Camp Sunshine

A RETREAT FOR CHILDREN WITH LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESSES AND THEIR FAMILIES

History of Camp Sunshine

Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine is nestled in the tranquil natural beauty of Sebago Lake, Maine adjacent to Point Sebago Resort. For seventeen years, Dr. Larry Gould and Anna Gould, the owners of Point Sebago, donated the facilities and the personnel of their resort for the camp’s operation of four weeks each year.

Dr. Gould retired as Chairman and CEO of M/A-Com, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, in 1983. After watching a TV program on a camp for children with cancer, he and Anna decided to offer a similar program at their resort. Discussions with the chief of pediatric oncology at Children’s Hospital in Boston resulted in Anna and Larry offering a pilot family camp for 43 sick children and their families to be their guests for a week in June 1984.

When fathers at the end of the week thanked Dr. Gould for the week while hugging him and crying, he and Anna knew that this was a very special program. They continued to offer the program, at no charge to the families, expanding to four weeks a year, two weeks in early June and two weeks in late September. Demand for services far exceeded capacity, and a permanent facility, built on 23 acres donated by Anna and Larry was opened in June 2001.

 
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