2012 — With A Week at Camp Sunshine, Children with Lupus Feel Like Kids, Not Patients

Forty kids with lupus and their families enjoyed the annual Lupus Week at Camp Sunshine courtesy of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation. Surrounded by others living with lupus, for this one week, they are just like everyone else. Pre-schoolers to teens are grouped by age to enjoy the full range of activities offered by a well-rounded sleepaway camp – swimming, boating, team sports, arts and crafts, and much more. While the kids and their siblings are playing, their families attend educational sessions and share experiences with others facing similar challenges.

The youngest camper with lupus, 8-year old Willow, captured the common experience, telling her grandma, “Everyone here is just like me!” Having been ridiculed by classmates because of her steroid-induced weight gain, Willow was so happy just to be accepted. We thank our donors, particularly the Martin Estrin Foundation, for the contributions that made this week possible and ask for your continued support towards affording more children the same chance next summer.

Why is this program so valuable? The smiling photos here say it all!