We would like to share with you a sample of some of the letters and comments from campers over the years.
As I was sitting there watching that beautiful camp video about how Camp Sunshine brings back the fun into children's lives, I couldn't help but think of all the wonderful things you all have done for my daughter. She came home from camp this summer so excited and full of joy!!! It warmed my heart to see her smile as big as the ocean while she told me of all the things she did. I really want to thank you all for all the hope you put into children with cancer, and for letting them know they can and will always continue to shine!!!
Words could never express how much you all mean to my family. I try to explain how wonderful you all are to other people but I can tell that I can just not convey in words how terrific all of you are. There is a special place in my heart for everyone at Camp Sunshine. I remember the first time my son went to camp. I was so scared to leave him and all of you were just going on and on with him and in no time he let go of me and went to his counselor. I remember walking away with tears of joy running down my face. To see sunshine brought to him means to world to me. I can never thank you enought.
The best thing about camp is Fun and Fitting In. I meet a real nice friend her name is Megan. She is the first very best friend I have ever had. Megan is my best friend because she understands. Camp Sunshine helped me feel like a regular kid, I did not have to worry about my scars on my tummy or on my chest and no one made fun of me. I loved Bubbles, Rachel, Katie and Miss Sue. I think Nurse Diane was very nice and pretty. Every day was so fun; I can't wait until next summer.
First Year Camper, Age 8
Hello! This is a former camper and I just wanting to extend my gratitude to you and the other counselors who helped me on my journey to healing. I can't thank you enough. You brought a smile to my face and to so many others who felt as it they were in it by themselves. You care so much about all your campers. I never knew someone could have that much love so spread to so many in need of it.
A thankful former camper
Dear Sally and Staff,
I am so thankful for programs that make a difference. I am so thankful for Camp Sunshine and all the good it has brought into my life. I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when I was 16 years old in 1999. The rigorous effects of the treatment for leukemia hit me and my family. I was daunted physically, mentally and spiritually. Chemotherapy for the first year was especially hard. I remember those moments for that whole year where it seemed I never felt good. It was very taxing on my mother's side from me. But she watched me like a hawk.
I don't think I could have pulled through that 3 ½ year treatment plan if I didn't have Camp Sunshine and my family right beside me. As I look back on my treatment, I remember the good times I had at Camp Sunshine to be the best.
The biggest thing you need when you go through that stuff is a friend and at Camp Sunshine I got hundreds of friends that knew me - who went through the same thing - who knew what it was like. Camp Sunshine was my shining light!
Thank you all for your service and dedication!
Hey Sally and everyone at Camp Sunshine,
Just wanted to thank you all for inviting me and my family to the "Hit a Homerun for Camp Sunshine" event at Turner Field. I had a great time and can't thank you guys enough for all the things that you do for me and my family. When I get to come to one of your events I feel so special. I think you make everyone feel that way. I'm glad to know that there are people like you that care so much about others and give to all in need. I hope I can grow up and be as kind and giving as my Camp Sunshine friends.
A teen camper
Camp Sunshine changed my life!!!! I was 12 the first time that I attended Camp Sunshine. I had never been around anyone my age that had or had had cancer before. Camp Sunshine let me know that I was just like everyone else. I have met some wonderful people through Camp. Thanks Camp Sunshine and everyone involved for everything that you give.
A sample of some of the letters and comments from parents over the years
Thank you so much for treating my five-year old and our family to the Big Apple Circus. We had an incredibly wonderful time. It was so worthwhile watching our son, who has been battling leukemia since August, smile and laugh. The show was terrific, and our son who has lately been eating poorly had a tremendous appetite for the hot dogs and popcorn. This was our first event sponsored by Camp Sunshine. Please know how appreciative we are for this experience. It was absolutely entertaining event. We look forward to taking advantage of a family weekend at Camp Twin Lakes sometime.
Camp Sunshine was an incredible experience for my daughter and me. The week prior to camp, I believe I experienced every emotion possible. We both had a fear of separation anxiety, with mine being far greater than my daughter's.
However since her return from Camp Sunshine, I have seen so many changes in her, especially her increased self-confidence and independence. This weeklong adventure was most definitely a memory making lifetime experience for both of us. Thank you all so much for giving her this opportunity to look, act and feel like a regular kid, as she calls herself now. - Parent of a first time camper
Dear Friends at Camp Sunshine,
I would like to thank you for this past weekend. I have never felt so much love in one place in my whole life. The staff was very helpful, kind, polite and very concerned about everyone having a good time.
This is the first time since all this started we could leave the world behind and just be a family. This is the first time our son could be a little boy. He has been restricted to our house and that has to be hard. There has to be more for him than trips to doctors and the hospital. I want to thank you for giving my boy back to me for a weekend. We will be at every event we can.
A grateful parent
Thank you and Camp Sunshine for this and all you do for our children! We love you all and are so very grateful for all you do for our kids - I cannot imagine the journey without Camp Sunshine! - Parent of a teenager camper
My daughter just returned from a week at Camp Sunshine. What an incredible experience she had. Listening to her describe every day is really fun and enlightening. Fun in all the things they go to do - arts & crafts, swimming, boats, horses, games, fun songs, campfires and especially new friends. Enlightening when you consider what all of these kids have gone thru - leukemia bone cancer, brain cancer, neuroblastoma, chemotherapy, radiation, the kids share many of the same doctors and nurses etc. All these kids share the experience together. - Father of a first time camper
Dear Camp Sunshine,
Thank you so much for everything that you do!! I want to especially thank your camp volunteer, Jane. She has been in the cabin with my daughter for the two years that she has been old enough to attend. The first year that she was away at camp was so hard for me because she had never been away from home and her parents for that long before and I was concerned about how she would do. When I dropped her off at camp, Jane recognized my concerns and told me that there would be pictures of the campers posted on the website during the week so I would be able to see what my little camper was doing. Oh boy, it sure helped to calm my concerns to see the pictures of my daughter laughing and having a great time!
Parent of an 8 year old camper
Dear Camp Sunshine,
I went to Camp Sunshine for the first time last year. At first, I was scared that I wasn't going to like it there and I wasn't going to make any friends. Before we made it to the camp site I asked mutiple times did I have to go. After the first few hours I had made friends and was having the time of my life. The best activity at camp was Wacky Olympics. When it was time for me to go I tried my best to avoid getting in the car and going home. Now i'm just waiting for summer this year. It was one of the coolest things that i had the opportunity to do throughout the whole time i had cancer.
14 year old Camper