Camp Kesem is a university-based summer camp program. College students fundraise and host the camps, free of charge for children with a parent who has, or has had cancer. The program began in 2001 with Stanford University hosting a camp for 37 children affected by cancer. Camp Kesem has since grown through replication to 23 additional universities hosting camps from Los Angeles to Boston and serving over 1,000 children a year.
Through the 2011 Community Impact Project LIVESTRONG will fund the replication of this program at 12 new universities with seed funding of $10,000 per campus.
Students implementing this program will also be trained as LIVESTRONG leaders, becoming representatives of LIVESTRONG and our resources within the local community. Students will have the opportunity to distribute LIVESTRONG resources to local schools, hospitals, cancer centers and community organizations and educate their local cancer community on how we can help.
LIVESTRONG is currently funding the replication of Camp Kesem through working with students at the following universities:
Florida State University
Johns Hopkins University
Southern Utah University
The University of Texas
University of Georgia
University of Oregon
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Missouri
University of Washington-Seattle