Our History

Our history

Our Mission

Aurora Day Camp is a proud member of the Sunrise Association.  Our mission is to bring back the joys of childhood to children with cancer and their siblings in the Greater Atlanta Area through our Day Camp, Year-Round and In-Hospital programming, all offered free of charge. 

The First Sunrise Camp

The first Sunrise Day Camp opened its doors in New York during the summer of 2006.  The camp – the first of its kind in the entire world –  offered a free, full summer day camp experience to children affected by cancer. Now in its fourteenth year, Sunrise is an independent 501(c)(3), providing services to over 6,000 children annually through its day camps and year-round programs – both in and outside our affiliated hospital network

Aurora Opens
Summer Camp in Atlanta

Aurora Day Camp opened its doors in June 2018 as Georgia’s first and only 7-week long summer day camp for children with cancer and their siblings, ages 3 1⁄2-16, who are in active or follow-up treatment for cancer.  More than 90 children enrolled the first summer, and our camping community continues to grow!

 

Aurora Launches
In-Hospital Programming

In 2018, Aurora launched its signature in-hospital programming called Aurora on Wheels at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Aurora on Wheels takes camp-like activities, packs them into a tie-dyed trunk, and wheels them into clinics at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Our fun trunk is filled to the brim with interactive toys, games, art projects and more!

Aurora Creates Year-Round Fun

After our first season of summer camp, we launched Aurora Fun-days as a special way for our campers to stay connected with each-other and their favorite counselors . These activity days  make sure the friendships, smiles and laughter of summer camp continue throughout the year!