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Camp Kesem may be ‘Cancer Camp,’ but most kids want to come back for s’more

LOMA MAR — What if, instead of worrying whether your mom had sewed name tags into your underwear for summer camp, you had to wonder whether she would still be alive when you got home? Or what if you were 6 years old and got packed off to “Cancer Camp” by your grieving father not long after your mother died of the disease?

That’s what happened to Kieran Ward, of Menlo Park, now 13, who had to get on a waiting list seven years ago before he could get into Camp Kesem at Stanford, the first of what has become a nationwide network of sleepaway camps for kids ages 6 to 16 with a parent who has, or had, cancer.

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