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Boy's lemonade stand at Darien's July 4th parade is a fundraiser for cancer

Jul 02, 2019 12:36PM ● By Tim

Watch for 11 year-old Blake Schmidt’s Lemonade Stand along the route of Darien’s July 4th parade.  Blake is raising money for Camp Kesem, a camp for kids (which is free for a week) whose parents are affected by cancer. His father, Erik, has been dealing with jaw cancer and under gone several extensive surgeries, radiations, X2 and chemo. 

From the Camp Kesem website - Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent's cancer. Kesem's flagship program, Camp Kesem, operates free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent's cancer. Founded at Stanford University in 2000, Camp Kesem has since expanded to 116 chapters in 42 states across the country. With over 5 million children impacted by a parent's cancer, Camp Kesem must continue expanding to meet this need. Kesem is the largest national organization dedicated to this unique population, and for many children their Camp Kesem experience is a life-changing event–providing them a community of children with similar experiences, and a safe and welcoming environment to have fun and rediscover their childhood.  In summer 2018, nearly 9,000 children attended over 100 week-long sessions of Camp Kesem held at fun and exciting campsites from coast-to-coast.

Look for Blake along Darien’s parade route, make a donation, enjoy some lemonade.  This year Blake will be assisted by his 7 year old twin brothers, Max & Spencer.