Hello fellow Magical Banana Slugs! We have officially raised $30,000–our goal for UC Santa Cruz’s first Camp Kesem chapter!! Thanks to everyone that has helped!! We could not have done it without the dedication, support, & love of everyone involved and donated for this organization! We are all so proud to be a part of this ‪#‎cklove‬ with my ‪#‎ckfam‬ & fellow slugs! We’re making history as the first MAGICAL BANANA SLUGS!‪#‎startedfromthebottom‬ ‪#‎8months‬ ‪#‎30000dollaz‬ ‪#‎nowwerehere‬





Upcoming Events:

  • Bagel Sales every Tuesday at Science and Engineering


  • May 7th, 2014: Delete Blood Cancer Drive at UC Santa Cruz from 11:00am-2:00pm


  • May 29th, 2014: New Leaf Community Day


  • May 30th, 2014: Space Jam Dance at the Cowell Stevenson Dining Hall

Featured Events

Susan’s Magic Makers 2014

Posted on: 05-08-14

DSC_5636Camp Kesem cordially invites you to our 3rd Annual Susan’s Magic Makers on September 20, 2014 in Santa Monica, CA!  Join us for an evening of philanthropy and campfire coziness on the Santa Monica beach.  Inspired by the example of Susan Nelson Fleiss and honoring the Holt Brothers Foundation, this event honors visionaries who have turned the tragedy of cancer diagnosis into triumph and are bettering the lives of those affected by cancer. All proceeds benefit the Susan Nelson Fleiss Memorial Fund at Camp Kesem, ensuring the organization’s ability to bring Camp Kesem programming to more of the 3 million children affected by a parent’s cancer.

To purchase tickets or to make a donation in lieu of attending, please click here.

For more information and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit


550 Relay!

Posted on: 12-18-13

550LOGO (1)550 Relay
June 21st – 25th, 2014

11 runners from all 50 states will participate in the largest marathon relay ever attempted – 5 Days, 50 States, 550 Runners. 150 marathons a day for 4 days in a row. 14,410 miles and a goal of $2.5 million to help those in their battle with cancer. This year, the 550 Relay will benefit both the LIVESTRONG Foundation and Camp Kesem! To sign up as a captain, runner, or intern, please visit

Below please find a list of our individual chapter events that we invite you to join us at!

Camp Kesem Share the Magic
You provide the location, food, drinks and friends… we provide the parent, camper, and student speakers to share the Kesem “magic” with those close to you. The Share the Magic Kit is available here for download, then contact us to plan your event:

Our sincerest thanks to our Camp Kesem supporters who have hosted a Share the Magic and the student leaders and camper families who have made them so special by attending and sharing their Camp Kesem stories.