Camp Sidekicks 2016 – Day 1

Our AZ Camp Sidekicks campers travelled up to Payson, AZ this morning, and wow, what a day! Day One has been filled with lots of excitement and adventure. The campers were escorted to camp by the C4 Motorcycle Ministry and greeted with a full-day planned with cabin activities, camp tours, group activities, and of course getting their iconic lanyard photos taken.

13633347_10205041116946360_1892896019_oThis week’s theme is “Adventure is out there,” a wild and wooly ride through storytelling and adventure. We kicked off the theme with a rousing edition of Storytime with Uncle Bob (featuring a cameo from Lizard), and wound down the night with each cabin group imagining and creating their very own cabin characters and mascots.

The campers might be falling asleep in their bunks, but we are already looking forward to another full day tomorrow and lots of sunshine!

SWKCF in Arizona Health and Living Magazine

As our families begin arriving for Family Overnight, and our Sidekicks begin packing for their week at Camp, Arizona Health and Living Magazine is featuring a story about Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation.

Check out the full story, written by our very own Erin Vosseller, at Arizona Health and Living!

And stay tuned for daily recaps of Camp posted right here on the AZ Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks website and on our Facebook page!


Weigh to Fundraise 2016 – Spring Cleaning for AZ Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks

It’s that time of year for some Spring Cleaning!

We all have things lying around the house that we don’t need anymore… Well here is your chance to get them out of the house and help Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks at the same time! We are having a fundraiser called Weigh to Fundraise. You bring us all your unwanted household items and we get a donation to camp! It will be held Saturday, April 30th from 9am to 1pm at Summit School of Ahwatukee.

We look forward to seeing you and your stuff on April, 25!



Saturday, April 30
9 AM – 1 PM


Summit School of Ahwatukee
4515 E. Muirwood Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85048


  • Clothing
  • Housewares
  • Knick Knacks
  • Accessories
  • Small Appliances
  • Toys


If you cannot make it on April 30, but have stuff to donate, please contact Barb Nicholas @ 602.531.9770 to make other arrangements.

*We cannot accept mattresses, hazardous waste, oil paints, ammunition, fire arms, computer monitors, TVs, furniture, or Hide-a-Bed Sofas.

What Does AZ Camp Sidekicks Mean to Siblings?

The volunteers at Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks have always been proud of the programming that we offer to siblings of children affected by cancer. Barb Nicholas, Executive Director of AZ Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks shares the following story, showing why we are so passionate about sibling programming.

I received a call from a parent (Mary) of a sibling camper (Sidekick) (Nick) before summer camp began. She was concerned about sending her son to camp. He was having such a hard time with the fact that his younger bother (John) had been diagnosed with cancer.

Mary wanted to be sure that Nick would be ok coming to camp. “What if he doesn’t make friends”, “What if he has a hard time being away from us”? All very normal questions from a parent sending her child to camp for the first time. She went on to tell me that Nick was so angry that his brother was sick , he was so quiet and sad and she wanted to be sure that we would be extra sensitive to his needs. I assured her that Nick would be well taken care of, at the end of the conversation she decided Nick would come to camp.

At camp Nick thrived, he made friends, took Archery class, rode in a canoe. Did all the things that kids do at camp, and he did another thing as well…he talked to other kids who were just like him. He listened to other kids talk about cancer, how they were afraid too. He came to understand that even though you are afraid and scared you can get through it.

I got another call from Mary a few days after camp ended. They had come up to camp and picked Nick up. She said “Barb I don’t know what you did to/for Nick at camp, but on the way home from camp it was the first time since his brother was diagnosed with cancer that he actually talked about it! He asked us questions and he told us stories about the other kids he had met that had siblings with the same kind of cancer as his brother had. He had hope Barb. For the first time he had hope.”

She was so thankful, so amazed at what had happened. This is what camps does for kids, gives them opportunities to be kids, to have that attention they need and to give them hope. Nick continues to come to camp and now his little brother goes to camp as well. He is in his 3rd year of remission. Now they both have something to look forward to each summer. They get to go to camp, they get to be kids and they get to have hope.

Date Change for Spring Retreat 2016

The dates for Spring Retreat have changed. Spring Retreat 2016 will now occur April 1-3, 2016. Update you calendars accordingly!

We look forward to seeing all of our 8-12 year old campers this Spring!

Golf FORE Cancer 2015

Update: Thanks to our amazing supporters and volunteers, Golf FORE Cancer 2015 raised $16,214 for AZ Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks! Thank you to everyone who participated!


Save the date for the third annual Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the beautiful We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. Join us for a day of Golf, Food, Fun, and celebration as we raise funds for AZ Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks.

Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks is an entirely volunteer-run summer camp program that offers special opportunities for children who have or have had cancer and their siblings. Please support us in our mission to provide an exciting, medically safe camp experience. All proceeds will directly benefit our kids – thank you for your support!

Stay tuned for more information.

2nd Annual Fitness Frenzy

Come and join us for a class or two! Have fun, get a great workout, and maybe even learn something new. All benefitting a great cause. Please contact Wall2Wall Dance Center at 480-317-3000 for more details.

9:00 AM – Pilates Sculpt with Eva Gonzalez
10:00 AM – Zumba with Coltyn Ansera
11:00 AM – Stretch and Relaxation with Mary Wall

Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks will also have staff there to answer any questions and will have camp merchandise available for a minimum donation.


Camp Sunrise 2015 – Day Six

Day Six – Talent Show  – Tomorrow leaving 

Sunrise 2015 Talent Show 2Tonight was the annual talent show were our guest host Chuck Roast with the Host with the Most! There was a plethora of high fives given out and loads of jokes to go around. Each cabin participated in the evening festivities with a skit! Tomorrow the kids will head home but first we will have a yearbook signing event and of course, Family Day! Cannot wait to meet everyone and have a beautiful last day of camp.

Camp Sunrise 2015 – Day Five

Day Five – Dance 

Sunrise 2015 DinnerThe annual camp dinner dance took place last night. Campers and staff dressed in festive clothing to match our Campilyland amusement park theme! The costumes were AMAZING and the creativity was unmatched! After an awesome dinner served by the Leaders in Training, everyone returned to the dinning hall for the dance. The dance was full of great music and an awesome light show!