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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.
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! In their third year, they served 79 campers and raised over $70,000!