We're excited to launch a permanent collection of stories for our community to share.
One thing is for sure—there is nothing quite like the positive impact that a summer of Camp Kesem leaves on every member of our community. Read below for some of the incredible testimonies of various members of Kesem and how much being back at camp this summer (and beyond) has meant to them.
KESEM COUNSELOR: "I think it's hard to put into words the impact that Kesem has had on me…Without Kesem, I wouldn't have had all of these opportunities to grow as a person and a leader. I found myself through Kesem and more importantly, I found the person I want to continue to be. “Mushu” is my best self and I strive to bring Mushu to every situation I encounter. I can't thank Kesem enough for giving me the confidence to be the person I am today. I wrote my medical school admissions essay about why I Kesem and how that ultimately solidified my decision to pursue medicine. I cannot thank this organization, each and every one of you at CKN, for giving me the opportunity to have this life-changing experience. You make magic for our campers and each and every person that joins our community. I will love Kesem dearly for the rest of my life."
KESEM PARENT: “I cannot even express how wonderful this program is. We've been a part of it since 2020 but this was our first year of in person camp and my children found so much JOY at Kesem. I have dealt with cancer since I was diagnosed while pregnant with my youngest—my kids only know a mom with cancer. For them to find this group with cancer as a common factor—but takes it and changes the narrative and only brings them joy—is truly priceless. We are so thankful for this program, for the student leaders and counselors, and everyone who makes this so magical for the kids.”
KESEM CAMPER: “Hi Kesem, I wanted to say how grateful I am for such a strong and supportive program that you have created. I go to [Kesem Chapter] and this week was the best week of my life. I have been multiple times and every time I go I am able to enjoy life, be a kid, and also process my feelings with kids who have gone through the same thing as me. You guys give me hope and make me feel like I can get through anything. My brothers and I have been going for 7 years… And soon I will get to be a counselor and help kids who go through this program. I know Kesem will always be a second home to me and I have never felt safer being there. I hope you guys know that you truly have helped me in life and I will always be grateful for you.”