BENEFITING: CAMP SUNSHINE AT SEBAGO LAKE
ORGANIZER: CAMP SUNSHINE AT SEBAGO LAKE
Dear Family and Friends,
15 years ago, when I was six years old, I attended Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine, for the first time. Even today, I can remember having a fantastic experience during that initial session, loving the people I met and the activities in which we were able to engage. I did not go as one of the families which the camp aims to support; I went because my mom, a pediatric oncologist, had the opportunity to work there as the on-site doctor for that week. Nevertheless, camp ended up having a huge impact on my life. Over the next decade, my family continued to attend once a year, usually over the summer. I'd always look forward to the visit for weeks in advance, and I never wanted to leave when the end of the session rolled around. When I was 16, I switched from being a camper to a volunteer, which was to be a different but equally enriching experience. Not only is Camp Sunshine one of my all-time favorite places, but throughout each stage of my life it has taught me about kindness and community, provided me with love and support, and, more recently, taught me about leadership and the importance of giving back.
The amazing thing about camp is that the families who attend are able to do so without paying a dime, a happy fact made possible by fundraisers. I've seen how important a resource camp ends up being for these families: it gives them a much-needed vacation and puts them in a community of people who understand what they are going through. Many families come back year after year, often times choosing to serve as volunteers. The level of commitment that camp elicits from the people it reaches is amazing. Volunteers, too, come back year after year, which only goes to show Camp Sunshine's significance to everyone involved with it.
I cannot think of any good reason NOT to support this stellar organization. My story is just one of many that demonstrates how valuable camp is. And, if I sound sentimental, it is for good reason: camp is worth getting sentimental about, and it is also worth supporting. If you are able, please consider donating just a few dollars to the #GivingTuesday fundraiser for Camp Sunshine. If you would like to learn more about the program, there is additional information below.
CAMP SUNSHINE AT SEBAGO LAKE wrote -
In honor of #GivingTuesday, Camp Sunshine is asking our supporters to help us raise $25,000, which is enough to sponsor ten children with life-threatening illnesses and their families during one of our illness-specific sessions in 2016. All donations are appreciated and will go directly to support our programming.
Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy, and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families from around the world through the various stages of their journeys. The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Camp Sunshine also provides bereavement sessions for families who have had a child pass away as a result of a life-threatening illness.
It is our goal to offer respite services to every family who applies to attend at no cost. As one of the only facilities in the United States that offers programming for every member of the immediate family, not just the ill child, Camp Sunshine continues to receive referrals from over 100 of the nation's top treatment centers. The availability and reach of Camp Sunshine's services are completely contingent upon the assistance of thousands of loyal volunteers, as well as the financial support of generous donoros - like yourself.
Join us in the weeks leading up to #GivingTuesday as we give thanks, give back and give hope this holiday season.