Posted Online: March 15, 2013, 9:37 pm

Fundraiser helps kids with cancer

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By Anthony Watt, awatt@qconline.com

A little help from the public could help a lot of children of cancer patients go to camp this summer.

"Make the Magic" is a fundraiser to help raise money for Camp Kesem, a free summer camp for children of people with cancer, children of cancer survivors or those who have lost a parent to cancer, Jenna Orabutt, co-chairwoman of Camp Kesem Augustana, an Augustana College organization that holds the camp, says in an email.

Camp Kesem gives the children a week away where they can participate in a variety of camp-style activities, including sports, drama and arts and crafts, according to the Augustana Website. The children also will be involved in "cabin chats" with each other and counselors, so they can share stories.

The first Augustana camp was held in 2012 with 35 children, according to a news release.

The Augustana program is an offshoot of the original Kesem program, which began in 2000 at Stanford University, according to the Augustana website. It's now on 38 college campuses.

The fundraiser will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Figge Art Museum. It will include camp activities, so attendees can see what happens during the summer camp. There will be speakers, food, a cash bar and a silent auction.

"Make the Magic" tickets are $50, and available at Augustana.kintera.org/MakeTheMagic. For more information, email Augustana@campkesem.org or call 630-664-3363.

The organizers are trying to get an additional $15,000 to add to the roughly $30,000 raised, according to the release. That would allow 60 children to attend camp this year.

More about Camp Kesem can be found at campkesem.org/augustana .