Kesem (n.): magic; the ability to change a life; an agent of growth; the unique power that transformes kids into Camp Kesem campers
Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, supporting children through and beyond their parent’s cancer.
With 1.7 million cancer cases a year in the United States, there are more than 3 million kids affected by a parent’s cancer and Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces this often-overlooked population of children. Because they don’t appear sick, their needs are often over looked and they suffer quietly, leading to academic, social, emotional, and developmental problems.
Camp Kesem helps these children by empowering student leaders from across the nation to plan free summer camps for kids affected by their parent's cancer. We give them the opportunity to let go of their adult-sized worries to just enjoy being a kid for one week in the summer while holding reunions throughout the year to support our camper families.
Last summer was CKVCU's very first year being a part of Camp Kesem. We effectively raised $23,000 and held a five-day-long camp with 28 incredible campers. This year we have a goal of more than double what we raised last year at $50,000 to pay for a seven-day-long camp with 50 incredible campers at Camp Brethren Woods in Harrisonburg, VA August 9-15.