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Important Dates

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

Camp Sessions

Date, Time and Location TBD

Friends + Family Days

Spring Friends + Family Day


Date, Time and Location TBD

Meet the Team

Katie “Kit Kat” Kwan 


Ignacio “Iggy” Sepulveda
Caitlin Crawley


Lydia Zheng


Joey Davidson


Cameron Juarez
Deanna San Juan


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 Pepperdine University was generously provided by the Craig Burritt 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

Stacey Yi, Regional Program Director – stacey@kesem.org

A native Californian, Stacey grew up with ambitious goals, hoping to one day rule and change the world. Experiencing the sudden loss of her mother to cancer at age 10, she was struck by life’s brevity and the naiveté of her assumption that one had to rule the world to make it a better place. While she’s kept “Ruler of the World” open as a career option, Stacey has deeply involved herself with a variety of causes and nonprofit work. Some of her most cherished experiences have been teaching conservation to elementary students, caring for HIV/AIDS hospice residents, working on children’s research and advocacy, and founding & co-directing Camp Kesem at Rice University. She is thrilled about the opportunity to continue working with her favorite organization toward a cause so personally meaningful, while building and engaging communities in Southern California and Arizona.

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.