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“Kids with parents who are cancer patients have their lives turned upside down. The family structure and routine are disrupted by the demands of the illness and treatment. Camp Kesem will provide these children with a safe place to be kids again and have fun, a network of other kids in the same boat with whom to share thoughts and feelings, and a community of adults to provide needed attention and to boost their self esteem. Attending camp will lessen their feelings of isolation and vulnerability, and allow them to process their anger, guilt and fear. The very special friendships begun at camp will last well beyond the week, providing needed peer support and encouragement.”
- Dr. Michael Amylon, Pediatric Oncologist, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and member of Camp Kesem National Advisory Committee

How You Can Help

Camp Kesem UCSD is provided free-of-charge to all attendees, and donations are absolutely necessary to make this possible. We currently need to raise $75,000 by the end of May in order to create the magical week of Camp Kesem.  Donations are tax deductible and a tax code will be provided.

$20 will feed a camper for a day
$50 will pay for an afternoon of canoeing
$100 will buy one hour of ropes course for the campers
$500 will cover the expenses for a camper for the week
Service and supply donations are also appreciated.


Financial Donations
To make a donation by personal check, please mail the check to:

Camp Kesem UCSD
9500 Gilman Dr. MC0078
La Jolla, CA 92093

Online Donations
To make a donation by credit card, please donate online.

View our 2014 Camp Wishlist (PDF) (2015 wishlist coming soon.)
To make a donation of any of these items or services, please contact

“The Camp Kesem UCSD program is providing an absolutely wonderful gift to the children of cancer patients. Camp Kesem enables these children to focus on the magic, fun, and wonderous adventures childhood should be. Congratulations for a truly inspiring project.”
- Kim Fields, Senior Assistant, Rheumatology Marketing, Biogen IDEC