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Read how Camp Sunshine is reaching children and families in communities throughout Georgia. Here are highlights and articles sharing the Camp Sunshine story.

UGA players bring happiness to children at Camp Sunshine

When Georgia cornerback Sheldon Dawson stepped out of the van at Camp Sunshine in Rutledge on Wednesday, he could feel something different in the air. Read more

UGA Bulldogs Visit Camp Sunshine

Having the Bulldogs at summer camp has become a tradition that campers look forward to every year. 11Alive was at camp to cover a pretty serious game of dodgeball during teen week. Read all about it here!

Camp Sunshine “I Believe That We Will Win” Chant

At this year's teen camp, camper Kyle Cruce led all 232 campers in a chant to cheer on the US Men's Soccer Team at the World Cup. See it on ESPN!

Fox5 Atlanta's Paul Milliken Visits Summer Camp

Reporter Paul Milliken had a blast visiting Camp Sunshine during both teen week and junior week this year. Check out each of his two segments from camp!

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Help Duncan win $100K for Camp Sunshine

Duncan Dobie is competing to win a $100,000 grand prize for Camp Sunshine, an Atlanta-based charity that sponsors a summer camp and other programs for children battling cancer.

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Marietta man, Camp Sunshine up for NASCAR award

MARIETTA, Ga. - A Marietta man is up for a big award from NASCAR, but he needs your help to win.

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Racetrac guests raise more than $83,000 for kids fighting cancer

2013 'Coffee for a Cause–Camp Sunshine' campaign raises money for Georgia-based Camp Sunshine.

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Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Finalists Announced

Voting Begins At NASCAR.COM/AWARD; One Fan Finalist Will Win $100,000 Donation. The NASCAR Foundation announced today the four finalists for the 2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Finalists Duncan Dobie, Lisa Hall, Don Post and Richard Johnson each will receive a minimum $25,000 donation for the charity of their choice from The NASCAR Foundation, with the national winner being awarded $100,000.

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The Fall 2013 Emory Nursing Magazine features Camp Sunshine Founder Dorothy Jordan and Executive Director Sally Hale, both Emory Nursing School Alumnae!

Read about their journey from the clinic to camp.

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Gary Goes to Camp!

Read about longtime Camp Sunshine volunteer Gary Palgon and his experience at camp in the September issue of Perimeter North Lifestyle Magazine!

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Racetrac's 'Coffee For a Cause' to Raise $50K for Camp Sunshine

Today RaceTrac announced that it will host its 'Camp Sunshine Coffee for a Cause' fundraiser for the fourth year in a row in September. It will coincide with national Childhood Cancer Awareness month and National Coffee Day, Sept. 29.
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Dorothy Jordan Honored at 11Alive Community Service Awards

Each year for the last 38 years, the 11Alive Community Service Awards (CSA) has honored 11 Who Care, outstanding local volunteers who have demonstrated selfless devotion for the betterment of the community. This year, Camp Sunshine Founder Dorothy Jordan was among the honorees. You can watch Dorothy's portion of the CSAs here!

Camp Sunshine Honored by Gift from Wells Fargo through ‘Days of Giving

Camp Sunshine was honored by Wells Fargo with a $1,000 grant at the company’s Days of Giving celebration at the 1818 Club in Duluth on Nov. 8.
The donation to Camp Sunshine helped push the total giving in Georgia by Wells Fargo through the program past $1 million, since its beginning four years ago.  Camp Sunshine is among contributions to 251 non-profits in Atlanta this year. Read more

RaceTrac Guests Raise More than $44,000 for Kids Fighting Cancer

Today RaceTrac announced that, through the support of its charitable guests, more than $44,000 was raised during the course of its September 2012 "Coffee for a Cause" campaign to benefit Camp Sunshine. The 2012 campaign coincided with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and National Coffee Day to encourage the most awareness and participation. Read more

Covington News Checks out Camp Sunshine at Camp Twin Lakes-Rutledge

At Camp Sunshine, 17-year-old Jessika Douglas of Covington is an ordinary teenage girl. She's not different because she's in remission from T-cell leukemia. She's not different because she has neuropathy in her ankle from the disease.
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Georgia Bulldogs Visit Camp Sunshine's 30th Anniversary Summer Camp
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Camp Sunshine Celebrates 30 Year Legacy

Camp Sunshine’s 30th annual summer camp for children with cancer begins on June 17 and will continue through June 28. More than 400 campers, ages 7-18, from across Georgia will join more than 200 volunteers during the two weeks for activities such as horseback riding, archery, fishing, boating, art, music and much more. Summer camp is held at Camp Twin Lakes-Rutledge.

