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CAMP KEMO Programs

To help families navigate through dealing with childhood cancer and blood disorders, the pediatric hematology/oncology team connects them through CAMP KEMO Programs.

Our entire team of physicians, nursing, Child Life, psychosocial and administrative staff is committed to providing the best care. We don’t just care for a disease, we care for the whole child and address the needs of the entire family.

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Summer Camp

Whether cancer or a blood disorder, summer camp provides children an opportunity to simply be children by participating in fun activities in a safe, medically supervised setting. Through these unique camping experiences children are able to build confidence, be children, and develop relationships with children sharing similar experiences. 


CAMP KEMO, our flagship program, is a weeklong summer camp experience for children with cancer and their siblings. 

Camp Burnt Gin

Camp Burnt Gin, run by the Department of Health and Environmental Control and held in Wedgefield, South Carolina provides a unique opportunity for our patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders to enjoy a week of fun with children just like themselves. 

Teen Programs

Lasting Impressions

Lasting Impressions, a cancer support group, and S.T.A.R. a sickle cell support group, provide adolescents with a chance to share thoughts and feelings about their illness in a supportive and caring setting. Through weekend retreats, the goal is to help these teens realize they are not alone in their journey and that they can still have fun despite a life threatening illness. CAMP KEMO Programs believes in providing supportive social outlets for teens with cancer and blood disorders. Whether they are on or off therapy, the support of other teens through CAMP KEMO Programs becomes an extension of their immediate family.

Family Programs

Whether it is through family picnics, camps, dinners or sibling events these programs provide the foundation and opportunity for fellowship and support among families experiencing similar life threatening diagnoses. Bringing families together in a safe, fun environment helps build and nurture relationships that are sustained far outside the walls of the hospital. 

Family Programs

  • G.R.A.C.E. Dinner – Gather, Relax, and. Come Eat. This dinner is an evening of fellowship for our on-therapy families  
  • Family Weekend – A weekend family retreat for families diagnosed in the last two years 
  • Sibling Sidekicks – Offers an opportunity for siblings of patients to learn more about the treatment of cancer and blood disorders and the facility where their sibling is treated. 
  • Holiday Helpings and Hope – A holiday adoption program for our on-therapy and chronic transfusion patients and their families. 
  • Sickle Cell Family Picnic 
  • Holiday Party 

Hospital Programs

Providing programming directly to patients and families while in the hospital or at the clinic helps reduce the impact cancer and blood disorders have on a child’s life. 

Journey of Courage

Journey of Courage provides a fun way for children to tell their stories by using unique and colorful beads to symbolize different steps of their treatment. 

Toy Box

Toy Box program rewards children and adolescents for cooperating with treatment. Following necessary medical procedures, patients are given coupons that can be redeemed for prizes or gift cards from our toy box. We are always appreciative of monetary or new toy donations to keep the toy boxes filled with surprises. Click here to view our Wish List.

School Support

School Support helps reduce the impact cancer or a blood disorder can have on a child’s classroom performance. This program offers educational support and helps pave the road for children to have a successful school experience while managing their illness. 

Bereavement Programs 

The loss of a loved one is a challenging time for a family. These programs offer an opportunity to revisit wonderful memories of their child's life and to connect with other bereaved families. 

Camp New Horizons

Camp New Horizons is a weekend camp for children who have lost a brother or sister to cancer or a blood disorder. Through sharing their experience with children who have the same concerns, it is hoped that each child will gain strength as well as encouragement to deal with the task of mourning.

Children from seven hospitals in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia participate in this unique camp. 

Memorial Service

Memorial Service honors and remembers patients with cancer or a blood disorder that have passed away in the last year through a special ceremony for family, friends and hospital staff. 

Remembrance Dinner

Remembrance Dinner is an opportunity for families to meet with other bereaved families for dinner and to share memories of their child and gain support. 

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