Camp for kids impacted by parents with cancer

Published: Jul. 30, 2017 at 7:04 PM EDT
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Camp Kesem is a free camp for children whose parents have cancer. The camp is calling Fincastle home for the first time.

Students from Virginia Commonwealth University will host more than 30 kids. The campers will enjoy the outdoors and fun activities during Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem reports more than 5-million kids have a parent with cancer, forcing them to face adult problems at a young age.

"They come here to camp and realize and they are not alone, they talk about it a little bit more and find like minded people who help them get out of their shell, " said Devin Peregoy of Camp Kesem.

"It's something that makes you feel good when you see camper be able to say things that they weren't able to say, and address things they never felt like, and build relationships, and be happier, " said Jaylen Culp of Camp Kesem.

The camp is a week, and the organizers say they often have returning campers.