SunriseWALKS is an annual community event that raises funds for Sunrise Day Camp - Pearl River, the only full summer day camp for children with cancer and their siblings, offered completely free of charge.
This year marks the 10th annual SunriseWALKS and our 10th summer at our camp in Pearl River.
Help us reach our goal of $350,000!!! HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
SunriseWALKS Pearl River benefits Sunrise Day Camp inPearl River, the world's first full-summer day camp for children with cancer and their siblings, offered completely free of charge. Sunrise Day Camp is a proud member of the Sunrise Association, whose mission is to bring back the joys of childhood to children with cancer and their siblings worldwide. Sunrise accomplishes this through the creation and oversight of welcoming, inclusive summer day camps, year-round programs and in-hospital recreational activities, all offered free of charge.
More than just a walk, SunriseWALKS is our annual community event filled with music, games, prizes, and more! Last fall, more than 500 people walked together to celebrate their fundraising efforts and our Sunrise campers. This upcoming summer will mark our 10th camp season in Pearl River, and none of this would be possible without the dedication, and decade of support from people like you!
By joining us, you will be playing a key role in sending children with cancer and their siblings to Sunrise Day Camp, where they can forget about the hospital beds, and needles, and enjoy a summer camp filled with excitement, friendship, and fun.
Meet our 2022 SunriseWALKS Camper Ambassador Family
L-R: Hailey, Daisy, Martin, Jacob, and bottom center, Mia
Two years ago when the clock struck midnight and the year 2020 began, I had no idea what lay ahead—not only for the world but for our family. My daughter Mia started feeling ill, we were living in the early months of Covid and everything was completely different. Never in my life would I have imagined after being admitted, after a week’s worth of poking and medicine and scans, and MRI’s, that the doctor would turn around and sit my husband and I down to tell us “ your daughter has what is called PRE B ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA.” I remember there were six doctors in the room and a social worker who wrote everything the doctor was telling me. After her diagnosis there was a pause, as though they were waiting for me to scream, to cry to react. But I couldn’t. I was frozen.
Sunrise Day Camp-Pearl River has been a breath of fresh air. When I picked them up that very first day, I could see the excitement in all their eyes. They would not stop talking about the camp, the counselors, the games, the pool, everything. Mia spoke about her counselor Phoebe all summer. Attending camp helped to distract everyone from the big picture. We didn’t lose focus on what we were still battling, but it helped knowing my kids were safe and everyone at Sunrise cared so much for them.
Sunrise gives us hope that one day Mia will attend camp just as a returning camper, and not a diagnosed patient