Welcome Friends of
Camp Kesem Stony Brook!
What is Camp Kesem?
There are almost 3 million children that live with a parent affected by cancer and even more who’ve lost a parent to it. These “invisible victims” are severely under-served and often suffer quietly. They have to tackle feelings of isolation, low self-esteem, and depression that lead to developmental, social, and academic roadblocks. Camp Kesem’s mission is to provide these children with a supportive, lifelong camp community that recognizes and understands their unique needs.
We’re excited! How about you?
Camp Kesem Stony Brook has been made possible thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Livestrong Community Impact Project, a program that is responsible for establishing 10 new Camp Kesem chapters across the nation. Even though this will be our maiden year, that doesn’t make us any less enthusiastic to support and embrace children affected in the Long Island area and bring some “kesem” into their lives.
What does Kesem mean though?
Strictly speaking, Kesem means magic in Hebrew, but to us kesem has evolved into the ability to change a life, an agent of growth, and the unique power that transforms kids into Camp Kesem Campers. We don't want Camp Kesem to be an ordinary one-week camp that kids quickly forget about, but to be an experience and transformation that both camper and counselor will never forget and to establish a unique community that will last forever.
We need all the help we can get!
Our goal is to send as many campers as possible to a life-changing week at Camp Kesem at absolutely no cost to them. For our first year, we have an estimated budget of $30,000. Even with our Livestrong grant, this still leaves $20,000 to fundraise and a lot of work to be done. That’s where you come in though! You can make a donation today or even start your own fundraising campaign and become a Friend of Camp Kesem Stony Brook. Every donation, no matter how large or small, will make a difference in the lives of these children. Together we can make Camp Kesem Stony Brook a reality and a huge success!
If you want to find out more about CK Stony Brook or the organization as a whole, please visit us at www.campkesem.org/stonybrook