Winter Retreat 2019

Last week, our Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks teens gathered up at camp for a retreat February 1st – 3rd. Campers played games, made crafts, and even had a snowball fight!

What did our campers have to say about retreat?

  • Jonah S., 16 – I liked seeing my friends and connecting with them.
  • Louis C, 16 – It’s always a fun time.
  • Taylor P, 16 – I liked the new friends I made.
  • Jada C, 17 – I liked getting to meet new people and see friends.
  • Serena H, 17 – I liked getting to connect with new and old people I know.  I liked building stronger relationships with the counselors and campers.
  • Eleri M, 15 – I liked having so many options of fun things to do and being surrounded by people who understand me!
  • Abby S. 14 – I love friends!
  • Nicole F, 15 – I LOVE the amazingly positive and weird personalities that all of campers and counselors have.

Check out some of the photos on the AZCS&S Facebook Page.

The Power of “One”

Eron Rubio, a previous Arizona Camp Sunrise Camper, and his daughter Lorraine.

THE POWER OF ONE – Cynthia & Eron Rubio’s daughter Lorraine celebrated her first birthday in December. Instead of asking for gifts, the family decided that they would ask for donations to Southwest Kids Cancer Foundation, an organization that Eron personally benefitted from as a child.

“My husband Eron was diagnosed with retinoblastoma as a child so I have always known how beneficial (Arizona) Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks was to him and to his entire family,” described Cynthia Rubio, “I could not think of a better group to raise money for!”

Guests at Lorraine’s birthday party generously donated over $300 to Southwest Kids Cancer Foundation over the week leading up to her birthday.

“We are grateful for what camp has done for the Rubio family and that our family and friends were able to celebrate Lorraine’s birthday by supporting this program.”

Thank you to the Rubio family for giving back to SWKCF, and happy 1st birthday to Lorraine!



AZ Parrot Head Club Donates $7000 to SWKCF







At their annual holiday party, The Arizona Parrot Head Club (AZPHC) presented a $7000 check to AZ Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks!

They truly live the message of “Party with a purpose!” There’s a lot of party and a lot of purpose.

AZPHC was founded in 1994 by Marlene Buffa. They are a not-for-profit social organization for people interested in Jimmy Buffett and Trop Rock’s music and tropical spirit. The purpose? Assist in community outreach programs and to provide members with a means of social interaction.

The $7000 donated will go towards funding camp programs for kids with cancer and their siblings. Thanks to AZPHC and other partners, we can ensure that every kid gets a camp experience with zero financial burden on families.

Ullico Supports SWKCF for Cancer Awareness Month

Ullico serves union workers with insurance and investment products that improve their lives. Each year, Ullico employees select an organization to support in October. Ashley Duhamell, a Ullico employee, was a previous AZ Sidekicks camper and now volunteers for the organization. Ashley presented a lunch and learn with Executive Director Kristin Bennett on the work SWKCF is doing for kids with cancer and their families early in October.

In just one month, employees personally raised $3,963.75, but the giving didn’t stop there. The company matched the donations and provided SWKCF with nearly an $8000 donation!

Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation is extremely grateful for every employee that contributed and Ullico as a whole for choosing to support SWKCF’s Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks. Thank you for helping children and families affected by cancer by celebrating life with us!

Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization operates Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks programs which are dedicated to providing positive experiences for kids affected by cancer and their families.

If your company is interested in doing a giving program and partnering with SWKCF, contact [email protected] for more info.