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Let Them Be Kids – A Powerful Message Told Through Pictures

In August 2013, we asked kids how they dealt with their parent’s cancer. This was the result:

With over 1.7 million cancer cases a year in the United States, there are more than 3 million children affected by a parent’s cancer

With over 1.7 million cancer cases a year in the United States, there are more than 3 million children affected by a parent's cancer

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Because they don’t appear sick, their needs are often over looked and they suffer quietly, leading to academic, social, emotional, and developmental problems

Because they don't appear sick, their needs are often over looked and they suffer quietly, leading to academic, social, emotional, and developmental problems

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Many of these children have lost mothers …

Many of these children have lost mothers . . .

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Fathers …

Fathers . . .

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Or their parents are going through treatments currently

Or their parents are going through treatments currently

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Camp Kesem provides a free, week-long summer camp for these children

Camp Kesem provides a free, week-long summer camp for these children

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It is completely run by student volunteers from over 50 colleges across the nation

It is completely run by student volunteers from over 50 colleges across the nation

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One week creates lifelong friendships

One week creates lifelong friendships

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And memories to last a lifetime

And memories to last a lifetime

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These children have experienced and gone through what no one should ever have to

These children have experienced and gone through what no one should ever have to

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But they are not alone, and will continue to overcome any and all obstacles

But they are not alone, and will continue to overcome any and all obstacles

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To see more pictures from this project, you can visit Camp Kesem @ BYU’s facebook page (they are the college who did this project). For more information about Camp Kesem, you can visit the national page at campkesem.org.To support a Camp Kesem chapter in your area, you can donate at campkesem.givebig.org

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/byupr/let-them-be-kids-a-powerful-message-told-through-phbt

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