer in the future. She would be happy that I still want to go to Camp Sunshine. This truly is one of the best, if not the best Nonprofit Orginazations out there. I will always be appreciative of the happiness my daughter got out of this beautiful magical place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This past July, my family had an opportunity to attend Camp Sunshine. Overwhelmingly amazing is an understatement for this experience. Upon having to leave camp we all cried. My boys didn't want to leave. Neither did I. We were well taken care of and I am truly grateful for having to have found such a place. When I say retreat.. Trust me, it is indeed that. Thank you Camp Sunshine for being so awesome, generous, loving, and kind to us. Blessings.