Mobile summer camp for cancer patients

July 26, 2011 1:50:03 PM PDT
It's summer which means it's time for camp, but for some kids in the hospital that's not an option.

Jackie and Ashley head into the playroom at the Children's Hospital of Montefiore.

Inside they decorate moons and making comets.

The camp on Long Island is said to be the only one in the nation dedicated to kids who are battling cancer and can't go to regular camps.

But for the children undergoing treatment in the hospital, even that is not an option. And so the camp created Sunrise on Wheels, a new program that brings camp into the cancer wards of hospitals all year round.

"We bring toys and games and projects and all that things that you would see out at our day camp grounds right here into the clinic," said Bonnie Flatow, Director of Sunrise on Wheels.

Often when kids are being treated for cancer, their immune system may be suppressed and they are at risk for certain infections, so they can't even be around the other kids.

"The hospital is a difficult place to be and they are experiencing pain and test and procedures and things that aren't normal for them s it's great that they bring in normal play activities and help distract them and make them feel better," said Lindsay Davis, child life specialist at Children's Hospital of Montefiore.

So far Sunrise on Wheels is in four local hospitals with hopes of expanding to six more in our area and then becoming a national program.


Sunrise Day Camp