Family Sponsorship Program
Camp Sunshine’s purpose is to provide a year-round retreat, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses, including their immediate families, through various stages of a child’s illness. The program is free of charge to all families, and offers a host of indoor and outdoor recreation, psychosocial support, and the comfort of an on-site doctor, 24 hours a day. Our one-of-a-kind program enables families the rare opportunity to engage in therapeutic recreation and psychosocial counseling in a supportive environment where they don’t feel alone, and don’t have to explain, since all families know exactly how each other feels. Families leave Camp Sunshine with hope, not hopelessness, better prepared to face their uncertain futures.
Every year, as we continue to expand the program at Camp Sunshine, we are daily cognizant of the need to meet current family needs as best we possibly can. Sadly, many children will not survive these horrific illnesses, a sober reality which reminds us daily of the need to serve as many families as possible in the short term.
This year, we hope to offer 30 sessions as we proudly celebrate our 30th Anniversary. More than one-half of the sessions are earmarked for children with cancer. Given that we conducted 25 sessions in 2013, this increase of an additional 5 retreats is an ambitious goal. But we remain resolute and optimistic, because of the magic made possible over the past 29 years by so many wonderful, caring and generous volunteers, professionals and donors – like the Maine Cancer Foundation.
Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:
|2014||Family Sponsorship Program||$2,000||Support||Camp Sunshine|
|2013||Family Sponsorship Program||$2,000||Support||Camp Sunshine|
|2012||Family Sponsorship Program||$2,000||Support||Camp Sunshine|
|2011||Family Sponsorship Program||$2,000||Support||Camp Sunshine|
|2010||Childhood Cancer Camp Sunshine Grant||$1,500||Support||Camp Sunshine|
|2009||Family Sponsorship Program||$1,500||Support||Camp Sunshine|
|2008||Family Sponsorship Program||$1,500||Support||Camp Sunshine|
|2007||Family Sponsorship Program||$1,500||Support||Camp Sunshine|
|2006||Family Sponsorship Program||$1,500||Support||Camp Sunshine|
|2005||Family Sponsorship Program||$1,500||Support||Camp Sunshine|