Each year, the Meland Foundation provides financial help for families who have children dealing with cancer by helping them attend Camp Sunshine in Maine — a national retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses, and their families.
The camp runs year-round and provides recreation and group support and focuses on alleviating the strain a critical illness takes not only on the ill child, but on other members of the immediate family.
There are no fees to attend the camp, but the families must provide their own transportation. Because the camp’s family focus is so rare, families have traveled from 44 states and 22 countries since the program was founded in 1984. Providing access to families is critical to making sure they can benefit from this opportunity.