Sunrise on Wheels
Ever see a child not want to leave a hospital because they’re having too much fun? At Sunrise on Wheels, it happens every day!
Sunrise on Wheels is an innovative program that provides a day filled with Sunrise fun to children awaiting treatment in pediatric oncology units of participating hospitals. Volunteers wheel a rainbow trunk bursting with toys, games and activities right into many of our affiliated hospitals and change what could have been a bleak and depressing day into a day of camp fun!
Celebrating its seventh year, Sunrise on Wheels currently brings fun to more than 2,000 children in 12 hospitals — in New York, New Jersey and in Israel. Each Sunrise on Wheels location serves a large number of children ranging from toddlers to young adults. While the youngest are enjoying Legos, coloring and other age-appropriate activities, older children can participate in a lively game of UNO or intricate crafts. There’s even electronic devices available for interactive gaming.
Where do these amazing trunks and the wondrous amount of toys come from?
Generous donors sponsor our trunks and provide enormous amounts of games and toys, all of which are used by our dedicated cadre of volunteers, who give the gift of bringing fun and in return receive the priceless reward of big smiles on the children’s faces.
“Sunrise on Wheels is as important as the chemotherapy itself.”
-Dr. Lawrence Wolfe, Cohen Children’s Medical Center (2011)
Sunshine from Sunrise
Whenever a child becomes hospitalized, one of our many camp counselors, staff or volunteers is immediately dispatched to bring a bag of goodies, accompanied by a cheery smile. They will sit at bedside and play with the child, share stories of camp days, and even give mom or dad a drop of respite so they can go home for a few hours, change their clothes and maybe have a hot meal. The continuity from camp to bedside help our children to feel connected to their counselors, friends and fun, lessening the sense of isolation and fear that a hospital admission can bring with it. Sunshine from Sunrise is just that – a burst of sunshine during the darkest times, bringing sighs of relief to parents and sounds of laughter from their children.