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Chuy's Atlanta Announces Official Partnership with Camp Sunshine

Chuy's, a beloved Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant opening in the Perimeter area this December, has announced its official Atlanta charity partnership with Camp Sunshine, a local non-profit organization that through uplifting and motivational programs and events has had a profoundly positive impact on families across the state of Georgia. Read more.

Camp Sunshine Creates Chain of Kindness at Summer Camp

Over two weeks of summer camp, Camp Sunshine's campers and volunteers created a chain of kindness with more than 3000 links, each one representing a random act of kindness. Check out the story on 11 Alive!

Malcolm Out Loud joins Camp Sunshine for summer camp

Georgia Bulldogs Visit Camp Sunshine's 29th Annual Summer Camp

The Georgia Bulldogs have a long-standing tradition of visiting Camp Sunshine's summer camp. This year was no exception! Check out the following news stories to learn more about their visit.

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The Networks of 11Alive and the Gannett Foundation Award Grants to Twenty Georgia Nonprofits

Atlanta, Ga—This year, the Networks of 11Alive through the Gannett Foundation have awarded grants to twenty local area nonprofit organizations. WXIA-TV President and General Manager, John Deushane; “The Networks of 11Alive strive every day to celebrate the human spirit through our on air and on line properties, showcasing the amazing work being done in our community helping others. 

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6th Annual Rides to Remember

On June 4, Camp Sunshine campers and their siblings will participate in the 6th Annual Rides to Remember, an event put on by Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta. A police escorted ride up Georgia 400 will thrill the campers to no end!

Check out this article from the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Teens from Camp Sunshine Tour Washington D.C.

Camp Sunshine recently took a group of junior and senior campers to Washington D.C. The four day excursion included many extraordinary experiences and tours. Camp Sunshine arranged for the campers to meet members of Congress, tour the Capitol, spend a day with the F.B.I. at their training academy in Quantico, Virginia, and tour The White House. They also got experience many of the cultural and educational opportunities in our nation's capital. 11 Alive News was on the steps of the Capitol and spoke with our group as they visited.

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Buy A Cup of Coffee at Racetrac and Help Fund a Child's Visit to Camp

2011 ‘Coffee for a Cause’ to raise $20,000 for Camp Sunshine, a year-round camp for children with cancer

ATLANTA – March 15, 2011 — From March 16–18, 100 percent of proceeds from coffee sales at all 64 Georgia RaceTrac convenience stores will be donated to Camp Sunshine, a North Georgia non-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of children with cancer and their families through recreational, educational and support programs. Read more

Bulldogs Camp Sunshine

Who let the Dawgs in?! The University of Georgia's football team invades Camp Sunshine! Watch the video!

Camp Sunshine — A Ray of Light for Children and Teens with Cancer

When a child receives a cancer diagnosis, he's no longer just a kid. He's a kid with cancer. Suddenly, he's different from everyone else, and he probably doesn't know anyone who's going through the same frightening experience. It can be a very isolating and traumatic time. But thanks to Camp Sunshine, an organization that is dedicated to offering "an infusion of love, support, fun and acceptance for children with cancer," it doesn't have to be. Read more

Davol devotes time to Camp Sunshine

RUTLEDGE – For every person, there are places that remind them of those they have lost that help keep their memory alive.

In the case of Lisa Davol, that place is Camp Sunshine.

For one week each year for the past eight years, Davol, the deputy director of Oconee County's Parks and Recreation Department, has come to the camp, located in the Camp Twin Lakes facility, to give back to a program that's been in her family for decades. Read more


House resolution also honors third generation Eagle Scout

ATLANTA – March19, 2010 - The Georgia General Assembly has honored longtime Camp Sunshine board member Mo Thrash with resolutions commending him for his work on behalf of children with cancer. Since his son's death in 1977 from leukemia at age 3, Mo has been dedicated to improving the lives of children with cancer through his work with numerous community organizations. Read more


Coffee for a Cause‘ promotion to raise up to $20,000 for children living with cancer

