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Camp Sunshine is a camp in Casco, Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. In one-week increments, children with a specific disease are invited to Camp Sunshine free of charge. Camp Sunshine allows these children to socialize with children and families who are undergoing the same experiences as they are. This year, I volunteered as a counselor at Camp Sunshine for the second time, and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. The only way that I can describe the Camp Sunshine experience is magical. All of the children that I worked with seemed to forget about their diseases completely and enjoyed themselves for the whole week. Seeing this happen filled me with joy and deepened my appreciation for the camp. However, all of the magic at the camp would not have been possible without generous donors. It costs the camp $2,000 for every family it welcomes. This fundraiser aims to raise money to continue sending families to Camp Sunshine.
This fundraiser is a "virtual run". What does that mean? Unlike most running events, this event does not occur at a set time or location; it is ongoing and will last for two weeks. Participants will solicit sponsors who will agree to donate a specific amount for every mile they walk or run, then begin walking and running. It's as simple as that. If participants use the smartphone apps Runkeeper, Endomino, Map My Run, or Nike+, they can simply add Walking.On.Sunshine as a friend, and their mileage will be tracked automatically (Please note that these accounts are neither owned nor operated by Camp Sunshine). Participants who use any other apps or use a GPS device such as a watch will have to manually record their mileage on the event's mileage tracker page. Let’s try to think big for this event. Let’s try and raise $10,000 for Camp Sunshine. There is no such thing as a donation too large or too small, as the New Balance Foundation will be matching every donation made during this event. Once the New Balance Foundation matches the $10,000 we raise, ten families will be able to enjoy a week at Camp Sunshine. This event will last from August 25 to September 10, so be sure to get in as much running and/or walking as you can during those dates. Spread the word, spread the love, spread the magic. Start running today.
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