The Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation (DBAF) is proud to announce our 11th national family retreat. This retreat will take place during the week of  July 9 – 14, 2017 at Camp Sunshine, which is located at Lake Sebago, Maine. Air carriers fly into Portland, Maine.  Ground transportation is provided by Camp Sunshine to the campus.

Camp Sunshine has proven to be an unforgettable experience for the families that have attended.  We are grateful to Camp Sunshine for extending an invitation to us once again this year. Lodging and three meals daily are provided. Camp also plans daily activities for the entire family, and offers parents an opportunity to share their experiences and exchange information. Aside from the benefit of meeting other families, the DBAF has also obtained commitments from DBA clinicians and researchers to come and share their medical expertise and to update us on current research. Please visit to learn more about Camp Sunshine.

Applications are now available at:

Final selection of families chosen to attend is determined by Camp Sunshine. Completed applications and physical examination forms should be returned to Camp Sunshine as soon as possible, due to the limited availability of family accommodations. Travel expenses are the families’ responsibility. Transportation assistance, provided by Camp Sunshine, may be available for families who would otherwise be unable to attend. Funding is prioritized for families attending for the first time. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Camp, please contact Dawn Baumgardner at

We are looking forward to seeing many of you this summer!