Camp Offers Fun, Support for Kids of Adults with Cancer


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With literally more than a million cancer cases a year in the U.S., the special emotional needs of children of adult cancer patients are sometimes overlooked.

That’s why Camp Kesem, a national nonprofit program, created a college-student-run summer camp for kids with a parent who has or has had cancer.

The one-week camps give kids ages 6-13 a chance to have a fun-filled week and “just be kids” and get extra attention and support, according the group’s website.

Since 2001, Camp Kesem has grown from a single camp to 37 active chapters in 22 states.

Camp Kesem Berkeley (Calif.), for example, supports children in the Greater Bay Area and Tri-Valley area by putting on a completely free week-long overnight summer camp for children and teens (ages 6-16) who have a parent that either has or had cancer or has passed away from cancer. The group buses from Berkeley to the Santa Cruz mountains for activities such as kayaking, drama programs, arts and crafts, cooking and science, archery, rock-climbing, and more.

Check out this video about the camp. Applications and more information are currently available at the Camp Kesem Berkeley website or the national organization’s website.

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