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Camp Kesem to host Make the Magic on April 6

Sophomore Callan McDermott gets involved with community project Camp Kesem
Sophomore Callan McDermott gets involved with community project Camp Kesem

April 4, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- When Fighting Illini sophomore swimmer Callan McDermott isn't representing Illini nation in the pool, she spends her time fundraising money for the community project Camp Kesem. This project is a summer camp run by college students for children whose parent has been diagnosed with cancer. "Make the Magic", their biggest fundraiser event of the year is this Saturday, April 6 at Radio Maria in downtown Champaign from 3-5 p.m.

"I really like the mission of Camp Kesem and how we are helping a population that often gets overlooked when dealing with cancer," McDermott said. "This camp is an opportunity for these kids to be kids again for the week, and forget about the stresses of cancer at home. Throughout the year, the counselors plan camp, reach out to families, and fundraise to send 60 campers from central and southern Illinois to camp for free. There are currently no other camps and few services offered in Champaign and the surrounding Midwest region that provide these children with the support they need to ease the fear, anger, guilt and sadness they experience daily. Campers have the unique opportunity to build friendships and gain strength from peers facing similar challenges."

"Make the Magic" features entertainment, food and drinks as well as a silent auction featuring Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals tickets, an autographed baseball from former Chicago Cub and Hall of Famer Billy Williams and weeklong resort stays in Utah and Colorado among other items.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person which includes an appetizer buffet as well as a $10 bar tab per guest. Registration for tickets to the event are available HERE

"I think it is important for student athletes to get involved on campus outside of their sport and work with others in a different atmosphere," McDermott said. "We gain talents that help us learn to work with people different from our team. We set and build skills that we will use for the rest of our lives after our sports career has ended. Experiences like Camp Kesem will diversify our team skills and make us more well rounded individuals in addition to helping the community that supports us on the field."

Radio Maria is located at 119 N. Walnut Street in Champaign, Ill. For those that want to contribute to this project but can't attend "Make the Magic", donations can be made at http://campkesem.org/donate/donate-now