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In addition to our summer camp programs we hope to help our camper families by providing the following resources!

Camp Kesem Partner Organizations

Caring Bridge’s mission is to amplify the love, hope, and compassion in the world. Through their website, users can set up secure pages to communicate with family and friends during a loved one’s illness. Online tools include journals, guestbooks, and planners which allow users to organize and share tasks with friends and family who want to help during a difficult time.

Founded in Germany in 1991 by Peter Harf, who lost his wife to an acute form of blood cancer, Delete Blood Cancer leads the fight to delete blood cancer by empowering people to take action, give bone marrow and save lives. With more than 4 million registered bone marrow donors worldwide, Delete Blood Cancer is part of the world’s largest bone marrow donor center.

The Holt Foundation supports educational, emotional, and community services for youth overcoming the adversity of parents with cancer. The Holt Foundation was established in 1999 by NFL stars Torry and Terrence Holt on behalf of their mother, the late Ojetta Holt-Shoffner.

Get Cancer Help. We’ll answer your questions from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, helping you take cancer head-on. We look at the experiences of the cancer community, find problems and develop solutions. Then we roll them out to help more people in more situations.

The Cancer Conversation helps cancer patients and the people in their support systems to communicate, prepare, and plan. It is a boxed set of 40 large cards, each printed with thought-provoking questions and answers about the emotional and practical aspects of cancer. The format lets readers take the cards one at a time, in any order, to help them avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Vantage Oncology owns and operates over 60 cancer treatment facilities in 15 states. Their network of affiliated and partnered medical groups provide critical oncology services to more than 1,600 patients per day. Vantage Oncology has 15 treatment centers in Southern California and is committed to providing excellent, compassionate care to patients. Vantage Oncology is proud to support Camp Kesem in their continued efforts to provide high quality, comprehensive programs and services for children whose parents are affected by cancer. Some of their services include: CT scanning and simulation, 3D Conformal Radiotherapy, Sterotactic Radiosurgery, Tomotherapy, among many other new techniques and treatments.

General Resources on Cancer

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has 12 geographic Divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.

First Descents!

First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors, ages 18-39, a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.

Know Cancer

KnowCancer.com is an online community dedicated to connecting, educating, and empowering all people affected by the many forms of Cancer. They have created an environment where people can learn, interact, and ultimately find what they need through education and community support.

Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals. Through a range of dynamic programs and services, community outreach initiatives, and strategic partnerships, Bright Pink is creating a movement of brilliant, bold, and bright young women who are proactive advocates for their health.

Friends of Mel Foundation

It was Mel Simmons’ unique talent to lift the spirit of everyone who came in contact with her. She touched many other cancer patients and their caregivers. As a tribute to Mel, the Foundation was created to continue her work. The mission of the Friends of Mel is to provide quality cancer care for the whole patient by funding cancer research, education and support. The goal is to support creative and promising projects that impact patient care at both the grass root and institutional levels.

Cancer and Careers

Cancer and Careers is dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.

Imerman Angels carefully matches and individually pairs a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). Cancer caregivers (spouses, parents, children and other family and friends of fighters) also receive 1-on-1 connections with other caregivers and survivors. These 1-on-1 relationships inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience. The service is absolutely free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.

The mission of the Cancer Support Community is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The Cancer Support Community (formerly The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club) offers emotional and social support as well as educational workshops to all people affected by cancer. The Cancer Support Community is one of only a small number of organizations offering support to children with cancer in the family.


LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their “new normal.” The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.

Other Cancer Resources

Since 1988, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) has been helping patients win the fight against cancer using advanced technology and a personalized approach. They provide a national network of fully accredited cancer hospitals earned Full Standards Compliance from the Joint Commission, and recognition for delivering high-quality care and exceeding patient safety standards from numerous renowned healthcare organizations, such as the Association of Community Cancer Centers and the American College of Radiology.

Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups

The nonprofit, Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups provides up-to-date information and access to cancer clinical trials.

The Single Fathers Due to Cancer program, based at UNC-Chapel Hill, is dedicated to helping the tens of thousands of fathers nationwide who have lost their spouses to cancer. The program is the first of its kind in the United States and currently runs a monthly support group for fathers in NC with the aim of helping to create other support groups around the country. Regardless of location, fathers can access the organization via their website at www.singlefathersduetocancer.org, which offers support, information, and resources for fathers as they work through their grief while learning how to be a single parent to a grieving child.

Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C is bringing together the best and the brightest researchers and encouraging collaboration instead of competition among the entire cancer community. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C creates awareness and builds broad public support for this effort.

For Young Adults & Children

Camp Erin, created and funded by The Moyer Foundation, is the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Camp Mariposa is a first-of-its-kind program designed to help meet the needs of children and teens facing the difficult challenges associated with an addicted or co-dependent family member.

Experience Camps are free, one-week camps in Maine, New York and California for boys and girls who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Through camp activities and facilitated bereavement support, campers are able to open up, share their stories, and be with other kids who “get it”, while having the time of their lives just being kids.

Kids Konnected was developed on the premise that when a parent gets cancer, the entire family is affected and the needs of the children must be addressed. The mission of Kids Konnected is to provide friendship, understanding, education and support for kids and teens who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent with cancer. We offer monthly support groups lead by professional therapists in 6 California locations, summer camps, youth leadership training, bereavement workshops, and care packages sent nationwide to newly diagnosed families.

Stupid Cancer, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the dominant healthcare brand for millions affected by young adult cancer. Our innovative and award-winning services serve as a bullhorn to propel the young adult cancer movement forward and our charter is to ensure that no one affected by young adult cancer go unaware of the age-appropriate support resources they are entitled to so they can get busy living.

Walk With Sally is dedicated to providing free mentoring support programs and services to the children of parents, guardians or siblings who have cancer or have succumbed to cancer- one child at a time, one heart at a time. Our programs include group Friendship Activities, Heart to Home art therapy, Hope for the Holidays gifts, Molly’s Corner for books about grief, Junior Mentor Program, Fred’s Future Young Leaders Scholarship for higher education, and Temporary Family Support Program.

The Children’s Treehouse Foundation provides psychosocial intervention through its CLIMB program (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery). The CLIMB program is offered for children affected by a parent’s cancer in hospitals and cancer centers throughout the United States. The standardized program, delivered by trained mental health professionals, helps children understand and cope with their parents’ illness and helps parents communicate with their children.

Family Lives On supports the lifelong emotional well-being of children whose mother or father has died. We make it possible for children and teens to continue activities or celebrate traditions they used to celebrate with their mom or dad. This video shows how – Stimulating the Five Senses – The Tradition Program. Available anywhere in the United States, Family Lives On serves all children & teens ages 3-18, regardless of race, gender, religion, socioeconomic status or cause of parent’s death.

National Students of AMF

The National Students of AMF (deceased or “Ailing Mothers, Fathers,” or loved ones) Support Network is dedicated to supporting college students coping with the illness or death of a loved one and empowering all college students to fight back against terminal illness.

Telling Kids About Cancer

Telling children about a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for any parent. This new website will support you every step of the way. Telling Kids About Cancer features step-by-step guidance to help you: Prepare for the conversation, talk with your child, follow-up with your child and create a conversation guide for the talk.

The Truth About Cancer educates children about cancer in a very honest, light-hearted, and inspiring way. It speaks to children about what cancer is, how it is treated, and the effect it can have on someone’s life. After reading this book, it is the author's hope that children will no longer be afraid of cancer and come to have a better understanding of it.