Camp Kesem at Boston University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 11-16, 2019

Camp Mah-Kee-Nac

6 Hawthorne Road

Lenox, MA 01240

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 17, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

March 2, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 6, 2019 at 6:00

PM Holiday Inn - Brookline

1200 Beacon Street

Brookline, MA 02446

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Grace “Boba” Lee: Hi Everyone! My name is Boba and I am one of the co-directors! I am currently a senior studying Camp Kesem with a minor in Health Science at Boston University! Outside of those things, I love to travel, eat, drink boba, and hangout with my friends! I had so much fun at our first camp last year and cannot wait to see what this year has in store for CKBU2019!

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Aparna “Sunshine” Rakesh: Hey CK! I’m Sunshine, one of the Co-founders and Co-Directors of our amazing Boston University chapter! I’m from Dallas, TX and am currently a senior at BU graduating with a business degree. I am so happy to have been a part of our chapters first ever camp this past summer and I’m incredibly excited to carry the CK love throughout the years at BU! CLAM, Sunshine

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Sabrina “Luna” Reyes: Hola! My name is Luna and I live in a magical place called Camp Kesem. During the day, I am a junior studying Business Administration with a concentration in finance while at night I sing camp songs with my Kesem family. I love binge watching shows and meeting new places with my best friends. I am SO fortunate to be part of another year of camp at BU and am beyond excited to meet you all!

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Kailyn “Bubbles” Tran: Hi guys! My name is Bubbles and I am currently a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering and Computer Engineering. I love to travel, eat food, and try new things. I am so excited to be an AMP co-coordinator for CKBU this year and to be a part of all the magical Camp Kesem festivities!

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Helen “Pickles” Kitrosser: Hey hey hey CK! My name is Pickles and I am a Sophomore studying Speech Pathology. This is my second year Keseming and I can not wait to plan another awesome summer camp for a cause that means so much to me. This is my second year as AMP on the CKBU Coord Board. When I am not Keseming, I am roller skating, hanging out with friends, and crafting!

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Maya “Monkey” Mundada: Hi! I’m Monkey, and I’m a freshman from California concentrating in biochemistry (probably)! This is my first year with Kesem and I’m so so excited for this summer. I Kesem because I want to be a part of providing the campers with a week of support, fun, and silliness. I can’t wait to meet this years campers and to be a part of CK this year!

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Alex “Baywatch” Wadsworth: Hey guys, name is Baywatch and I am a senior at Questrom studying Finance. I am excited to be on Development Board for Camp Kesem at BU this year. I was a counselor this past summer and Camp is truly a magical time and place for everyone involved. I am excited to watch our chapter grow and for new/returning campers as well.

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Murtaza “Mufasa” Moiyadi: Hey! My name is Mufasa. I’m currently a sophomore from San Jose, California studying Statistics and Computer Science at Boston University, and in my spare time I love to play basketball, listen to music, and watch a variety of sports. I joined Camp Kesem because I wanted to be a part of the wonderful support system that camp provides and I’m super excited to go back to camp!

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Elizabeth “Boat” Stubbs: Hi my name is Boat and I am a coordinator of development. I am a dual US-UK citizen, and I am currently living out my dream of traveling through Europe while I study abroad in France. I love running and hiking, and my favorite food is peanut butter. I’m super excited for Kesem this year, and I hope you are too!!!

Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University

Yanyun (Angel) “Swallow” Gao: Hi! I’m Swallow and a senior studying Biology. I love finding new places to eat and learning about new technology. I’m so excited for the upcoming year and all the fun events that we’re planning. But most of all, I’m excited for camp!!

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Anne “Daffodil” Spatz: My name is Daffodil and I’m a freshman studying elementary education. I play ultimate frisbee at BU and I also love hiking and traveling. I wanted to work with Camp Kesem because I knew that it would be a place where I could make a real difference for a lot of people. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing organization!

Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University

Danielle “Firecracker” Letsche: Hi everyone, my name is Firecracker and I am a senior studying both Math and Economics. I am so happy to be one of the Operations Coordinators for Boston University’s Camp Kesem chapter this year. Camp Kesem truly is a magical place so I am beyond excited to help plan the activities for camp this year! I cannot wait to be reunited with all our returning campers and to meet so many new campers this summer!

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Delaney “Indie” Dow: Hi everyone!! My name is Indie and I am a Freshman from Massachusetts studying Biomedical Engineering. I’m super excited to be involved with CK BU this year as the TLP (Teen Leadership Program) Operations coordinator! When I’m not planning an awesome camp experience for everyone I enjoy running, hiking, traveling, and going to the beach. I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization and am looking forward to meeting all of our amazing campers!

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Gabriella “Tweety” Esparza Schupchek: Hi guys, I’m Tweety. I’m a junior and a Biology major. I’m really excited to be part of Camp Kesem this year. Even though I first heard about CK less than two months, I already love it! I am an Operations Coordinator, which means that I get to help to plan the activities for camp, so I’m really looking forward to that as well as meeting our campers! Also, I’m originally from Brazil, so my Portuguese is much better than my English and I can even speak some Spanish. Até mais!

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Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University

Numaan “Sherlock” Dogar: Hey there! I’m Sherlock, a freshman studying chemistry hoping to go into the medical field. I was born in Massachusetts, raised in Dubai, and now I’m back in Mass for college. My hobbies include reading, robotics, traveling, paddle boarding, and more. I can’t wait to experience the magic that is Kesem with you all this summer!

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Sharmaine “Mayo” Sun: Hey CKBU, I’m Mayo and I’m an Outreach coordinator! I’m a senior studying international relations and linguistics, and my favorite hobbies include traveling, writing, and music! All my years of Kesem have been absolutely incredible and I can’t wait to continue making this magic.

Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
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Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University

Jessica “Jigglypuff” Zhang: This is Jigglypuff and I am the treasurer for Kesem this year. I’m a senior studying economics. I want to see how the small steps the camp take can create an amazing camp. Also, definitely looking forward to being a counselor!

Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University

Nicole “Fin” McGuiggan: Hi everybody! My name is Fin — I’m a senior at BU studying Biology with a specialization in genetics and a minor in English. I was born in Texas but grew up in Finland (hence the camp name) and I’ve also lived in Germany and China. I absolutely love to travel, and explore new places. Other passions of mine include dancing and napping. I’m so excited to be a volunteer co-coordinator for the second year in a row and make Camp Kesem happen again!

Camp Kesem at Boston University

Artur “Link” Bielecki: Hey! My name is Link and I’m a senior in CAS studying cellular biology, molecular biology, and genetics on the premedical track, with a minor in French. I love traveling, trying new food, spending time with friends, and hiking. I like to stay active and keep busy. This year at CK BU I am a volunteer coordinator and I am so excited to make this year an amazing experience for everyone involved!

Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston University
Camp Kesem at Boston 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.

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

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

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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

Lauren Borrill, Regional Program Director – lauren.borrill@kesem.org
Lauren Borrill, Regional Program Director – lauren.borrill@kesem.org

Lauren joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. Her love for Camp Kesem began when she got involved during her first year of college, where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for two years, then Co-Director. Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Health and Neuroscience, where she was also able to use her passion for serving others to get involved with public and global health research projects, focusing on topics including vector borne disease and global conflict. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Lauren currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

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.

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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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