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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: July 29 – August 4, 2018

YMCA Camp Benson

16355 Scenic Palisades Rd.

Mt Carroll, IL 61053


Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 5, 2017


Newman Center Sweatland Room

604 E Armody Ave.

Champaign, IL 61820

Spring Friends + Family Day

Location and Date TBD

Make the Magic

April 7, 2018 at 6:00pm

St. Ignatius College Prep

1076 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Chicago, IL 60608

Ticket Link Coming Soon

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Our Supporters

Nationwide Community

How Kesem National Supports This Chapter

Kesem’s national staff of over 30 professionals is involved in all aspects of establishing and supporting each of our 100+ chapters nationwide as well as the training and oversight of all college student leaders. Our leadership program has been developed over the last 17 years and, while both rigorous and demanding, is focused on providing the highest level of support, service and safety for the children who participate in our programs.

The Kesem Program Director for this chapter (see below) is involved in all aspects of camp and our additional services. While your local student leaders are your primary contact for questions, you are also welcome and encouraged to contact their Program Director with other specific questions.

Meet This Chapter's Program Director

Annalisa Provenzano, Regional Program Director – annalisa@kesem.org

Annalisa joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2017. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a counselor and continued on to become a Development Coordinator and a Co-Director while in college, as well as a Camp Advisor and Intake Volunteer as an alumna. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Women’s Studies: Gender and Health. Annalisa also graduated with her Master's in Public Health from George Washington University in 2017 with a focus in Health Policy. She is from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Through and Beyond Support Services

Kesem Through and Beyond Support

Our free year-round services provide children impacted by a parent's cancer a continuum of touchpoints throughout the year.

Kesem Connections

Provides Kesem families with regular updates including important deadlines and events.

Camp Kesem

Kesem's flagship program operates over 100 free summer camps in 40 states for children ages 6 to 18 who have been impacted by a parent's cancer.

Kesem By Your Side

Provides customized support for children through the many challenges associated with a parent or guardian's cancer journey.

Warm Welcome

Kesem's care package program that immediately includes all families into our greater community in a personal, supportive manner.

Special Deliveries

Provides all children with personalized greetings–delivered by either traditional or electronic mail.

Friends + Family Day

Regular gatherings for existing and interested camper families, alumni, supporters and Kesem student leaders for a day of community building.

Online Resources

Provides online access to topical resources–including publications, books, organizations and resources.