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Camp Sessions

2019 Dates: TBD

 

 

 

 

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

2019 Dates: TBD

 

 

 

Spring Friends + Family Day

Date and Location TBA

 

Make the Magic

2019 Dates: TBD

 

 

 

Meet the Team

 

 

Rachel Nolan or “Sudz” is a senior studying speech pathology. She is from Wheaton, Illinois and is an Alumni, Marketing, and PR coordinator. Last summer she was a green unit counselor. Sudz’s favorite part of camp was learning how to make friendship bracelets. “I Kesem for my grandmother and all the kids whose strength I admire”. Sudz got her camp name because she showers an excessive amount. A fun fact about her is that she has been scuba diving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Supporters

In addition to the year-round support, services, and training we receive from Kesem National,
we are grateful to those who provide support to our local Camp Kesem chapter including:

Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.

Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.

The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.

Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at Iowa University was generously provided by the Evans, Basile and Probst Families.

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

Mackenzie Sullivan, Regional Program Director – mackenzie@kesem.org

Mackenzie joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2017. Mackenzie first became involved with Camp Kesem as an inaugural member of Saint Louis University’s chapter in 2013. During her time at Saint Louis University, Mackenzie served as a counselor, Operations Coordinator, and a Co-Director for two years. She also worked with Camp Kesem National as a Risk Management Intern, Campsite Contract Intern, and as a member of the National Student Panel. Mackenzie graduated from Saint Louis University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Mackenzie now 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.

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Warm Welcome

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

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Special Deliveries

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

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Friends + Family Day

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

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Online Resources

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