Meet The Team
Cyril "Silly Putty" Danielkutty
While I’ve never had the misfortune of having a family member afflicted with cancer, I could never imagine how I’d feel if one of them was affected by it. No kid should ever have to face his or her parent’s cancer alone. I Kesem so these kids won’t have to, because in all honesty, cancer to a kid can be described as one word -scary- and there’s no one else out there as big as Camp Kesem to help them out.
Gouri "Snuggles" Sadananda
No child should have to grow up before their time because of a parent’s cancer. The children who have dealt with this challenge are stronger than I ever was. They become a comforting shoulder to someone else far before any of their peers even know how to do the same. I Kesem because if I can help bring a little more magic into their lives, then everything is worth it.
Abhishek "Swift" Parekh
I Kesem to help out the children who feel depressed and hopeless in the face of the challenges that they face in their daily lives. I want to be there to help them when they most need it, so they don’t have to feel alone. It can be stressful for children, and having the extra support always helps.
Victoria "Tea Cup" Ly
I Kesem to provide a warm and loving community for the children. Children are young and innocent, and their lives are greatly impacted by a parent's cancer. Camp Kesem gives these children a chance to become a kid again and shows them a life outside of illness. Through laughs and smiles, Kesem becomes a large, safe network of peers, or in other words, a family, and I love being part of this family.
Rachit "Fizz" Bhatt
I Kesem because even though I have never had a relative afflicted by cancer, I have family members with mental health issues and I was uncertain if they were okay. When I was able to understand what was happening, I felt alone. I want to be able to reach out to others who are affected by a family member's illness, and let them know that they're not alone in this process.
Sarika "Truffles" Hira
I want to help spread the magic that I feel every time I meet people from CKSBU. My grandmother suffered from cancer too, and families helped my father in this tough time. I Kesem because, in the same way, I would like to give back to the community by helping the children in their hard times too.
David "Leo" Ogunlowo
I initially did not know what it meant to Kesem. After camp this year, I Kesem because I want the kids to know that there is good in the world. I want them to know that there are people who care about them regardless of background or experiences. Most of all, I want them to know that CKSBU will always be there for them.
Mie "Peach" Higuchi
The kids that Camp Kesem serve are very strong, inspirational and I have the upmost respect for each one for their courage and strength. But as children, they should not have to deal with these issues and act way before their time. That is why Camp Kesem exists, to be a support system for them to rely on and look forward to every year. I Kesem because I want every child to have wonderful memories to look back on, no matter what they’ve been through.
Karis "Christmas" Tutuska
I Kesem to be a help and encouragement for those who need it, to bring happiness to others, and to be part of much-needed support system. I Kesem to be surrounded by people who see a need and want to provide for it, who see a problem and want to fix it. I Kesem to take a stand against cancer’s effects on families and children. Finally, I Kesem for all the brave children who inspired me at camp with their kindness, patience, and strength.
Steven "Hobbes" Morel
I Kesem for the kids. In my early high school years, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer . I felt so alone and scared, like I had no one to go to. I never want another child to feel that way again. Kesem gives me a chance to help these children in an impossibly hard time in their lives. I want to be part of a support system that I did not have when I was younger. Camp Kesem is family, reminding everyone they never have to be alone.
Mark "Blue" Berenshteyn
Cancer is an insidious disease that affects millions of people across the country. Thankfully, we as a society have greatly improved how effectively and quickly we treat cancer, and much more people are surviving and thriving past cancer now than even 10 years ago. However, what has not changed is the painful experiences that the loved ones of those who suffer from cancer themselves suffer. I Kesem because Camp Kesem is one of the few organizations that genuinely puts a smile onto the faces of those who have the least reason to smile.
Maria "Wisco" Mueller
Sean "Speaker" Frasca
I Kesem for the kids. To give them the strength to rise above their parent's cancer, and most importantly, just be kids.
Christina "Captain" Ortiz
I Kesem so that all kids have the experience to be kids. The campers that have joined us are so strong and resilient. They deserve to have a break from the adversaries they are facing and a chance to be the center of attention and to be loved. Children are the present and should be treated as such.
Hiral "Doodle" Kadakia
I Kesem because I’ve been fortunate enough to have an amazing childhood and cannot imagine my life today if that was taken from me. These kids are incredibly strong and brave for their age, but they deserve a break from all of the stress. They deserve their childhood. I want to help with that in any way I can and make a positive difference in their lives.
Matthew "Face" Marciano
I Kesem for the brave and inspiring families that we serve. Camp Kesem is a community of acceptance and lasting support, and I am honored to be a part of something so meaningful.