Enter Camp Sunrise. Since 1994, over 600 Ohio children have come to Camp Sunrise and experienced the joys of friendship, love, and the support of a caring community that’s free of the stigma of HIV/AIDS. All free of charge.
“I feel like if I can talk to anybody that has (HIV), and tell them my story, then I feel like I can make a difference. That’s what I really want to do.” — Camp Sunrise attendee
When Camp Sunrise started in 1994, many of the kids attending were sick and unable to participate in all of the camp’s programs.
These days, thanks to advances in HIV/AIDS treatment and a 2014 partnership with Equitas Health (then AIDS Resource Center Ohio), the summer camp is still going strong, but the focus has shifted more to socializing, with specifically developed programming.
The camp, attendees have said, is more raucous, with singing, clapping, stomping, and dancing.
Since its founding, Camp Sunrise has welcomed, free of charge, over 600 Ohio children ages 6-17 living with or otherwise impacted by HIV. Every year as many as 100 children get to experience the joys of friendship, love, the support of a caring community, and an encouraging environment free from the stigma of HIV/AIDS.
Children living with HIV/AIDS, at any stage, as well as those who have a sibling, parent, or caretaker living with the disease, or who are grieving the loss of a loved one, are welcome to attend—free of charge!