Sunrise Day Camp of Long Island
Providing memorable summers since 2006, Sunrise Day Camp of Long Island is the world's first full-summer day camp for children with cancer and their siblings, provided completely free of charge. Sunrise of Long Island accepts campers who are between 3 ½ and 18 years old, who are on active treatment for cancer or have been treated within the past 5 years, and the siblings(s) of a child who meets this citeria. Unlike most oncology sleep-away camps that are offered for 1-2 weeks each summer, Sunrise Day Camp allows children to attend camp as often as they like.
The fun continues year-round with Sunrise Sundays and Fun-days, offering children exciting activities and events when school is not in session. This year-round program makes it possible for the campers to see their friends throughout the year while enjoying summer all year long. These camps like activity days include sports, crafts, special shows and programs. Just like summer camp, transportation is available from select locations. Some of their year-round programs are family events, where parents and children enjoy the fun-filled festivities together.
Sunrise on Wheels is another innovative program that provides a day filled with Sunrise fun to children undergoing treatment in the pediatric oncology units of participating hospitals. Volunteers wheel a rainbow trunk bursting with toys, games and activities right into many affiliated hospitals and change what could have been a depressing day into a day of camp fun! This program which launched in 2009, currently brings fun to more than 2,500 children in 32 hospitals. Each Wheels location serves a large number of children ranging from toddlers to young adults.
There are currently nine Sunrise Association Day Camps — three in New York (Long Island, Pearl River and Staten Island), three in Israel (Beit Yehoshuah, Be’er Sheva and Ramat Yochanan) and Horizon Day Camp in Baltimore, Maryland, Aurora Day in Atlanta, Georgia and in Southern New Jersey/Greater Philadelphia. Sunrise Association Day Camps are affiliated with 36 renowned hospitals and medical centers around the world.
About the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
A home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children.
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is the 100th House of over 350 Ronald McDonald House programs worldwide. The House accommodates families in a warm and supportive environment. Through a series of programs and services, families staying at RMH-LI are able to focus on their child’s recovery. Home-cooked meals prepared by volunteers, transportation to and from medical appointments, a comfortable place to stay just steps from their child’s bedside and support from other families going through a similar experience allow parents to recharge for the challenges of the next day. This is only possible because of the generosity of the community. For 30 years, RMH-LI has been a home-away-from-home for over 25,000 families in the United States and more than 80 countries around the world who are dealing with the pain of having a child undergoing medical treatment at nearby hospitals.