Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: June 9-14, 2019
Week 2: June 30 – July 5, 2019

Emmanuel Pines

3000 Spence Springs Rd

Prescott, AZ 86305

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 3, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family

Day March 23, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Ashley Castle

1300 S Price Rd.

Chandler, AZ 85286

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Meet the Team

Vanessa “Ponyo” Villalobos: Hi I’m Ponyo. I’m pursing a double major in Sustainability & Spanish. This is going to be my third year in this amazing organization. Coming to ASU it was very hard for me to find my niche until I found Kesem, it has been the place I go to unwind and feel positive energy and to love. Kesem is family, teamwork, and magic, that is why I am super excited to be one directors for the 13th year of CK ASU!

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Santiago “Habanero” Logan-Robledo: Hi! I’m Habanero. I am a sophomore studying biomedical sciences aspiring to become an orthopedic surgeon. Last year was my first year with Camp Kesem, and I’m super excited to bring Kesem to as many kids as we can again this year!

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Anthony “Fez” Albrecht: HI PALS! I’m Fez and I am a director for Camp Kesem ASU! I am a Junior studying Biomedical Sciences with the dream of being a physician. I just joined Kesem and attended both weeks of camp during the summer. Wow. What an experience! I’m here to spread Kesem to as many people as possible because this new family of mine is truly magical. I Kesem for my campers and the families! This community has changed my life and I could not be more thankful to help be apart of it all!

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Elizabeth “Buffy” Schroeder: Hi I’m Buffy! I am a sophomore double majoring in Film and Media Studies and Creative Writing. This is my second year being a counselor, but I was a camper at Camp Kesem for ten years before coming to college. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to serve as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator and give back to an amazing organization that has helped me become the person I am today!

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Nicole “Beluga” Balland: Hey there! I’m Beluga and I’m a junior studying Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Psychology. I joined Kesem last year and it has had a special place in my heart ever since. The people I’ve met through this organization, both campers and counselors, have truly changed my life for the better and helped make me into the person I am today. I Kesem for them!

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Nolan “Dexter” Vale: Hello, my name is Dexter! I am a senior studying molecular biosciences and biotechnology. I work in a laboratory on campus studying immunology and cancer biology and TA for biochemistry classes. Ultimately, I would like to go to medical school to be a physician. Outside of work and school, I love fashion (specifically shoes), video games, and music. I Kesem because of my family’s history of cancer but also to give campers the magic that every child deserves to experience.

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Alyssa “Mrs Puff” Aguilar: Hi! I’m Mrs Puff and this is my second year with Camp Kesem, but my first year on the board. I am a senior majoring in Exercise and Wellness. In my spare time, I like to hang out with my friends and my puppy. I also like to workout and I am a certified personal trainer. I am so excited to be this year’s Make the Magic Coordinator. I Kesem for my red unit and am so grateful to be able to be a part of the Kesem family.

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Emma “Turtle” Lombardi: Hi I’m Turtle and I am a junior studying Marketing and Digital Communications! Kesem has been one of the most amazing blessings that has walked into my life. This will be my third year in the organization and I’m so grateful for how much it has allowed me to grow and develop my love for helping others. I’m so pumped to be one of the Make the Magic coordinators and I have a good feeling that this year will be one of the best yet!!

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Alyssa “Basil” Solano: Hi I’m Basil! I’m a Junior majoring in Business Marketing and this is my third year in Camp Kesem. I am so happy to be a part of the board again this year, this time working on the Operations team. I cannot wait to create even more magic next summer with my best co-pal Binks!

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Shauri “Binks” Thomas: Hi all, I’m Binks and I am a junior at Arizona State, studying Sociology and Non-Profit Leadership Management. I am so looking forward to another great year of Camp Kesem, especially as an Operations Coordinator with the best co-coord in the entire world! We can’t wait to bring the magic to this new season of camp!

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Alex “Chicken Joe” Huynh: Hi! My name is Chicken Joe! And I work in a button factory… just kidding. I’m a senior here at ASU studying Supply Chain Management and Business Communications. I am so excited to be apart of this strong knit family! I will do my best to be there whenever I am needed and I strive to be the best example and leader to the kids attending camp!

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Isabel “Burrito” Strouse: My name is Isabel (“Burrito”) and I am the TLP coordinator for Camp Kesem at ASU this year! I am a senior, majoring in Biology and Psychology, and this is my 3rd year in Kesem. Kesem has been the most magical, rewarding experience of my college career and I am so grateful to be serving our chapter on the exec board for a second time. The pride, joy, and purpose I have found within this organization is invaluable, and I am ecstatic to give back as much as I can to Kesem in this position. CK love!

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Madison “Tofu” Lusk: I’m Tofu and I am so excited to be one of the Outreach coordinators this year! This is my second year with Camp Kesem, and my 3rd semester as an outreach coordinator. I am studying Biological Sciences (Conservation Biology and Ecology) and working towards a minor in Spanish. I Kesem for my grandmother, my uncles, and my best friend’s mom, who have all battled cancer and shown me the power of those who fight it; and for the campers, who inspire me each and every day.

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Ally “Pixie” Schrier: My name is Pixie and I’m a junior majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Psychology. This is my third year being involved with Kesem and I’m so excited to spend it as an Outreach Coordinator! I’m so grateful for this organization and for all of the amazing, inspiring people it has introduced me to – especially my green girls. Kesem has held a special place in my heart since the moment I joined, and I can’t wait to continue spreading the Kesem magic!

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Arizona State University
Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Veronica “Lavagirl” Gasparro: Hi, I’m Lavagirl! I’m a Junior majoring in Business Law and Economics. This will be my third summer going to Camp Kesem, and I’m so excited to see everyone again and meet all those who join our Kesem family this year. I can’t wait to work with the rest of board to help make Kesem magic for summer 2019!

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Elain “Rizzo” Shubat: My name is Rizzo and this is my second year in Kesem. I am a sophomore currently studying Political Science. I Kesem for my Purple girls. They are so amazing, and I could not have asked for a better group of girls to be a part of my first year in Kesem. Finding Camp Kesem has really changed my college experience for the better. I found the most amazing second family within ASU. I am so excited to see what this year has instore for our chapter.

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Taylor “Tater Tot” Smith: Hi I’m Tater Tot and I am a volunteer coordinator for Camp Kesem ASU this year. I am a senior majoring in psychology, and this is my second year in Kesem. I am so humbled and grateful to be a part of something as magical as Kesem, and I am so excited for this year!

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

Jason “Bazooka” Cusimano: Hi I’m Bazooka and I am a junior at ASU studying Medical Microbiology with the goal of attending medical school after finishing my undergraduate degree. I am going to be serving on ASU’s chapter of Camp Kesem as one of the volunteer coordinators and am looking forward to seeing all of the amazing campers this summer!

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University
Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

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:

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

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

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

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

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

Camp Kesem at Arizona State University

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

Community Partners

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Kling Family Foundation

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.

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Meet This Chapter's Program Director

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

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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.

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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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Friends + Family Day

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

Kesem Connections

Provides Kesem families with regular updates including important deadlines and events.

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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Special Deliveries

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

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Online Resources

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

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