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U of M camp for kids, Camp Kesem

For kids who have a parent with cancer or lost a parent to cancer

Free summer camp organized by students will be open to all Upper Midwest children.

Students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, have announced that they are continuing to accept camper applications to Camp Kesem-Camp "Magic." Camp Kesem is a week-long overnight summer camp for Upper Midwest children who have a parent who has died from cancer, is currently in treatment for cancer, or is in remission from cancer.

The Camp, developed and organized by students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, will be free for the families participating and staffed entirely by volunteer University of Minnesota Twin Cities students. Counselors will undergo extensive training prior to camp.

Camp Kesem at University of Minnesota Twin Cities will welcome its first 40 campers Monday, Aug. 13, at Camp Koronis. The program is open to all children in the Upper Midwest, ages 6-13. Campers will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. The camp is funded in part by a Community Impact Grant from the Livestrong Foundation, which University of Minnesota Twin Cities was awarded in June, 2011.

The aim of Camp Kesem is to give children who have/had a parent with cancer a safe, supportive and fun camp experience during which they can build friendships and gain strength from peers facing similar challenges.

"Kids with parents who are cancer patients have their lives turned upside down," says Dr. Michael Amylon, pediatric oncologist at Stanford Hospital and member of Camp Kesem-Stanford's Advisory Committee. "Camp Kesem will provide ... a safe place to be kids again and have fun, a network of other kids in the same boat with whom to share thoughts and feelings, and a community of caring adults to provide needed attention and to boost their self esteem," he adds.

Camp Kesem is a project of Camp Kesem National, a non-profit organization, and they are working in partnership. The camp receives 100 percent of its support from individuals, foundations and corporations.

For more information, to obtain camper applications or to make a donation, please contact Mason Lee Boutros, Camp Kesem Camper Care Coordinator, at (605) 940-7419, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .