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Our mission is two-fold:
- To provide children affected by a parent’s cancer with a supportive, lifelong camp community that recognizes and understands their unique needs.
- To empower college students to make a difference and build invaluable leadership skills by developing and managing every aspect of their Camp Kesem chapter.
Camp Kesem empowers college student leaders nationwide to create free, life-changing summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer.
There are 1.7 million cancer cases a year in the United States that affect individuals and their families. The support is there for grown-ups; but the special emotional needs of children of adult cancer patients have been overlooked. Simply put: kids are often left to deal with these personal tragedies on their own; and if parents themselves are struggling with illness, their sons and daughters frequently miss the simple joys of childhood.
Camp Kesem Vanderbilt provides a free, week-long, overnight summer camp for children aged 6-13 whose parents have or have had cancer.
The first Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt will be held July 22-27, 2012 at NaCoMe Camp and Conference Center in Pleasantville, TN.
Camp Kesem is a Livestrong Community Partner.
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