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Feehan and Camp Sunshine

Learn about the Feehan service trip to Camp Sunshine and the empowerment that these students help facilitate.
Sean Kane
July Camp Sunshine volunteers after orientation; ready to meet the campers! Pictured (left to right): Maeve Cronin (‘24), Kate DeVincent (‘24), Oceana Duffy (‘24), Kaitlin Volpe (‘24), Alexis Ombati (‘24), Shannon Evans (‘24), Deepthi Adhavan (‘24), Ananya Aggarwal (‘24), Molly Sullivan (‘24) and Mrs. Payson.

Volunteering was a significant aspect of Feehan that drew me to this school. I have volunteered for many hours, but my all-time favorite was Camp Sunshine. The friendships I created, the memories I’ve made, and the people I have helped are unforgettable.

Camp Sunshine is a camp created for families affected by terminal illnesses to escape to “normalcy” for a week. Created in 1984 by the Gould family, it has helped over 60,000 ill children, siblings, and parents from all 50 US states and 27 countries. They have various activities to entertain guests of all ages and even have informational sessions about the disease of the week to bring awareness to it. While Camp Sunshine has been established for 35+ years, this fantastic program was only brought to Feehan 15 years ago by Mrs. Gallagher. Thanks to her, 20 juniors go on this special trip and return with memories to last a lifetime.

Deepthi Adhavan ‘24 and Oceana Duffy ‘24 (in the moose costume) getting ready to welcome campers to Camp Sunshine. (Maeve Cronin )

My favorite thing about Camp Sunshine is the friends that I have made because of it. It was an excellent opportunity to get to know girls I had never talked to before, as I would live with them for a week. My favorite part of the day was any time where I could socialize with the families there, during meals, free time, and pickup and drop off; it was very intriguing to hear from the parents and what they were experiencing daily.

During the week I went, the illness that was being represented was Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS). This syndrome causes the bone marrow not to produce enough white blood cells, making those affected more prone to infections and even making them more likely to get leukemia. This is a relatively rare disease I had not heard of before, so it was fascinating to learn about it and how it affected those around me.

Even though Feehan provides many fantastic opportunities to volunteer and help the community around you, Camp Sunshine was my favorite volunteering endeavor from start to finish. I couldn’t recommend it enough!

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Shannon Evans
Shannon Evans, Staff Writer/Photojournalist
Shannon is a senior at Bishop Feehan and a fourth-year writer! She loves reading, writing, baking, listening to music, skiing, and traveling. Her favorite artists are Noah Kahan, Zach Bryan, and Taylor Swift, and her favorite place she’s traveled to is Ireland! She is a senior editor of the yearbook, part of Feehan Fanatics, and participates in multiple clubs at Feehan!
Maeve Cronin
Maeve Cronin, Staff Writer
Maeve is a second year writer for the ‘Rock Report and a senior at Bishop Feehan. She is the co-leader of the Human Rights Club and the president of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, she loves to read, crochet, and listen to music. She can’t wait to write for us again this year!

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