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To support children through and beyond their parent's cancer with innovative, fun-filled programs that foster a lasting community.

To ensure that every child touched by a parent's cancer is never alone.

Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. A program of Kesem, Camp Kesem operates over 70 free summer camps in 34 states for children ages 6 to 16 who have been touched by a parent’s cancer. This camping experience has a lasting impact on children by providing them a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills. In 2015, Camp Kesem served over 5,000 children coast-to-coast - all funded by generous donations from individuals and corporate support.

Our History

Camp Kesem at Rice was founded in 2013 and supports children in the Houston community by providing a week-long summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem at Rice is operated by 80 student volunteers and serves 80 campers ages 6-16 per year.
In the Spring of 2013, Camp Kesem Rice was chosen for a $10,000 matching grant by Camp Kesem and the Livestrong Foundation due to the great need for Camp Kesem in the greater Houston area as well as the demonstrated passion Rice students showed for the cause. With Houston as the home of the world's largest medical center and as the fourth-most-populated city in the US, Camp Kesem is an essential service for the community.


Contact Us: rice@campkesem.org | 385-985-3736 | 6100 Main St, Houston, Texas 77005