"When my daughter was diagnosed, Wheels was there to comfort her. She built a relationship with the Wheels volunteers, she was so comforted by you all that she forgot all her pain. I am so grateful to Wheels for caring.”
Have you ever seen a child not want to leave a hospital because they’re having too much fun? At Horizon on Wheels, it happens every day!
Horizon on Wheels is an innovative program that provides a day filled with Horizon fun to children awaiting treatment in pediatric oncology units of participating hospitals. Volunteers wheel a rainbow trunk bursting with toys, games and activities right into many of our affiliated hospitals and change what could have been a bleak and depressing day into a day of camp fun!
Our Wheels program, which launched through Sunrise Association in 2009, currently brings fun to more than 2,500 children in 35 hospitals. The program is available for 52 weeks per year at all of our hospital locations (John Hopkins Medicine The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Children’s National Hospital, The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai – LifeBridge Health, The University of Maryland’s Children Hospital).
Each Wheels location serves a large number of children ranging from toddlers to young adults. While the youngest are enjoying Legos, coloring and other age-appropriate activities, older children can participate in a lively game of UNO or intricate crafts. There’s even electronic devices available for interactive gaming.
Sunshine from Horizon
If your child is hospitalized for any reason, we’re here for you.
Horizon Day Camp and Horizon on Wheels staff and counselors are available to bring Sunshine into your child’s day with a phone call or FaceTime session!!
Our team is ready to virtually play games, read stories, craft and more!!
Please call Fran at 410.991.0460 or email to schedule a virtual visit today!
Whenever we become aware that one of our campers is hospitalized, either camp counselors, staff or volunteers will visit with a few special surprises and a cheery smile. They will sit at bedside and play with the child, share stories of camp days, and even give mom or dad a drop of respite so he or she can go home for a few hours, change clothes and maybe have a hot meal. The continuity from camp to bedside helps our children feel connected to their counselors, friends and fun, lessening the sense of isolation and fear that a hospital admission can bring with it.
Sunshine from Horizon is just that – a burst of sunshine during the darkest times, bringing sighs of relief to parents and sounds of laughter from their children. It’s so simple to schedule a visit; all you need to do is call us!