ATLANTA – Dec. 21, 2009 - RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., operator of more than 265 retail gasoline convenience stores, announced that on Dec. 21-23 it will donate all proceeds from coffee sales at its Georgia locations to Camp Sunshine, a local organization committed to enriching the lives of children with cancer and their families through recreational, educational and support programs. Read more

Convention Industry Raises Funds for Camp Sunshine

Humanity Rocks event generates nearly $7,500 for Atlanta organization

ATLANTA, Dec. 15, 2009 — The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) held its annual meeting, Expo! Expo!, in Atlanta last week with more than 1,600 exhibition organizers, exhibitors and destination marketers convening to do big business at the Georgia World Congress Center. But while business deals were being negotiated and the challenges facing the country's convention industry were being discussed, locally-based Camp Sunshine was receiving another kind of impact. IAEE's charitable event, Humanity Rocks, raised nearly $7,500 for Camp Sunshine.

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"Old World Santa" to Visit Camp Sunshine Kids Nov. 30

Children with cancer and their families to enjoy a Victorian Christmas at Rhodes Hall

Atlanta, GA, Nov. 20—Old World Santa will visit children with cancer from Camp Sunshine at Rhodes Hall on Monday, Nov. 30, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The event is part of the Georgia’s Trust for Historic Preservation’s 12th annual “Old World Santa” and kicks off with “VIC Night” for the Very Important Children and families of Camp Sunshine.

Children with cancer and their families will enjoy holiday entertainment, music, arts and crafts, storytelling, and refreshments while an authentic Old World Santa listens to children’s wish lists.

The Trust’s Old World Santa event will continue through December 13 (closed on Saturdays – Santa needs his rest!). A $35 family admission covers entertainment, refreshments, and a 5x7 photo with Santa. You may also bring your own camera or video recorder for an additional $10. Proceeds from Old World Santa support the activities of The Georgia Trust and provide underwriting for VIC Night. To make your reservation, inquire about sponsorships or corporate nights, or for more information about Old World Santa, contact The Georgia Trust at 404-885-7812 or or visit Rhodes Hall is located at 1516 Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30909.

Camp Sunshine's Fall Festival for Kids with Cancer Promises Lots of Fun!

Decatur, GA - In keeping with its mission to enrich the lives of children with cancer of all ages, Camp Sunshine is hosting its annual Fall Festival, on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 2:00pm at Camp Sunshine House. Children age 12 and under, who have or have had cancer, and their families will join other Camp Sunshine families for a fun-filled day of decorating pumpkins and cookies, face painting, and games and prizes to celebrate the Fall season. Costumed children will participate in Halloween-themed arts and crafts and will enjoy delicious treats of popcorn, s'mores and a cookout. Last year nearly 200 kids, family members and volunteers attended the Fall Festival and even more are expected this year!

About Camp Sunshine
Camp Sunshine is a non-profit organization which enriches the lives of children with cancer and their families through recreational, educational and support programs allowing them to share similar experiences and to participate in activities that promote normal childhood development as they cope with the challenges of childhood cancer. Founded in 1983 by Dorothy Jordan, Camp Sunshine provides programs for children with cancer and their entire family including a summer camp, Family Camp weekends, a sibling camp weekend, Family Nights, teen retreats, various outings throughout the state and much more.


11 Alive Coverage of Camp Sunshine

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Read a wonderful article about Camp Sunshine's 2009 Summer Camp from the Champion Newspaper! read story

Read all about a former camper and childhood cancer survivor who now volunteers as a Counselor for Summer Camp. read story

Fox 5 tv coverage from Teenweek at 2008 Summer Camp


Camp Sunshine Hosts Kids with Cancer at Savannah Sand Gnats Game

Savannah, GA - July 10, 2008 – Continuing its effort to expand programming throughout Georgia, Camp Sunshine is hosting a group of children who have or have had cancer and their families for a picnic and baseball game at Historic Grayson Stadium on Monday, July 28, 2008. The families will be treated to dinner by Camp Sunshine and will watch the Savannah Sand Gnats take on the Asheville Tourists.

This is the second annual trip to a Sand Gnats game for Camp Sunshine campers and is part of the organization’s comprehensive strategy for regional programs across Georgia. Although Camp Sunshine is based in Decatur, the organization is reaching out to serve children with cancer in the entire state. The Savannah region consists of more than thirty counties in Southeast Georgia; other recent programs in the Savannah area include weekend Family Camps, a bowling excursion and a trip to the circus. All children currently on or off treatment for cancer are eligible to participate in Camp Sunshine programs and all programs are free of charge.

