Our sweet daughter, Zoe, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on June 5th, 2018. Watching Zoe endure treatment for this disease has been heart wrenching, but her resilience gives us strength and courage.
Zoe is a true champion but none of us could stay afloat without the support of very special people in our lives as well as organizations like Sunrise. When Zoe entered the Maintenance phase of her treatment in April 2019, we immediately enrolled her at Sunrise Day Camp. We had met many volunteers from Sunrise at Cohen's Children's Hospital. They showed up day after day to play with the kids and help distract them from anxiety, fear, and pain. We also heard about Sunrise from other patients and families who couldn't say enough positive things about this camp for kids with cancer, and their siblings.
Zoe and her big sister, Isabelle, attended Sunrise last summer and it brought them both so much joy. Zoe's life transformed from one of isolation to one of socialization, friendship, and excitement. Sunrise changed the very pulse of her childhood. It actually gave her back her childhood in many ways.
Children with cancer often can't attend regular camps or school programs, especially during active treatment which renders them immunocompromised and unable to partake in regular activities. Zoe's counselors were attentive to her needs, reapplying sunscreen three times a day (chemo made her skin very sensitive to sunlight), frequent water breaks, carrying her when chemo caused her ankles and knees to hurt, and making sure she wasn't overheated. The camp also has an oncologist on staff as well as well trained nurses at the ready.
With your support we can play a key role in sending more children to Sunrise Day Camp, where the focus changes from hospital beds and needles to swimming pools and paint brushes. Please consider joining us on Sunday, June 7th at SunriseWALKS-Long Island.