For ten years, SunriseWALKS has been inspiring communities to unite for a cause and give children with cancer a summer free from the everyday demands of their illness. The money raised here helps pay for children with cancer and their siblings to attend Sunrise Day Camp free of charge, so their families don’t have to. The only full summer day camp of its kind in the world, Sunrise lets campers forget about their cancer so they can play, run, and explore the magic of summer like a kid, the way you remember it—while returning to the safety and comfort of their own beds each night.
Thanks to SunriseWALKS, Sunrise Day Camps give children with cancer the chance to explore their creativity, make connections and enjoy life in a way they never thought possible. There are many opportunities for you to get involved: make a donation, become a SunriseWALKS team captain or walker, volunteer your time during the event, or become a corporate partner.
Justin has always been an active kid, full of life and love. Even after being diagnosed with asthma at 3 years old, he continued to live his life with a spirited determination, never letting limitations stand in his way.
Then, on November 1, 2012, a routine checkup at the eye doctor turned into a visit to the Emergency Room. After several CT scans and MRIs, doctors found a brain tumor pressing on Justin’s optic nerve. Ten days later, he had lost vision in both of his eyes. Three weeks later, he was released from the hospital, angry and unable to understand what was happening. After an outpour of support from his Church and his family, Justin began to accept his situation and set out on his journey to recovery.
Sunrise Day Camps – operated by the Friedberg and Rosenthal JCCs – are 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations founded in 2006. They are part of the Sunrise Association whose mission is to give children with cancer the best summer of their lives through the fun and active experience of summer camp. The only full summer day camp in the world for children with cancer and their siblings, we are dedicated to creating an environment filled with excitement, friendship and adventure—where the focus changes from hospital beds and needles to swimming pools and paintbrushes.
SunriseWALKS works all year-round to help raise money for Sunrise Day Camps, so kids with cancer can have the best summer of their lives. We’re so happy you’ve decided to join us. Click a location below to donate, register to become a walker or team captain, and get access to other event tools.