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Johns Hopkins Camp Kesem makes the news!

Austin Dodson didn’t want to go to summer camp — at least not the one his mom wanted to send him to.

His mom, Annapolis resident Tracey Dodson, had heard about a weeklong program called Camp Kesem for the children of cancer patients. In May, less than a year after he’d first been diagnosed, Austin’s dad died from stomach cancer.

To Austin, a 13-year-old student at Bates Middle School, the camp sounded terrible. “I thought it was going to be boring — just sitting there and talking about it,” he said.

Instead, last Friday, at the Elks Camp Barrett in Crownsville, Austin’s hair was wet with sweat from running beneath the hot sun and his shirt was dusted with dirt.


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