Camp Kesem for Kids Impacted by Cancer

Camp Kesem

Grant: $25,000

Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that support children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. A program of Kesem, Camp Kesem operates free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer. In 2018, Kesem is expanding their reach in Southern California to include chapters at Chapman University, Pepperdine University, and Loyola Marymount University, and chapters at UCLA and UC San Diego will continue to provide two weeks of free summer camp to effectively double their service reach. While every child experiences a parent’s cancer journey uniquely - regardless of if the parent dies, survives, or is currently undergoing treatment –the transformative Kesem experience helps address the often common and significant effects the child may face, including isolation from peers, negative academic performance, loss of social interest, and taking on adult responsibilities at home. Kesem is a life-changing experience resulting in improved self-esteem, enhanced coping skills, increased self-confidence, and stronger emotional intelligence.  

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