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.
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.