There’s a generosity of spirit that radiates and reflects off of everyone in the Kesem community.

Founded in 2000, 5 young leaders were inspired by their own personal experiences to create a unique space to bring together and support children impacted by a parent's cancer. Soon other young leaders across the country, sparked by what our founders created, committed to bring this mission to their communities. Today, more than 6,500 student leaders are helping to transform the lives of more than 12,000 children across the country - creating spaces, experiences, and services that ensure every child we touch can navigate the realities of a parent's cancer diagnosis while feeling safe, loved and respected.

We're grateful to be a part of the stories of the children we serve. Privileged for the role we've played in their journey. Proud of how we’ve all taken this special experience to positively shape our lives and impact others we touch. Yet, we know there are many more kids who have parental cancer as a centerpiece of their story. We know we can reach and help to rewrite those stories too.

What does it feel like to share your story? What if you saw it reflected back in the faces of those you told?  How will you share your shine today?

Kesem at 20. Shine on.

Online Activations

As we continue to celebrate Kesem’s 20th anniversary year, we’re kicking off a series of online activations. Over the coming months, there will be a myriad of fun opportunities to engage with the SHINE ON campaign. Check out what we have going on below and come back often for new information.
In celebration of Giving Tuesday and Kesem’s milestone 20th anniversary, we are excited to share our Shine On Tin Can Punch craft. Community members are encouraged to use our custom templates Or get creative making their own Kesem keepsake “lanterns” from tin cans, a fun and meaningful reminder that no matter the darkness we may face, the Kesem light will always shine.

Click here to view or download the Instructions and get ready to share on #GivingTuesday!
Test your Kesem knowledge by completing a series of fun, reminiscent, and sometimes challenging quizzes about all things Kesem! 

Our first quiz is all Kesem Trivia. Take the quiz here and don’t forget to share on social media!
We’re gathering as many Kesem journeys as we can to honor how far we’ve come as a community, and we’d love to include a personal Kesem moment from you. Submissions of personal stories and photos are now closed, but check back at the end of September for the reveal of some classic Kesem memories.
SHINE ON ART CONTEST — Click here to read about the contest!
Kesem is excited to offer a Shine On Art Contest in celebration of our 20th anniversary year. We welcome submissions from the Kesem community, with our selected winner's artwork to be featured and developed into special-edition, anniversary merchandise. Deadline for submissions is November 2nd.