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Children experiencing a parent’s cancer are also commonly experiencing any or all of the following challenges: increased anxiety, emotional isolation, loss of social interest, or feelings of hopelessness. Kesem sees the importance of supporting these children—offering to counterbalance these challenges with free, fun-filled creative programs and a lasting community.

“Sandstorm” was nervous walking up to the Camp Kesem registration table for the first time. Like many first-year campers, there are a lot more questions than answers when learning of a parent’s cancer diagnosis. “I remember Googling ‘is magic real?’,” she recalls from the time. It was through the impact of Kesem’s community, specifically a quickly-found lifelong friend in “Fish,” that helped her answer her own question: Yes.

“Kesem led me to my best friend and it has also taught me how to be a friend. I learned how it felt to be loved for everything I was and for everything I wanted to be. At camp, I could love fully without holding back and it wouldn’t be too much. I was enough. This instilled a sense of confidence in me that I was able to bring to my community and use to step out of my comfort zone and become a leader.”


At Kesem, we are the only national organization committed to creating a world where Sandstorm, Fish, and every child who has a parent with a cancer diagnosis or has lost a parent to cancer is never alone.

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98%

98% OF PARENTS WOULD RECOMMEND KESEM TO OTHER FAMILIES IMPACTED BY CANCER

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86%

86% AGREE THEIR CHILD SEEMS MORE CONFIDENT IN THEIR ABILITY TO ADDRESS THEIR CANCER EXPERIENCE AFTER KESEM

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99%

99% OF PARENTS FEEL THEIR CHILD BENEFITTED FROM ATTENDING CAMP KESEM

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96%

96% OF PARENTS INTEND TO SEND THEIR CHILD BACK TO CAMP KESEM EACH YEAR

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What is Giving Tuesday?

#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 through a partnership of New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation. The goal of this partnership was to find a way for the world to give back following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. More information about #GivingTuesday can be found at givingtuesday.org.

Thanks to our generous supporters across the country, Kesem has raised over $5 million as part of #GivingTuesday since 2013.

Questions?

Contact givingtuesday@kesem.org with any Giving Tuesday-related questions or requests.