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Children Of Parents Battling Cancer Get Much-Needed Break

Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 08:24 PM CDT

On Friday almost a hundred kids returned from summer camp to Austin after getting a much-needed break from supporting their parents who are battling cancer. 

The kids attended Camp Kesem at a location in Hunt, Texas -- about four hours outside Austin near Kerrville.  

Donations provided by the LIVESTRONG Foundation means the kids get to go to camp for free, and in recent years the need has increased. 

Organizers said the number of campers that got to go this year was the largest amount since 2010. 

Parents like Ranndee Drake, who is battling ovarian cancer, sent their children to the camp with hopes that they'd get a chance to experience summer camp for the first time. 

"I want her to know that she's not alone, that other people going through the same thing," Drake said. 

Her daughter Tory said she enjoyed being around other kids for the week but was glad to be back with her mom. 

Parent Monica Cadena expressed the same appreciation Friday as she embraced her six-year-old son Evan as he got off the bus. 

"I'm grateful to Camp Kesem for giving my son a chance to go play," she said. 

Cadena recently started chemotherapy for breast cancer and said she'd recently experienced weakness and had to cut back on time spent out in the sun with her kids. 

"It's been hard to give him the summer he needs so I put him on the waiting list and I was just really glad he got accepted," Cadena said. 

Since 2010, the LIVESTRONG Foundation has provided more than $600,000 to help Camp Kesem. 

With last year's grant, LIVESTRONG became the largest funder of camps for children whose parents or family members are facing cancer in the U.S. 

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