Teen Cancer Survivors Meet Georgia Senators,
Tour FBI Academy with Camp Sunshine

Decatur, GA - May 7, 2008 - As part of its ongoing program to benefit teens with cancer, Camp Sunshine took twenty Georgia teenagers to Washington, D.C. from April 30 through May 4. During the five day excursion the teens were thrilled to experience a day on Capitol Hill, hosted by Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss. The teens met with Senator Chambliss, Senator Johnny Isakson, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland and other members of Congress. Touring the Capitol and Supreme Court were high points of the day, as was a visit to the Senate Gallery at the Capitol.

Another highlight of the trip was spending a day at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The teens were treated to a demonstration by the Hostage Rescue Team, a ride in an armored vehicle, a chance to try out the FBI’s climbing wall and a meeting with FBI Director, Robert Mueller.

While in Washington, D.C., Camp Sunshine also attended a Nationals baseball game, the Friday Evening Parade at the Marine Barracks and toured The White House. Before they left the city, representatives from the Camp Sunshine group participated in a wreath laying ceremony at The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.


WHAT: Camp Sunshine’s 25th Annual Summer Camp
WHEN: June 17-23: Summer Seniors Camp (13-18 year olds)
June 24-30: Summer Juniors Camp (7-12 year olds)
WHERE: Camp Twin Lakes - Rutledge, GA

Atlanta, GA — Smiling faces, silly giggles and endless memories ... each summer for the past 25 years, Camp Sunshine has committed to bringing light and lightness to children with cancer and their families. This year’s summer camp will be held the last two weeks in June: June 17-23 for 13-18 years olds and June 24-30 for 7-12 year olds. The 2007 camp sessions will have an extra treat for campers as they will have the chance to produce their very own circus!

“We couldn't be more excited about Cirque du Jour visiting our camp this summer,” says Executive Director Sally Hale. “We do our best to ensure that every year; the camp provides unique and exciting experiences for these children. I look forward to being in the audience for this year’s circus production!”

Cirque du Jour is a traveling group that produces circus camps at schools and camps across the country. Camp Sunshine campers can look forward to learning a wide variety of big-top worthy skills such as acrobatics, wire walking, stilt walking, clowning, juggling, plate spinning and object balancing! All of this is in addition to regular camp activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, field games, fishing, gold panning, horseback riding and more.

Founded by Dorothy Jordan, the first camp was held in 1983 with only 44 children. Today, Camp Sunshine welcomes more than 375 campers and 200 volunteers who participate in one of two weeks of summer camp.

While summer camp is the largest program Camp Sunshine provides, it is only one of many reaching more than 850 children and families throughout the year. And, while medical professionals are on hand at all times to administer medications and take care of other medical necessities, Camp Sunshine focuses on providing a sense of normalcy and much-needed fun for the campers. Camp Sunshine programs are provided at no cost to families. Private foundations, individuals, corporations and other organizations help support the cost of all programs.

One in 330 children in the U.S. will develop cancer before the age of 20. Today more than 75 percent of children treated for cancer will be cured. There are now about 270,000 survivors of childhood cancer in the United States.

“Today, when a child is diagnosed, the family does not have to wait very long to be connected to a community who can offer support, hope and resources,” says Founder Dorothy Jordan. “The opening of Camp Sunshine House in 2003 was a huge milestone, because the House made it possible to provide these critically important educational and support programs in addition to our wonderful recreational programs.”

About Camp Sunshine
Camp Sunshine enriches the lives of children with cancer and their families through recreational, educational and support programs. The Camp Sunshine programs allow them to share similar experiences and to participate in activities that promote normal childhood development as they cope with the challenges of childhood cancer. Since 1983, Camp Sunshine has served children and families throughout the State of Georgia. For more information visit or call 404.325.7979.

