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Making life fun & normal for children with cancer

Posted at 4:16 PM, May 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-31 16:47:11-04

Starting this July, children living with cancer in Rockland and Westchester, as well as New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey, will have a great place to spend their summer vacation.  Sunrise Day Camp will open a location in Pearl River, New York.  The new Pearl River facility is on a 95-acre site.

Sunrise camps are free and  cater to kids with cancer and their siblings.  The original location opened in 2006 in Wheatley Heights, Long Island and the second was founded in 2010 in Israel.   The Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester and Friedberg JCC have partnered to launch Sunrise Day Camp at Pearl River which will open this summer.  “Children with cancer are often isolated from the normal activities of childhood. Rarely do they have a chance to see beyond the closed worlds of home, hospital, and doctors’ offices,” said Arnie Preminger, President and CEO of the Friedberg JCC. “Sunrise Day Camp opens the door to a new world by making it possible for campers to enjoy a summer filled with exciting activities daily, enduring friendships and joyful experiences, while paying careful attention to their special medical and emotional needs.”

To  keep the wonderful services provided by Sunrise Day Camp available to children for free, the organization needs help.  Those interested in changing a child’s life can participate in one of the two Surisewalks taking place Sunday, June 9th: one on Long Island and the other in Pearl River, New York.  Go to http://www.sunrisedaycamp.org/ for more info on volunteering or donating.