Nearly three million children live with a parent who has cancer and many more have lost a parent to cancer. This summer, Camp Kesem will provide life-changing summer camp experiences for over 2,000 children by empowering 1,500 college student leaders at 41 chapters across the country.

We are proud to announce that YMCA Camp Ockanickon has partnered with the Camp Kesem – Columbia University chapter to provide 50 children whose parents have or have had cancer with a summer camp experience. This experience is provided for children at no cost to individual families and provides children affected by a parent’s cancer with a supportive, lifelong camp community that recognizes and understands their unique needs.

Camp Kesem gives kids the chance to be kids and plans a full week of engaging camp activities. There are plenty of laughs and emotional support, but Camp Kesem does not provide therapy. It is simply a chance for kids have as much fun as possible and connect with friends to last a lifetime.

This summer, YMCA Camp Ockanickon and Camp Kesem Columbia will come together among the pines of Camp Matollionequay for one full week dedicated to giving these campers a transformative camp experience. The YMCA Camp Ockanickon team will provide healthy meals, fun activities, and guidance as Camp Kesem and their student leaders channel their passion for making a difference by creating an enjoyable and unforgettable experience for these deserving campers.

Click here to support YMCA Camp Ockanickon and Camp Kesem Columbia this summer.

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