WHAT WE DO

Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Kesem is the largest national organization dedicated to supporting children impacted by a parent’s cancer, at no cost to families. Our innovative and fun-filled programs provide children with peers who understand their unique needs, and create long-lasting impact.

Over 5+ million children have been impacted by a parent's cancer.

In 2018, Kesem served nearly 9,000 children.

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How we do it

The true power of Kesem comes from empowering passionate college student volunteers to become leaders in their own local communities. We are proud to continually invest in training, support, and leadership development opportunities for our student leaders, as they prepare to provide life-changing experiences for our families nationwide.

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These kids make me want to be a better person. Every time I go to wake them up and every time I get a high-five from a little seven-year-old, I just want to be the person they think I am. I want to be that positive light – in the rest of my life and not just at Camp Kesem. I want to take the Camp Kesem spirit with me wherever I go.
- Kesem Student Leader
The Kesem family is special to me because it's a group of people who make each other stronger. They all know what it feels like when cancer has touched their heart and they know that even though cancer makes you weak – if you have people surrounding you who love and care about you – it can make you stronger.
- Kesem Camper
This program was a huge step in our family’s healing process. At home, everyone is trying to be strong for each other so things go unsaid. Camp Kesem offers children a place where they can open up about the feelings, cry together, support each other, and most importantly they have fun together. They learn that they are not alone. I’m so grateful I was told about Camp Kesem.- Kesem Parent

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