Servicemen and women to swim around Coronado Island to send military families to Camp
Military servicemen and women are swimming around Coronado Island April 29 in an event inspired by SEAL “hell week” to raise $100,000 for Camp Sunshine. The 10-mile swim, along with the Beach Landing Party, is part of an effort to raise money for military families with children with life-threatening illnesses to attend Camp Sunshine.
“All things being equal, military families inherently bear a larger burden than civilian families,” stated Commander Mike W. “So when a child of a military family is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness it has a comparatively acute impact and we’re trying to provide those families with some relief.”
The Around the World Swim is designed to symbolize the endurance and strength required by Camp Sunshine families. Since 2014, a group of servicemen and women have been competing in physically and mentally taxing endurance events for Camp Sunshine. The events have included a 13-mile swim across Sebago Lake, a 98-mile reverse triathlon that began at the top of Mt. Washington, and a triathlon around Sebago Lake.
Camp Sunshine is a free-of-charge, award-winning retreat on the shores of Sebago Lake in Casco, Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. At Camp, attending families join other families on similar journeys and experience the benefits of empathy and encouragement, recovery and recreation, and hope and inspiration.
“Camp Sunshine is both honored and humbled to have the continued support of this courageous group of servicemen and women,” explains Michael Smith, Development Director at Camp Sunshine. “Their commitment to Camp Sunshine is impactful to the children and their families who look up to them and are inspired by their efforts. I also think it is safe to say that the participants are equally motivated by the strength and resilience of the campers they aim to help,” concludes Smith.
What: 2017 Around the World Swim
Who: Commander Mike W.; *If you would like to speak to former Camp Sunshine military families contact Michael Smith 207-807-0916
When: April 29, 2017, 6:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Where: Swim starts at Hotel Del Coronado Beach; Beach Landing Party at Glorietta Bay Beach
About Camp Sunshine
Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness.
Camp Sunshine is the only program in the nation offered year-round with the distinction of having been designed to serve the entire family in a retreat model. The program is free of charge to families and includes on-site medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement sessions are also offered for families who have experienced the death of a child from a supported illness.www.campsunshine.org