In addition to our summer camp programs we hope to help our camper families by providing the following resources!
Camp Kesem Partner Organizations
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
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 CancerKnowCancer.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.
Friends of Mel FoundationIt 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.
LIVESTRONG at the YMCALIVESTRONG 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
Stand Up To CancerStand 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
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.
National Students of AMFThe 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 CancerTelling 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.