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.
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As a fellow non-profit it is incredible to work with Camp Sunshine! Our experience with the staff is incredible. Anne Howley gives extra special attention to the detail of each family we work together on. Arranging free air transportation to a free camp for families with life threatening illnesses has been nothing but a win-win. Feedback from families is that they would not be able to go and enjoy the full program as Maine is often times states away from where they are. PALS (Patient Airlift Services) proudly partners with Camp Sunshine to make sure they enjoy that time of hope and healing as a family.
Camp Sunshine provides a beautiful space and supportive opportunites for families impacted by illness and loss. I have worked with many families that sought refuge at Camp Sunshine and they had only wonderful words to describe their experiences. It was not until I went to Camp Sunshine that I was able to fully appreciate what uniquely special place it is.