Camp Kesem recognizes
and embraces the often-overlooked population of children touched by a parent’s
cancer. Our programs create a life-long community of support, to help address
their unique needs. Best known is our camp program - a national network of
college student run, FREE summer camps for children ages 6-16 whose parent has
or had cancer. We provide a safe and supportive atmosphere where children befriend
peers who can uniquely relate to their situation, and gain the strategies and
confidence needed to cope with their parent’s illness or death. At the same
time, college students develop critical leadership skills as they create,
manage, fundraise and run every aspect of their local Camp Kesem chapters.
Since our first camp started at Stanford University in 2000, Camp Kesem has
grown to over 60 college chapters in 29 states across the country. This past
summer we served nearly 4,000 children and provided leadership opportunities
for over 1,800 college student leaders. We anticipate serving over 5,000
children in summer 2015. Building off of our success to date, we are now
charting the course to increase our impact dramatically in the years ahead.
There is tremendous opportunity to grow the organization further, until one day
we can bring the life-changing benefits of our camps to the 3 million+ children
coping with a parent’s cancer.
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