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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 UC Irvine was founded in 2014 and supports children in the Orange County community by providing a week-long summer camp experience and year-long peer support. Camp Kesem at UC Irvine is operated by 30 student volunteers and serves 60 campers ages 6-18 per year.


Contact Us: ucirvine@campkesem.org | (949) 396-1129 | G308 Student Center Irvine, CA 92603