A little over two years ago, I was a freshman, here, at the University of Georgia, and was scrambling to find something to get involved with. I first heard about Camp Kesem through the founding members, Honey and Goose. I was a tad hesitant to get involved at first, because it was its first year and I would have never considered myself a “camp person”, but I decided to go for it and never looked back.
Little did I know that just over four months later, I would be asked to step up as an executive member and loved it so much that I have been blessed to serve as the Fundraising Coordinator for the past two years.
There are over 3 million kids affected by a parent's cancer in the United States alone. Because they don't appear sick, their needs are often not addressed-- they suffer quietly, which can have long-lasting effects.
Camp Kesem is a student-run, FREE summer camp for kids whose parents have or have had cancer. Everyone at Camp Kesem UGA is proud to be a part of this growing national organization and honored to bring the life-changing benefits of Camp Kesem to children and families in the Athens/Atlanta area.
For many children, Camp Kesem is the only place where they can connect with peers who understand the experience of having a parent with cancer. Although we do offer some help at camp (a therapist, cabin chats at night and an empowerment activity), the main goal is for the kids to have a break from life’s challenges and just HAVE FUN!
It was so wonderful to see how all of our hard work and your contributions came together and made such a meaningful camp experience over the past two summers. Please consider donating to Camp Kesem UGA for our 2014 camp. Every single dollar we raise goes directly towards creating a life-changing week for 75 campers. Your donation is appreciated more than you know.
CLAM (Camp Love and Mine),
Callie “Jaws” Abernathy