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An Insight into Georgia's Happiest Camp: Camp Sunshine, Helping Children with Cancer
Families, Health
An Insight into Georgia's Happiest Camp: Camp Sunshine, Helping Children with Cancer

When I first heard of Camp Sunshine my mind immediately took me back to the time when my baby brother was diagnosed with cancer. I was a child by then, but I remember vividly the toll this took on my family. Looking backwards, what a difference would it have made to our family if we had participated in a program aimed to help families coping with terminal illness. Childhood cancer is a cruel disease that has a tremendous impact on the families affected. At any given time, cancer holds 10,700 American children in its grip. It robs them, and their families, of the laughter and joy that should be part of every childhood.

Camp Sunshine is a nonprofit organization in Decatur, Georgia, that is dedicated to enriching the lives of children with cancer and their families through recreational, educational and support programs.

Founded in 1982 by Dorothy Jordan, a pediatric nurse. It began as a summer camp for children with cancer and held its first camp in 1983 with 44 children. Camp Sunshine began to expand to other programs when the first Family Camp Weekend was held in 1987. Today, over 400 campers and 200 volunteers participate in one of two weeks or summer camp.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE INTERVIEW AND TO SEE HOW CAMP SUNSHINE IS HELPING CHILDREN W/ CANCER

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