Camp Kesem is a national organization that is focused on providing kids affected by a parent’s cancer with a free, week-long camp where they can connect with other kids who have gone through the same things that they have. Camp Kesem originally started off at Stanford University in 2000, but since then, it has spread to college campuses all over America. There are over 73 chapters that are all led by college students who put on camps in their communities. The camps help these children to find a supportive network of people that they can turn to, whether that is their peers and new lifelong friends, or the counselors. But most importantly, it just lets them be kids.
This is our second year having a chapter at Fresno State! We feel very fortunate to be the first school in the CSU system to have been approved for a chapter, but we definitely hope we aren’t last! We held our first camp in August 2015 and we look forward to serving 35 Central Valley children, ages 6-16, in the summer of 2016.
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Camp dates and location for Summer 2016 will be announced soon! Stay tuned for camp apps in early 2016!