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 53 additional universities hosting camps from Los Angeles to Boston and serving over 2,000 children a year.
Through the 2011 Community Impact Project, the Foundation will fund the replication of this program at 12 new universities with seed funding of $10,000 per campus. In 2013 this program was selected for national replication for a second time, with funding offered by the Foundation to launch an additional 12 new chapters nationwide.
Students implementing this program will also be trained as LIVESTRONG Leaders, becoming representatives of the Foundation and our resources within the local community. Students will have the opportunity to distribute Foundation resources to local schools, hospitals, cancer centers and community organizations and educate their local cancer community on how we can help.
The Foundation is proud to partner with Camp Kesem as the program’s largest national funder. Since 2011 the Foundation has invested more than $600,000 into Camp Kesem to assist families affected by cancer. To find a camp near you please visit CampKesem.org.