More than 25 years ago, a camp was established on Sebago Lake in Casco, Maine, with the hopes of giving children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a chance to get away from the stresses of everyday life and to have some fun and share their experiences with others in similar situations.
Today, Camp Sunshine continues to give those families the same opportunities to spend a week on the lake trying to help ease the burden that comes with dealing with a life-threatening illness.
The camp was established by Dr. Larry Gould and Anna Gould in an effort to not only give children a chance to get away and have some fun, but also to help the families of those children spend a week away and allow them to meet others going through the same struggles.
“It’s to provide a respite for the whole family as they go through the worst ordeal of their life,” Anna Gould said. “After researching a bit, I found there was nothing for the whole family to go to.”
“It’s tough, you’re in and out of hospitals, the kid’s getting chemo and you don’t have a lot of time to talk with other parents and you feel really alone,” said Lind Porcelli, whose family is part of Camp Sunshine. “Just knowing you’re not alone and the other parents out there are going through the same thing or that you have someone to turn to for advice is amazing.”
Camp Sunshine recently got a helping hand in the form of volunteers from NESN.
“We have a very active charity program through NESN Connects,” NESN COO/CFO Ray Guilbault said. “We have almost two dozen NESN employees that come up here for a couple of days to spend time just volunteering and helping out.
“It’s a very special place where there’s a lot of laughter and fun, and kids can be kids, and parents can feel good about their kids having a great time.”
To learn more about Camp Sunshine, please be sure to watch the video below.