Family Retreat

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2024 Retreat

Please check back in early 2024 for updates on next year's event!

What is the Family Retreat?

The Family Retreat is a unique event that allows families registered with FARF to attend presentations by researchers and physicians who are active in the research and treatment of Fanconi anemia (FA), to attend support groups for help in coping with the disease, to voluntarily participate in FA research projects, and to connect with other families affected by FA. Camp Sunshine volunteers provide a fun-filled program for children with FA and their siblings.

What is Camp Sunshine?

Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation, and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness. The program is free of charge to families and includes on-site medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement sessions are also offered for families who have experienced the death of a child. Learn more at [url=][/url].

Who can go?

Anyone with FA, 18 years old or younger, and their family are welcome and invited to apply. We will work with Camp to prioritize newly diagnosed families and those who have never been to Camp before. People from all countries are welcome. Newly diagnosed families are especially encouraged to apply. There is no cost to attend other than travel expenses. Travel scholarships are available through FARF to assist with these expenses (see our website for more info).

Note: adults with FA (19+) are welcome to apply to Camp as volunteers here. This process is managed by Camp Sunshine. Adults with FA and their guests are invited to their own annual retreat.

How do I apply?

Applications will be available in early 2024 via Camp Sunshine's website.

Travel Scholarships

Travel scholarships will be available when applications open.