Imagine a Place… Where Kids with Cancer Can Just be Kids.
This is our second post of four in a campaign covering fundraising efforts by The Bristal Assisted Living in support of the mission of Sunrise Day Camp, “Where children with cancer find a new beginning every day.” The Bristal will donate $1 for every “share” these articles get on any social media site such as Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, raising money and awareness to help kids with cancer enjoy childhood at Sunrise.
We at The Bristal are asking you to help us spread the word and support the mission of the Sunrise Day Camp by clicking the social icons below. Additionally, our resident volunteer organization, The Bristal Helping Hands, is contributing at the community level by participating in the Sunrise Walk-a-Thon on June 8th, 2014.
Children with cancer are often isolated from the normal activities of childhood.
Rarely do they have a chance to see beyond the closed worlds of home, hospital, and doctors’ offices. Sunrise Day Camp opens the door to a new world by making it possible for campers to enjoy a summer filled with exciting daily activities, deep friendships and joyful experiences, while paying careful attention to their special medical and emotional needs.
In recognition of the extraordinary financial demands that a child’s chronic illness can have on a family, Sunrise Day Camp is offered free of charge.
Imagine a day camp… with spacious grounds, natural settings & phenomenal facilities. Both Sunrise Day Camp – Long Island and Sunrise Day Camp – Pearl River are situated on spacious campgrounds in unique and beautiful locations. Perhaps the most important amenity of these camps are not where they are located but what they both provide, a relief for these children from the emotional, social and physical demands that cancer places on them.
Daily activities include:
• Recreational & Instructional Swimming
• Mini Golf
• Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer
• Nature, Yoga
• Arts and Crafts
• Group Games
• Music and Drama
……and so much more!
Indoor air-conditioned facilities complement their outdoor open-air shelters, wooded campsites, lush ball fields, playground, sports courts, multiple swimming pools, and a misting tent for those who are unable to swim.
Sunrise Day Camp truly rivals the best sleep-away camps. Yet unlike sleep-away camps, Sunrise provides a true camping experience while maintaining the children in the familiar surroundings of home, family, and the treatment centers they have become accustomed to. If a child does wish to attend a sleep-away program for a week or two, Sunrise can fill in the gaps for the balance of the summer.
Who’s Eligible To Attend?
Sunrise Day Camp is open to children ages 3 ½–16 who are in active or follow-up treatment for cancer, including a special, modified, three day a week program for preschoolers. The camp is open on a non-sectarian basis to all children who are coping with any type of cancer at any stage, provided their doctor clears them to participate.
Who Staffs Sunrise?
Sunrise Day Camp is staffed by counselors, specialists, assistants, and volunteers, all of whom are specially trained prior to the camp’s opening. Our camp’s on-site Directors have extensive experience with children and camping, and our staff-to-camper ratio often exceeds 1:4 or better, assuring that every need of our campers can be accommodated.
What About Medical Support?
Sunrise Day Camp has a private, air-conditioned Wellness Center. The camp is staffed by on-site pediatric oncology nurses and supported by volunteer pediatric oncology doctors from area hospitals. Medications can be easily administered, and ample indoor areas are provided for children to just “cool down.” In the unlikely event of an emergency during the camp day, rapid transportation by ambulance is provided.
How Long Is The Camp Season?
Camp runs for 7 ½ weeks, Monday through Friday, and is divided into sessions, ranging from
1 ½–2 weeks each. Campers may sign up for any or all sessions depending on their summer schedule, and special accommodations can easily be made depending on when a child is able to attend! At Sunrise, they recognize that children may not be able to attend camp every day, and so the program is designed to assure that no one “misses out” because of an absence.
On Sunday, June 8, join The Bristal team for SunriseWALKS! become a walker, virtual walker or make a donation.
Share this and other articles about Sunrise Day Camp using one – or all five – of the social media icons at the bottom of the blog. Each time you share now through May 16, 2014, The Bristal will donate $1 to the camp. Share on 5 social media networks & The Bristal will donate $5!
Your support will help bring smiles and memories to children with cancer.