Sunrise-Israel

Bringing joy to Israeli children with cancer and their siblings since 2010.

Sunrise-Israel brings the joys of childhood to children with cancer and their siblings in Israel.

In the heart of every child is a spark of joy, a light that illness cannot extinguish. Through our welcoming, inclusive summer day camps and year-round “Sunrise on Wheels” in-hospital programs—all offered 100% free of charge—we offer a joyful escape that helps children forget their illness. Since 2010, our programs have reached children across Israel, touching lives with sunshine, laughter, and happiness—even amidst the toughest times of treatment and conflict.

Restoring Childhood’s Light: The Sunrise Mission

In the heart of every child is a spark of joy, a light that illness cannot extinguish. Sunrise Israel, a proud initiative of the Sunrise Association, brings the joys of childhood to Israeli children with cancer and their siblings Sunrise Association offers welcoming, inclusive day camps, year-round programs and in-hospital recreational activities, all completely free of charge.

Since 2006, the Sunrise Association has created lasting, joyful memories, touching the lives of over 65,000 children worldwide whose lives have been affected by pediatric cancer, restoring the joys of childhood, free of charge.

Spreading Joy in Israel

In 2023, Sunrise-Israel has brightened the lives of over 1,200 children with cancer and their siblings across the country.

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Sunrise-Israel is celebrating 15 summers in 2024

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summer day camps across Israel

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weekly in-hospital programs

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children impacted annually through Sunrise-Israel programming

The Dawn of Sunrise Israel

First established in 2010, Sunrise Israel has grown into a symbol of hope across the country, offering the only day-camp of its kind in Israel, serving all Israeli children with cancer, along with their healthy siblings. Today, with camps in three locations across the country, caring for children ages 3½ to 17, from over 70 communities, Sunrise Israel has provided joyous magic over the years to over 9,500 brave Israeli children. Sunrise Israel is a place where laughter drowns out fear, and where all children can find common ground, united in happiness.

Sunrise Israel Day Camps: Where Dreams Take Flight

Each Sunrise Israel Day Camp is a “Land of YES,” where sick children and their healthy siblings experience the full vibrancy of summer regardless of their cancer. From arts and crafts to pool days, science fun and sports adventures, we turn days of treatment into days of triumph. Every moment at camp creates a precious childhood memory, strengthening the children’s emotional resilience and social health, vital components of their healing journey. And for parents, it’s a moment to recharge, a chance to breathe, knowing their children are well cared for in a medically supervised summer day camp that asks for nothing in return but their smiles.

Sunrise on Wheels: Bringing Sunshine Right into the Hospitals

Sunrise on Wheels brings the joys of childhood to young cancer patients undergoing active treatment in the pediatric oncology units of participating hospitals.  With the help of dedicated volunteers and a rainbow trunk brimming with toys, games, and activities, Sunrise on Wheels transforms what would otherwise be difficult days into days full of fun and laughter.

Sunrise on Wheels is a beacon of joy, hope, and caring, touching thousands of children at hospitals, in Israel and beyond. Our program serves a wide age range, from toddlers to young adults, offering age-appropriate activities that engage, entertain and bring joy to our Sunrise children precisely when they need it most.

A Bridge of Hope

Standing as a testament to unity, Sunrise Israel does all of this and more, regardless of whether the child is Jewish or Arab. Campers and counselors hail from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds from across Israel. In our camps, diversity is celebrated, and language barriers are forgotten through smiles and shared laughter. As such, Sunrise Day Camps are the only multi-cultural, fully bi-lingual (Hebrew and Arabic), day camps of their kind, for children with cancer, and their siblings, in Israel Perhaps this is what hope looks like.

Steadfast in Crisis: Our Post-October 7th Promise

The challenges of cancer are daunting; facing them amidst the chaos of war is almost unimaginable. In the aftermath of October 7th, Sunrise Israel has intensified its efforts, providing additional support to children and their families during this ongoing crisis. Whether it’s safe transportation for hospital treatments, laptops for remote schooling, or emotional support and trauma relief for parents and children, Sunrise Israel continues to serve as an anchor of strength and stability, continuing to bring joy, and build resilience during these stressful times.

Join Us in Sowing Seeds of Joy

Your generosity has the power to transform lives.

$2,000

sponsors an entire summer of healing, and happiness for a child

$300

stocks a Sunrise on Wheels chest with toys and therapeutic activities

$150

supports a day filled with play and companionship at camp

Support Sunrise-Israel Today

All of Sunrise-Israel’s programs are offered 100% free of charge. Our life-changing services are made possible by generous donations.