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HEALTH ASSISTING SENIORS VOLUNTEER AT CAMP FOR SICK CHILDREN
HEALTH ASSISTING SENIORS VOLUNTEER AT CAMP FOR SICK CHILDREN
Posted on 12/16/2014
HEALTH ASSISTING SENIORS VOLUNTEER AT CAMP FOR SICK CHILDREN

Camp Sunshine 2014
Nashoba Tech seniors, from left, Brenna Ellis, Marc Clayton, Wilbannelys Ramos, Spencer Fusco, Lauren Quinn, Skye Nogler and Jared Abreu, spent a recent weekend volunteering at Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine. They are all in Nashoba Tech’s Health Assisting program.

 Seven seniors in the Health Assisting program at Nashoba Tech gave up a recent weekend to volunteer at Camp Sunshine on Sebago Lake in Casco, Maine.
        Camp Sunshine’s mission is to provide support, comfort and care for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The camp is the only program in the country whose mission is to address the impact of a life-threatening illness on every family member — the ill child, parents and siblings.
        The Nashoba Tech students, with Health Assisting instructor Vicki-Ann Poulin, volunteered to assist with the children to give the families a chance to relax while knowing their child and sibling is being cared for.
        “Even with the bitter cold, we found it quite comforting and amazingly happy and serene,” Poulin said of the experience.
        Students who volunteered include Jared Abreu (Townsend), Marc Clayton (Chelmsford), Brianna Ellis (Chelmsford), Spencer Fusco (Billerica), Skye Nogler (Pepperell), Lauren Quinn (Townsend) and Wilbannelys Ramos (Lowell).
        Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for more than 30,000 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. Families with a child diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses attend a weeklong camp, the focus of which is to alleviate the strain that the illness places, not only on the child, but on family members as well.
        The camp is staffed almost entirely by volunteers.