John and Susan Bohill, Dave and myself went to Camp Sunshine this morning in Casco, Maine to deliver the money we raised at the benefit show a few weeks back at the Bohill’s Black Bear Cafe. After handing over the loot — all $1200 — were treated to an eye-openeing tour by Events Coordinator Ashley Riley. I knew they provided summer fun, joy and respite to kids with life-threatening ailments and their families, but I didn’t realize how beautiful the campus was on the shores of Sebago Lake.
In addition to the things you expect to find at a summer camp, they had 18 holes of mini golf, a full disc golf course, a herd of yurts, indoor and age-appropriate game rooms and homemade quilts on every bed. Around-the-clock medical support is provided in their own clinic. There’s also psychosocial and bereavement programs. The staff and volunteers do it all year round, for kids from all over the country and around the world. And everyone comes for free.
Our little check is just a drop in the big bucket they need to fill to keep Camp Sunshine going and growing, but we are humbled and proud to lend even a small hand to support such a squidtastic organization. Learn more about them, and where to mail your own check by going to: www.campsunshine.org.