BENEFITING: CAMP SUNSHINE AT SEBAGO LAKE
ORGANIZER: CAMP SUNSHINE AT SEBAGO LAKE
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
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.
Camp Sunshine is nestled in the tranquil natural beauty of Sebago Lake, adjacent to Point Sebago Resort in Casco, Maine. For seventeen years, Anna Gould and Dr. Larry Gould donated their facilities and personnel at Point Sebago Resort and hosted camp sessions for thousands of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Dr. Gould retired as Chairman and CEO of M/A-Com, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, in 1983. After watching a television program about a summer camp for children with cancer, he and Anna decided to offer a similar program at their resort. Discussions with the chief of pediatric oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston resulted in Anna and Larry offering a pilot family camp for 43 children with cancer and their families in June 1984.
Through the years, the program became highly regarded, with increasing numbers of referrals from multiple medical centers. Demand for services far exceeded capacity, and it soon became apparent that Camp Sunshine had to have a permanent home where the program could expand to meet the growing need. In 2001, Camp Sunshine opened the doors of its own year-round facility on 24 acres donated by Anna and Larry.
Camp Sunshine’s program has grown dramatically since then. More than 25 sessions are now offered annually, serving as many as 750 families (3,000 family members) per year. Since Camp Sunshine’s inception in 1984, it has served over 43,500 family members from 48 states and 23 different countries.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal of $7,500 (enough to sponsor 3 children with life threatening illnesses and their families) and raise awareness for this incredible organization!
On November 6th I will run the NYC Marathon and represent Camp Sunshine ☀️
Thank you for all your love and support! xo