About Camp Twin Lakes
Camp Twin Lakes is a not-for-profit organization that provides a state-of-the-art, year-round camp facility with programs for children with serious illnesses and special needs. More than 30,000 children and volunteers have experienced Camp Twin Lakes since it opened in 1993. This exceptional facility, located on 300 acres in Rutledge, Georgia, enables thousands of campers to take advantage of recreational, therapeutic and educational programs. For more information and a list of Partner Organizations, visit

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Big Apple Circus Fills the Tent with Sunshine
Camp Sunshine benefits from fundraiser

ATLANTA, February 14, 2007 ... Last Sunday, a special performance of the Big Apple Circus raised over $100,000 to benefit Camp Sunshine, a non-profit program for children with cancer and their families. The event, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, entertained nearly 1,500 people in the Big Top Tent at Stone Mountain.

Atlanta Falcons Quarterback, D.J. Shockley served as Honorary Ringmaster.

For the third year in a row, the Big Apple Circus event has raised monies to support Camp Sunshine. Founded in 1983 by Dorothy Jordan, Camp Sunshine has grown from a one week summer camp with 40 campers to an organization serving over 750 children with cancer and their families throughout Georgia. Camp Sunshine provides recreational, educational and support programs year round, giving children with cancer an opportunity to develop friendships with others experiencing similar challenges.

The Big Apple Circus is a not-for-profit performing arts and community outreach institution committed to children and their families.

1850 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033 404.325.7979

Decatur, GA - In an effort to expand it's programming throughout the state of Georgia, Camp Sunshine is hosting an evening program in Columbus, Georgia, at the Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey Game on Thursday, February 22, 2007. Families who have or have had children with cancer are invited to join other Camp Sunshine families for a night of fun at the Snake Pit. The Columbus Cottonmouths will take on the Huntsville Havoc at 7:30 EST. The families will enjoy the game and refreshments provided by Camp Sunshine.

Camp Sunshine is a non-profit organization which enriches the lives of children with cancer and their families through recreational, educational and support programs allowing them to share similar experiences and to participate in activities that promote normal childhood development as they cope with the challenges of childhood cancer. Camp Sunshine was founded in 1983 by Dorothy Jordan and will celebrate its twenty fifth year as an organization year this summer. Camp Sunshine provides programs for children with cancer and their entire family including a summer camp, Family Camp weekends, a sibling camp weekend, Family Nights, teen retreats, various outings throughout the state and much more.

The Columbus Cottonmouths are members of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) and have been in Columbus, Georgia for eleven seasons. They are the 1998 Levins Cup Champions, 1998 Adams Cup Champions, 1998, 2000, 2001 Eastern Division Champions and the 2004-2005 Presidents Cup Champions.

For more information on Camp Sunshine please contact 404.325.7979 or visit their website at To learn more about the Columbus Cottonmouths and to buy tickets visit


NEW YORK - February 22, 2007 - Camp Sunshine announced today that it has received a $30,000 donation from CIBC World Markets Corp., through the firm's CIBC World Markets Miracle Day campaign.

Camp Sunshine is one of three hundred fifty-three Miracle Day charities approved by CIBC World Markets to receive a Miracle Day grant. CIBC World Markets marked its 10th annual Miracle Day event on December 6, 2006, raising over $7.8 million for charities serving children who are underserved, at risk or in need. On Miracle Day, 95% of CIBC World Markets' net commissions from trades made through the firm that day are donated to participating Miracle Day charities located throughout the United States.

"Through Miracle Day, and in partnership with our clients, employees, and participating Miracle Day charities, we continue to build awareness of children's issues and improve the quality of life for children in need in the areas we serve," says Charles Holmes, Managing Director of U.S. Equities and Chairman of the Miracle Day Committee. "Participating charities are active in the areas where CIBC World Markets has employees or clients and Miracle Day grants provide a direct connection to help in those local communities. Everyone involved has much to be proud of, and I want to personally congratulate all of our employees, clients and charity partners on this collaborative achievement."

"This donation is a tremendous support as Camp Sunshine strives to provide more programs for children with cancer and their families in Georgia. Funds from this grant will be used to support our Family Camp. Camp Sunshine provides five weekend camps throughout the year for families of children with cancer," stated Executive Director Sally Hale.

CIBC World Markets is the wholesale and corporate banking arm of CIBC, providing a range of integrated credit and capital markets products, investment banking, and merchant banking to clients in key financial markets in North America and around the world. CIBC World Markets delivers innovative capital solutions to growth-oriented companies and is broadly active in capital markets. CIBC World Markets offers advisory expertise across a wide range of industries and provides top-ranked research for its corporate, government and institutional investor clients.

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