The Norman Transcript

Headlines

February 22, 2014

Camp Kesem cheers up children of cancer patients

NORMAN — Here, worry takes a backseat, and laughter forms a melodious tune. Here, children can forget the foreign cancer vocabulary, treatment and fear that they are still trying to understand. And here, difficult life experience morphs into emotional understanding and compassion as children realize they are not alone.

The University of Oklahoma chapter of Camp Kesem directors said they hope campers at the week-long, free summer camp embrace being a kid and let go of the weight on their shoulders.

Camp Kesem is a camp for children whose parents have or had cancer. When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, the whole family is affected and Camp Kesem attempts to provide support to children so that no child has to face his or her parent’s cancer alone.

The camp began in 2000 and now has 54 chapters across the U.S. This network of free summer camps is run by college students and is for children ages 6 to 16. Camp Kesem representatives said the camp is a place where magic happens and where kids can be free.

This year’s camp will be from July 6-11 at the Central Christian Camp and Conference Center in Guthrie and is themed CK Olympics. The camp plans on welcoming back its original eight campers while growing to 30 total campers with about 15 counselors. The camp is open to children across the state of Oklahoma.

Ekene Ezenwa, Camp Kesem OU co-director, said OU students do everything to put the camp together including fundraising, public relations, planning camp activities and serving as camp counselors.

“Last year was our first, so it was a lot of work, but it was so nice to see all of that hard work pay off,” Ezenwa said.

During the camp, kids are able to be themselves and not think about the stress at home, Ezenwa said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Body 1 Police identify woman found dead Monday

    Norman police have identified a woman found dead in her home at 2202 Donna Drive Monday afternoon. Police responded at 1:25 p.m. to the residence of Cassandra Thompson, 30, after receiving a report that she had not shown up for work ...

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Residents speak out about document regarding shelter photos

    Norman and metro-area residents showed up in overwhelming numbers, many in red shirts, for an Animal Shelter Oversight Board meeting Monday night demanding for their opinions to be heard....

    July 29, 2014

  • Mixon’s attorney says athlete acted in self-defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense. “This past Friday morning, Joe Mixon found himself in a situation ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Cool snap brings heat relief to Oklahoma, Arkansas

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The dog days of summer are coming in with a whimper. Weather forecasters say a cold front headed for Oklahoma and Arkansas will bring unseasonably cool temperatures and a chance of rain through next week....

    July 29, 2014

  • Be ready for ‘prolonged’ Gaza war, prime minister says

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Signaling an escalation of Israel’s Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a “prolonged” war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to ...

    July 29, 2014

  • FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

    SALT LAKE CITY — The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were ...

    July 29, 2014

  • County moves forward on nursing home bonds

    Cleveland County commissioners on Monday approved a resolution authoring a county trust to issue up to $15 million for a nursing home on the site of the former Whispering Pines nursing home at 501 E. Robinson St....

    July 29, 2014

  • Deal to improve health care costs $17B

    WASHINGTON — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Breast Care Center will relocate to HealthPlex

    The Norman Regional Health System will move its Breast Care Center to the HealthPlex campus, making it more accessible for patients, hospital officials said Monday. At its monthly board meeting, the Norman Regional Hospital Authority ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Little Axe Health Center hosting blood drive

    Norman-area blood donors this summer will not only save lives when they donate with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI), they’ll also get “Feel Cool” T-shirts and two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo....

    July 29, 2014