May 10, 2013
LAFAYETTE, CALIF. – Camp Kesem launches its national Give a Laugh Campaign today as a way to honor parents everywhere this Mother’s and Father’s Day. Calling themselves “the official sponsor of laughter,” Camp Kesem is a network of free one-week sleep away summer camps and year-round social circles for kids ages 6 to 16 whose parents have or had cancer. Their ultimate mission is to bring joy and laughter back to these invisible victims.
“Laughter can be hard to come by when a family is struck by cancer,” said Chief Executive Officer of Camp Kesem National Jane Saccaro. “At Kesem, we provide laughs even during hard times, so we decided to share that joy and spread the word about Camp Kesem this Mother’s and Father’s Day with our Give a Laugh contest.”
The contest calls for people of all ages to submit video clips of their best laugh from May 12, Mother’s Day, until June 2. Camp Kesem will then select the top five to ten videos and open up voting to the public through Facebook and their website for the best laugh from June 3 to June 14. The laughs sent in will also become a part of their Mother’s and Father’s Day card collection for 2014. The winner (who will receive 12 Giordano’s world famous Chicago pizza packages of two pizzas each, for a total of 24 pizzas (winner’s choice of ingredients – one pizza package each month, for 12 consecutive months), from Giordano’s nationwide frozen pizza program) will be revealed on Father’s Day, June 16 when the final video will be tweeted and posted by celebrities, shared on YouTube and played at national Camp Kesem and partner events. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/vwsKZ or campkesem.org.
Apr 16, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas – April 15, 2013 – Today, the LIVESTRONG Foundation announced the recipients of its Community Impact Project, which will distribute more than $1.2 million to bring proven cancer support programs to 72 sites across the United States. (See pages 3-4 for a complete list of award recipients.)
Apr 10, 2013
Helping Teens Cope With A Parent’s Cancer
Cancer is a scary diagnosis for anyone, and teenagers can have an especially hard time dealing with the news that a parent is sick. To help young people cope with a parent’s illness, father and daughter duo Marc and Maya Silver wrote the book My Parent Has Cancer And It Really Sucks. They speak with host Michel Martin.
Apr 1, 2013
Camp Kesem’s first-annual Night at the Museum, sponsored by Giordano’s Famous Stuffed Pizza, was a huge success, bringing more than 1,000 guests to The Field Museum with host Ryan Chiaverini and special guests Torry and Terrance Holt. The event raised more than $300,000 to help grant free summer camp experiences to children whose parents suffer from cancer.
Mar 28, 2013
Family night at the Museum
The Field Museum (1400 S. Michigan) welcomed nearly 1,000 guests on March 9 to the first annual fundraiser for Camp Kesem, a free summer program for children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer.
Feb 21, 2013
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Feb 18, 2013
Children of parents with cancer need a break. That’s why Camp Kesem, a free, week-long retreat was born—to remind kids they are kids. And to show them they are not alone.
With 41 chapters in 24 states and 12 new chapters launching in 2014, it’s for six- to 16-year olds with a parent in treatment, past treatment, or who may have died of cancer.
Read the full story here.
Feb 6, 2013
Camp Kesem helps children of cancer patients stay upbeat
Rob Newbould had a lot on his mind when he was diagnosed with head and neck cancer, but his biggest fear was breaking the news to his young children.
Like Newbould, many parents battling cancer struggle to find a way to inform their families. Luckily these families aren’t alone. The Newboulds, and countless families like them, find hope in Camp Kesem — a national movement of summer camps for children whose parents have cancer.
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Feb 3, 2013
BREAKING NEWS: The LIVESTRONG Foundation has just announced that Camp Kesem has been selected, for the second time, as one of their Community Impact Projects. This tremendous news means that Camp Kesem will be growing again: adding 12 college chapters in the next year, bringing Kesem magic to many more of the 3 million children affected by a parent’s cancer. We encourage all interested schools to apply to bring Kesem magic to your community and campus!
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Feb 2, 2013
Camp Kesem keeps focus on fun
SOUTH BEND — The Notre Dame chapter of Camp Kesem will host the weeklong summer camp for the 10th consecutive summer this August.
Camp Kesem, like many other summer camps, offers activities for children such as sports time, nature, team building, and arts and crafts but unlike other camps they focus on the child whose parent has or had cancer.
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