Making A Difference

Johns Hopkins Camp Sunrise

Established by the American Cancer Society in 1987, Camp Sunrise started with only seven campers. Today, Camp Sunrise is maintained and sponsored by Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center's Division of Pediatric Oncology with 100 or more patient campers. Camp Sunrise is a week-long summer camp held in early August in Maryland, for children who have been diagnosed with or have survived cancer. Campers are given the opportunity to establish strong peer relationships with the other children they can relate to that are going through the same experiences and feelings as they are with their cancer treatment. At Camp Sunrise, campers also gain independence from the regimen of cancer treatment, and enhance their self-confidence by trying new activities offered while attending the camp.