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Camp Kesem helps kids with a parent touched by cancer

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) -  How often does a child pound the table while eating and no one complains? Well that`s normal at Camp Kesem, a sleep over camp for kids age 6 to 16.

Summer is supposed to be stress free for kids. Camp Kesem offers the right prescription to magically transform the lives of over 3 million children nationwide with a parent who has been touched by cancer.

The people who create all of this excitement are students of St. Louis University.  They make up the local chapter of Kesem, a national student run non -profit organization with 80 chapters in 38 states.

Before Cabin Chat and Lights Out they keep it fun with activities like “Messy Olympics".  Messy Olympics is a competition that  includes stuff that makes a huge mess, using ingredients like maple syrup, flour, watermelons, vaseline and shaving cream to name a few.

Camp counselor Austin explains, “We want these kids to have a childhood for a little bit longer and we want to bring that magic into their lives.”

Kesem, the Hebrew word for magic, reflects the camp's commitment to providing supportive, innovative and fun filled programs.

This awesome experience is free for every camper.  Applications for enrollment are available this January. Thanks to The St. Louis Men's Group Against Cancer for providing assistance with raising funds. For more information about Camp Kesem or SLMAC visit