About the Sunrise Fund

Photo of Ashley with StaffThe Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook was founded in 1999 by Susan Shiebler and Maureen Brennan whose children were treated for cancer at Stony Brook University Medical Center. The fund was established to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to raise funds for specific projects including a respite center, a playroom, extended support services, facilities and programs that meet our families’ growing needs, and vital research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancers.

The Sunrise Fund helps sustain the new Outpatient Pediatric Hematology and Oncology facility located in our comprehensive Cancer Center, aptly named the Stony Brook University Cancer Center. The Sunrise fund supports a number of special programs and is the only pediatric oncology program on Long Island that is tied directly to a major research university. Such programs include: Our Little Heroes Support Network, the School Reentry Program, Living in Love and Play Fit-Stay Fit.

Patients and families have the opportunity to join the “Our Little Heroes” support network. This support is a vital aspect of patient care, second only to cutting edge treatment, in helping patients and families cope with the stresses of battling cancer. The School Reentry program establishes ongoing communication between young cancer patients and their educators and eases the transition when the child returns to the classroom. Living in Love assists patients and families through palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care. Play Fit-Stay Fit is a dynamic wellness program providing physical fitness, nutritional education and psychosocial counseling to childhood cancer survivors, their siblings and families.

The Stony Brook University Cancer Center provides outstanding care with a world class research program in a University-based setting while recognizing the needs of the community with advanced clinical services.


© 2009 Sunrise Fund