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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: August 12-17, 2018

Angeles Crest

20075 Angeles Crest Highway

Palmdale, CA 93550


Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 19, 2017


6950 Marine Way

Irvine, CA 92618

Spring Friends + Family Day

February 11, 2018


4 Civic Center Plaza

Irvine, CA 92606

Make the Magic

April 7, 2018 at 5:00pm

Marina Park

1600 W. Balboa Boulevard

Newport Beach, CA 92663

Tickets available here

Meet the Team


HELLLLLLLOOOOO!!! This is your friendly Neighborhood BMO!!!!! I’m a Fourth year Triple major in Social Ecology, Psychology and Social Behavior, Criminology, Law and Society. MY DAYS that a mouthful. This is my 3rd year going to camp but my 6th camp overall. I love to play and watch basketball, listen to music and overall just have a great time with my homies. I Kesem because I understand the struggle of feeling alone and having no one to turn to.






Laila Delgado 2nd year
Major: double in cognitive neuroscience and psychology. Love anything outdoors
I Kesem because I can, the people around me in kesem have such a passion for it and for the kids which pushes me have that same love for Kesem. After my first year at camp it is so clear that I have many reasons why I Kesem. Most importantly because the kids we serve are incredible humans wise beyond their years and I feel as though it is so important to give them a space to just be kids.



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 University of California Irvine was generously provided by Edwards Lifesciences.

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

Kirsten Olivarez, Regional Program Director – kirsten.olivarez@kesem.org

Kirsten first got involved with Camp Kesem during her undergraduate career at Northern Arizona University as a Marketing/PR Coordinator for two years. After she graduated, she went to Arizona State University for her Masters in Social Work and worked within the behavioral health/criminal justice system. Her passion to work with families impacted by cancer never faded and she was thrilled to return to the Camp Kesem team as a Regional Program Director in 2018.

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.