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On Being Broken & the Gift of Giving: Camp Kesem

We have written a lot about Camp Kesem, and, obviously, we plan to keep doing so. It is a cause close to our heart (and feet—the goal was met!). Camp Kesem is a community of children and those that love them, brought together through the worst of circumstances to experience the best of times. It is driven by passionate college student leaders that support campers whose parents have or had cancer. It is the only national organization offering the kind of program and support that it does. Hence, our loving Camp Kesem and everyone involved with it.

Recently, in Los Angeles, I sat in a beautiful wing of the Skirball Cultural Center and watched as bestselling author Kelly Corrigan lay her broken bits out for all to see, a resolve of tender action and inspiration. A few minutes later Kelly would be sitting at our table, barefoot and smiling, a gentle kindness about her, and we would toast the night, the cause, and all the ways that we all are broken. Then a drum would roll, and the donations would dance in great numbers around it.

A few days ago was Giving Tuesday, an annual day of collective charity and fundraising for countless causes and organizations, and we shared the above video (plus this one) to lend our support to Camp Kesem. The day, to put it mildly, was a huge success, and we are thrilled to announce that Camp Kesem received far more financial support than they ever imagined, which is fitting, because providing more support than could ever be imagined is exactly what they do for the kids that attend their camps. That’s fair.

Thank you for all you do, Camp Kesem. And thanks to everyone that is helping them do it.



Whit HoneaWhit Honea is the co-founder of Dads 4 Change and the Social Media Director for Dad 2.0 Summit. Deemed “the activist dad” by UpWorthy (and one of the “funniest dads on Twitter” by Mashable), he is a regular contributor to The Modern Dads Podcast and author of The Parents’ Phrase Book—a family guide to empathy that you should buy.

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