Our Mission + Vision

5 million children are coping with a
parent's cancer diagnosis.

That’s 5 million children at risk of experiencing increased anxiety, emotional isolation, loss of social interest, and/or feelings of hopelessness. And that’s why, at Kesem, we are committed to creating a world where every child who has a parent with a cancer diagnosis or has lost a parent to cancer is never alone. We support these children through and beyond their parent’s cancer with free, fun-filled creative programs and a lasting community.

Core Values that
Guide Our Work

At Kesem, a set of shared values guide our work and how we conduct ourselves every day.

We are optimistic.
We leave a lasting and positive impact.
We empower others.
We care deeply about the work we do.
We are grateful.
camp kesem campers swim at week long summer camp

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Kesem’s mission of supporting children through and beyond a parent’s cancer, and our vision of ensuring that every child impacted by a parent’s cancer is never alone, can only be realized through an ongoing, steadfast commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in every part of our organization.

To that end, Kesem makes the following commitments:

  • To continually expand the communities we support and work with - our camper families, volunteers, staff, alumni, partners, donors, and boards - with attention to engaging communities we are not currently reaching.
  • To strive for equity in delivering a transformative, fun, and empowering community that recognizes and embraces our differences.
  • To aspire to create shared spaces that are safe for every member of the Kesem community to feel valued and respected.
  • Kesem will engage in continued meaningful learning in order to better support our mission, and our growing Kesem community. To learn more about Kesem’s DEI work, visit our DEI Actions and Initiatives.
Camp Kesem has been magical for our daughter and family, providing support beyond what we could have imagined and really lifting our daughter up when she needed it. It's an incredible program that we are very grateful for!"
—kesem parent