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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 Stony Brook University was founded in 2013 and supports children in the Long Island community by providing a week-long summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University is operated by over 50 student volunteers and serves 100 campers ages 6-16 per year.  In the spring of 2013, a group of Stony Brook University student leaders applied for a $10,000 LIVESTRONG grant and a bid for a Camp Kesem charter. Stony Brook was selected through a national online voting competition as the most voted for school in the northeast region. Stony Brook’s first year was very successful as they served 52 campers and raised over $50,000. Their second year continued to show their potential for growth as they served 83 campers and raised over $80,000!


Contact Us: stonybrook@campkesem.org | (631) 716-5131 | Student Activities Center Room 218, Stony Brook, New York, US