Vote for UT to become Camp Kesem chapter

January 30, 2019 | UToday



One ambitious student is campaigning to make The University of Toledo the newest chapter in a nationwide organization dedicated to a noble cause.

Jade McDaniel, a third-year UT student, is organizing a campaign for a Camp Kesem chapter at the University.

Camp Kesem strives to support children ages 6 to 18 whose parents have or have had cancer by hosting a free weeklong summer camp.

The University of Toledo is one of 12 finalists in the organization’s national chapter expansion campaign.

“I first learned about Camp Kesem a few months ago during a meeting with several cancer genetic counselors,” McDaniel said. “They told me all about Camp Kesem and how the closest chapter was at the University of Michigan, so they have many kids of their patients who would like to attend each year, but they can’t because of the distance. I decided to take the steps to start a chapter here at UT.”

The camp is an opportunity for these children to take a break from all of the challenges they face on a daily basis. It also gives the kids an opportunity to be with peers who understand what they’re going through.

The camp is organized by college students through the chapters at their universities. There are more than 100 chapters across the nation.

To make the UT chapter a reality, the campus community is asked to vote through Friday, Feb. 1. The universities with the most votes will become the newest Camp Kesem chapters.

Anyone can vote daily on the Camp Kesem website.