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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 UC Davis was founded in 2005 and supports children in the Davis and Sacramento community by providing a two session of week-long summer camps and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem at UC Davis is operated by 60 student volunteers and serves 150 campers ages 6-16 per year. We are expanding our camps every year! Last year, was our first year of holding two weeks of camp and it was a huge success.