Spotlight January: Rosy Gomez and Kimberly Schauder
From Rosy Gomez and Kimberly Schauder comes this month’s spotlight on Camp Kesem. Emory provides a free, week-long summer camp in Georgia for kids whose parents have or had cancer. It was founded in 2007 under the national Camp Kesem organization that was established in 2000 and has grown to 24 campuses across the country. “Kesem” means “magic” so the mission of Camp Kesem is to bring magic to families coping with cancer. At the same time, Camp Kesem provides an opportunity for students to learn leadership skills and work as a team striving to make the program successful. Camp Kesem Emory is a completely student run organization and is currently planning for its third year of camp. After two successful camps (summer 2009 and 2010), the Emory student group is dedicated to expanding the program and reaching out to more families coping with cancer. Throughout the year, Camp Kesem Emory puts on various fundraisers, holds reunions for past families, and raises awareness about the organization throughout the Emory and Atlanta community. For more information, visit the website at www.campkesem.org/emory.