CASCO — Camp Sunshine, a free retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, hosted their annual SEALs for Sunshine event virtually this year. Participants (many of whom are active-duty military personnel stationed in Alaska, California, Florida and Washington DC) signed up, pledged to run, walk, bike and/or swim a distance of their choosing on August 22, 2020. By the end of the day, a collective 3,200 miles had been completed by nearly 100 participants from 18 different states. Most importantly, $56,000 and counting was raised for Camp Sunshine by these dedicated athletes.

Retired Navy SEAL Commander, Michael Wisecup started the event back in 2014 and each year he works with Camp Sunshine to create challenging physical events for Navy SEALs and other members of the military. Since this event’s inception, Navy SEALs and other servicemen and women have been competing in physically daunting tasks for Camp Sunshine to raise funds and awareness. The SEALs have participated in a 13-mile swim across Sebago Lake (2014), a reverse triathlon that began at the top of Mt. Washington (2015), a combination triathlon around Sebago Lake (2016), a 10-mile open ocean swim around California’s Coronado Island (2017), a 26.2 mile paddleboard marathon around Coronado Island (May 2018), a 60-mile triathlon along Maine’s Coast (August 2018), and 16-mile swim from Bridgton to Casco (2019).

Funds were raised in part by participants, as well as event sponsor including $25,000 matching sponsor, Texas Roadhouse; Team Sponsor – Camp Sunshine’s Founder & Board Chair, Anna M. Gould; and pledge partners – Martignetti, Treasury Wines; and Fair/Dermody Consulting Engineers.

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