Camp Kesem VCU
What is Kesem?
Kesem (n.): magic; the ability to change a life; an agent of growth; the unique power that transforms kids into Camp Kesem Campers
An astounding 3 million kids in the United States are devastated by a parent’s cancer. As the rate of cancer continues to grow in the United States, more and more children are affected. Needless to say, losing a parent to cancer at such a tender age is a life changing event and will impact these kids for years to come. These children are the invisible victims of cancer. Our goal is to provide an environment for these children to share their experience, support each other, have fun, and just be kids again.
Our chapter at VCU was founded through the 2013 Livestrong Community Impact Project. A group of students made this happen by inspiring their peers to vote, making VCU one of 12 Livestrong funded Camp Kesem chapters. We were awarded a $10,000 matching grant for our school. Camp Kesem is free of charge for our campers so all of the money we raise throughout the year, goes towards funding camp for the coming summer.
This summer we will be holding our inagural camp at Camp Horizons. It's an amazing and beautiful camp in Harrisonburg, VA. This summer we plan on hosting 30 campers from August 11-15. In order to hold camp this year, we have set a $30,000 fundraising goal.
We are thankful and blessed to be given the opportunity to be apart of the Camp Kesem family and participate in an amazing organization with such profound impacts on the lives of all who are involved. For more about Camp Kesem at VCU please visit us at:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
" - Margaret Mead