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
Cancer and CareersCancer 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thriveosity is a much needed subscription-based gift service for someone touched by a cancer diagnosis. A ThriveBox will help them manage side effects of treatment, foster recovery and heal their soul while providing loved ones with insight on what will be beneficial to their loved ones as they face cancer. Thriveosity was launched by Dr. Ritu Trivedi-Purohit, a clinical psychologist working with people impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Thriveosity offers three subscription plans—one month, three months, and six months. The longer-term subscriptions are a perfect solution for friends and family who want to collectively show their support. From well-loved essentials to emerging brands, each package contains carefully hand-selected products designed to support the recipient’s journey toward recovery and thrivership. Boxes are available for men, women, caregivers, teens, boys, and girls. A portion of every single box sold will be donated to stand-out organizations in order to help them impact contribution to research, patient education, and advocacy.
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. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support providing a unique opportunity for youth to increase levels of hope, enhance self-esteem, and especially to learn that they are not alone.
The Moyer Foundation Provides Comfort, Hope and Healing to Children and Families Affected by Grief and Addiction through its two signature camp programs: Camp Erin (above) and Camp Mariposa. Their newest Initiative, The Moyer Foundation Resource Center, is a user-friendly, comprehensive online library of resources that provides the tools to navigate some of life’s most challenging experiences.
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.