Camp Kesem National Competes in Pepsi Refresh Project & Continues To Provide Free Overnight Summer Camp to Children of Cancer Families
Online PR News – 12-May-2010 – – Just a few months ago, Camp Kesem National was awarded a total of $125,000 through the Chase Community Giving Program and received the single largest donation the organization has ever seen in its ten years of existence. And it is no wonder why they were hand picked as 1 of only 6 charities to receive the highest grant amount awarded by the Chase Advisory Board as Camp Kesem (a non-profit organization) offers an amazing program year after year: free overnight summer camp to children who have or had a parent with cancer.
With almost 2 millions cancer cases each year in the United States, there are numerous organizations supporting cancer victims but there is very little support in place for the children of cancer patients who are heavily affected with cancer trauma and who simply miss out on the simple joys of childhood. Camp Kesem is a solution that has been expanding with a magnitude of strength since 2000 and is continuing to receive backing to serve an often overlooked population that have few or no support services available to them. Bill Held, parent of 2 Camp Kesem campers says, "Camp Kesem is one of the best things that has ever happened to my kids. There is no other program like this that I know of. More than anything, it lets them know that there are other people in similar situations, and that they aren't alone. Camp Kesem was an absolute Godsend for our kids."
What started as a single camp through Stanford University has now spread to 23 different universities nationwide including UCLA, Duke, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, BYU and MIT just to name a few. Founded by Iris Rave and the efforts of four other undergraduate students while attending Stanford University ten years ago is a thriving organization where children ages 6-13 and teens 14-16 regardless of race, religion, nationality and financial status have a place to be and the opportunity to just have fun while in a cancer aware environment.
The beauty doesn’t end there. Perhaps one of the most inspiring elements of Camp Kesem is that all the camps are operated and maintained by full time undergraduate college students who volunteer their time year round toward successful fundraising and program planning for the benefit of their local community. These are tomorrow’s leaders serving the special needs of children of cancer patients, while creating camps, managing a budget, marketing, recruiting and training counselors.
Now going strong into the Pepsi Refresh Project and with another possible win under their belt, each of the 23 camps will be awarded $10,000 toward their program, new camps will be launched and over 1,500 kids can go for a week of free overnight summer camp in 14 different states. To empower Camp Kesem in the Pepsi Refresh Project, please visit www.clickforkesem.org where you can cast your vote instantly and vote everyday through May 31, 2010. To see some of the magic of Camp Kesem, please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h62NYUPcUSE&feature=related.