It is tradition during both weeks of summer camp at Camp Sunshine that the UGA foottball players visit the children wtih cancer. Bus loads of players arrive ready to enjoy all the fun camp activities with the campers ending with a robust game of dodgeball. This year had special meaning because Coach Kirby Smart and his brother Karl were reunited at camp. Karl is a childhood cancer survivor, a former Camp Sunshine camper and volunteer. Thank you to 11 Alive for sharing this story of the UGA players giving back at Camp Sunshine. We're never sure you enjoys it the most-the campers or the players.
"It was a big day for the Georgia Bulldogs as they made one of their annual trips to Camp Sunshine. A place that is extra special for Coach Kirby Smart." His brother Karl, a childhood cancer survivor, attended and volunteered at Camp Sunshine. It's been a UGA tradition for many years and they are welcomed with Camp Sunshine's tradition of a friendship bracelet and a hug. Thanks Cody Chaffins at FOX 5 for spreading sunshine with your story.
Karl Smart, the older brother of Kirby Smart Head Coach of the University of Georgia Bulldog football team, discussed the postive role attending Camp Sunshine played in his battle.
June 20, 2019 ABC World News Tonight with David Muir
We first met Montana Brown when she started as a pediatric nurse at the same hospital where she was treated for her own cancer as a child; now, she’s got an update for David Muir -- introducing a fiance who is also a fellow cancer survivor.
February 25, 2019 - SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - This is a sense of normalcy during a time of childhood cancer, diagnosis and treatment," said Dr. Evangeline Brown, Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist at Memorial Health. "It’s a time to have fun which is what we’re so thankful for Camp Sunshine to be able to provide, not only in the Summer Camp - Family Camp setting, but also support in our clinics.” The snow day also included hot chocolate, arts and crafts, princesses and more!
June 19, 2018 - 11Alive - It is a dream that started in difficult times. A 3rd grader named Hayes Burrow who hoped to beat cancer and grow up to help other kids one day. That day is getting closer as Hayes is now Dr. Burrow. Camp Sunshine shapes the lives of children with cancer. They survive and thrive and often strive to give back in the medical field. Hayes was a camper from 1999 to 2008 and then became a counselor in training. Thank you 11Alive for airing this about Camp Sunshine during our weeks at camp.
June 20, 2018 - It was a big day for the Georgia Bulldogs as they made one of their annual trips to Camp Sunshine. A place that is special for coach Kirby Smart because his brother Karl was a camper and a counselor. Located in Rutledge, Georgia, about 30 miles southwest of Athens, Camp Sunshine has been around since 1982, serving as a getaway retreat for kids going through and recovering from various forms of cancer.
February 21, 2017 - Camp Sunshine sponsored a fun, surprise snow day of the children with cancer at
September 30, 2017 - After Montana Brown beat cancer twice, she vowed to return to the same hospital that treated her to help others in similar fights, a promise she’s now made good on as a pediatric oncology nurse at CHOA in Atlanta.
August 8, 2017 - Cancer and laughter aren't two words that normally go together, but Crazy Good Turns came out to camp to interview campers, counselors, Sally, our Executive Director and Tenise, a Program Director and found out differently. Listen to the history of camp and what a week at summer camp means to the children with cancer. The sounds of camp are delightful sound in the background.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month proclaimed at State Capitol
September 21, 2016 - Atlanta, GA - More than 24 childhood cancer organizations and supporting groups gathered at the Georgia State Capitol to witness the proclaiming of September to be Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
September 12, 2016 - Atlanta, GA - Nanci “Bubbles” Dubin was honored for her years of community service to volunteering at Camp Sunshine.
Camp Sunshine family inspires at UGA game
September 12, 2016 - Athens, GA One of our own Camp Sunshine families were honored and received standing ovation of support during half time at the UGA vs game in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
August 10, 2016 - Rutledge, GA Our very own Nanci “Bubbles” Dubin was interviewed by Jaye Watson of 11 Alive while at Camp Sunshine as part of being honored as 11Who Care Community Service Awards.
TEGNA Grant from 11Alive awarded to Camp Sunshine
June 27, 2016 - Atlanta, GA Camp Sunshine awarded TEGNA Grant.
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
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!