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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 larger Sacramento community by providing two sessions of week-long summer camps, as well as year-long peer support. Camp Kesem at UC Davis is operated by 70 student volunteers and serves 180 campers ages 6-18.
This coming year Camp Kesem at UC Davis has a fundraising goal of $150,000 to enable us to send 200+ kids to camp!