CAMP KEMO is a one week summer camp for children with cancer, ages 5–18 and their siblings.
Linda Wells, a pediatric nurse, and Frances Friedman, a Child Life Specialist, founded Camp KEMO together in 1980. It began as a day camp for children with cancer and served 45 children. Due to this success, the first weeklong overnight camp was held in August 1981. Our overnight camp has continued ever since with an increasing number of participants each year, serving roughly 120 campers each summer. Due to its success, Camp KEMO began to expand into other programs to include Lasting Impressions, the Toy Box and many more.
While summer camp is the largest program Camp KEMO Programs provides, it is only one of many. Throughout the year, children with cancer and blood disorders and their families benefit from Camp KEMO Programs through a variety of psychosocial programs, including family camp weekends and picnics, GRACE dinners, teen retreats and activities, sibling events, as well as educational and support programs.