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 the University of Georgia was founded in 2011 and supports children in the Greater Athens/Atlanta community by providing two week-long sessions of summer camp and year-long peer support to families affected by cancer. Camp Kesem at the University of Georgia is operated by 186 student volunteers, managed by an Executive Board of 20 students, and will serve 120 kids in the summer of 2017.
From a small campus organization created by a grant from the Livestrong foundation, Camp Kesem at the University of Georgia has grown exponentially in the number of children served each year and the number of volunteers engaged in our work. Our mission of supporting children through and beyond a parent’s cancer has transformed the lives of all involved, and we hope to continue making magic for an often overlooked population of children.