Fundraiser April 9 to Benefit Free Camp for Children Impacted by a Parent’s Cancer

March 25, 2022 | Events, News, UToday, Alumni
By Christine Billau

The UToledo chapter of Camp Kesem is hosting a fundraiser titled “Make the Magic” to benefit the free summer camp that supports children whose parents have or have had cancer.

Guests will hear directly from families how the student-run organization has changed their lives in the face of a parent’s diagnosis 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Premier, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd.

The deadline to buy gala tickets is Sunday, March 27.

“So many times, these children feel that they are handling the burden of a parent’s cancer all on their own,” said Aru Goel, director of the UToledo chapter of Camp Kesem and senior studying biology and public health. “Through a one-week camp summer camp and year-round support, we provide a community for children and counselors who have faced similar battles. At Camp Kesem, we want to make sure no child ever feels alone. When they are with us, they can let go of being a kid affected by a parent’s cancer and just be a kid.”

Tickets cost $60 each, $110 for two and $420 for a table of eight.

Admission includes cocktail hour, dinner, dessert and drinks.

You can purchase tickets or make a donation at the Camp Kesem website.

“Our goal is to serve 30 kids and raise $30,000 to support them year-round,” Goel said.

Camp Kesem has 130 chapters in 44 states.

If you know someone who can benefit from Camp Kesem’s services, email

Click to access the login or register cheese