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Important Dates

Please use the "Contact Us" button above for questions on dates, times, or event details.

Camp Sessions

2019 Dates: TBD

 

 

 

Friends + Family Days

Winter Friends + Family Day

2019 Dates: TBD

 

 

 

Spring Friends + Family Day

Date and Location TBD

Meet the Team

 

 

 

 

Hi! My name is Peaches! I’m a transfer student, and I’m currently a junior. I am majoring in Health and Human Sciences, with hopes of attending the nursing program here next year! In my free time I volunteer at Strides in Motion, a program that uses horses as a form of rehabilitation and therapy. I am also a barista at Starbucks. I found Kesem and put my heart and soul into this organization. I Kesem for all the families affected by cancer, including my own.

 

 

 

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 Northern Illinois University was generously provided by Aaron Hadley Fundraising Campaign.

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

Meag "Daisy" Donnelly
Meag Donnelly, Regional Program Director – meag.donnelly@kesem.org

Meag joined Camp Kesem at West Virginia University in the chapter’s inaugural year in 2015 as an Outreach Coordinator. In the years to follow, she served as an Alumni, Marketing & PR Coordinator, followed by Co-Director her senior year. She also served as a Camp Advisor for the University of Kansas and University of Arkansas in the summer of 2018. She joined the Camp Kesem National team in August 2018 as a Regional Program Director. Meag graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing with a minor in Business Administration from WVU. She currently resides in Bonita Springs, Florida.

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.