Camp Kesem at Brown University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 18-23, 2019

Camp JORI

1065 Wordens Pond Rd

Wakefield, RI 02879

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 3, 2018

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Winter Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Spring Friends + Family Day

April 6, 2019

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Make the Magic

March 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM

The University Club

219 Benefit Street Providence, RI 02903

Tickets Available Soon

Meet the Team

Hannah “Dandelion” Montoya: Hey hey hey what’s up what’s up! I’m Dandelion, a senior from Massachusetts concentrating in public health! I kesem because I believe in the MAGIC of the kesem family and community. One week, a lot of laughter, silly camp songs, and gooey s’mores can go a long way, and every child deserves to experience the magic. I truly believe that camp self = best self, and can’t think of a better place to be. I’m so beyond excited to be director and work with my favorite person Fiji to make all the magic!<3

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Leni “Fiji” Kreienberg: Hi! My name is Fiji and I am a junior from upstate NY. I study biology and music. This will be my third year with Kesem; my first I was a cabin counselor and my second I was an Operations Coordinator! II am SO PUMPED to see all of our visions for this year come to life and to co-direct with my best pal Dandelion. Kesem is a beautiful, silly, messy, loving family that I am so grateful to be a part of and so excited to continue to grow!

Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University

Bowen “Jelly Belly” Chen: Hi everyone :))) I’m Jelly Belly, a Sophomore from upstate NY studying Computer Science and Visual Arts. This is my first year with Kesem and I can’t wait to meet you all! WHOOO! I’ve heard so many great things about Kesem, so I’m very excited to finally be a part of the CK family. Can’t wait to work on AMP with coord board and take pics of all your beautiful, smiling faces!

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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!

Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University

Sheril “Fritters” Varghese: Hi!!! My name is Fritters, and I love donuts, (if you couldn’t tell already). I’m a sophomore from Westchester, NY studying Public Health. This past summer was my first year at Kesem as a program counselor, and I loved every messy, fun, loving, bit of it. I cannot wait to help spread the Kesem magic and share warm and fuzzies this year!

Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University

Kaela “Ziti” Lynch: Hey there! My name is Ziti (but I like all kinds of pasta!) and I’m a senior from North Carolina studying Health and Human Biology. I Kesem because I believe that every kid should have a space to be silly and have tons of fun. I am amazed every day by the compassion and intelligence of each of our campers, and I am so lucky to be a part of this wonderful community. I’m looking forward to planning a snazzy P-A-R-T-Y with Buzz as MTM 🙂

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Logan “Buzz” Cho: Hi! My name is Buzz and I am a junior from Lewisburg, PA. I’m a pre-med student studying neuroscience. I spent this past summer as the Sports/Field Games Program Counselor at Camp Kesem and loved every bit of it! I can’t wait to kick-off another year of planning camp!

Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University

Aaron “Rocket” Feng: Hello! Im Rocket, a junior from Texas concentrating in Biology! I Kesem because it is the best feeling in the world to provide these children fun, silliness, love, community all jam packed into a week. I truly believe in the magic of Kesem and I cannot wait to be a part of operations this year and help plan camp and make it more magical and amazing than ever!

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Joon “Lego” Sung: Hi! I’m Lego, a junior from California concentrating in Neuroscience. I Kesem because I LOVE singing camp songs with my fellow counselors and campers! So much happens in our short, one week of camp, and I can’t wait to organize exciting activities for next summer’s camp as one of the ops coordinators. I am thrilled to be a part of the Kesem Family!!

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Cat “Dusty” Carignan: Hi! My name is Dusty, and I’m a junior from Boise, Idaho studying English and Religious Studies. Last summer was my fist at camp and I can’t wait to go back for another week filled with laughter, love and excitement! I’m especially excited to be coordinating operations and planning activities with Lego and Rocket this year, making the magic come alive for these campers with the rest of this wonderful coord board!

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Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University

Matt “Platypus” Dowling: HI all!! My name’s Platypus, and I’m a senior from Massachusetts (Go Sox) studying Applied Math and Economics. I’ve been involved in Kesem since its first year at Brown – Witnessing the kids and counselors bond and grow together is truly a blessing. I cannot wait to meet new families, welcome back old ones, and prepare for another week of excitement, magic, and CK Love!

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Michael “Pikachu” Tan: Hey hey hey! My name is Pikachu and I’m from Northern California. I’m a sophomore studying public health. My first year of Kesem was so much fun – I really appreciate all the great work that Kesem does and the community that it helps to foster. I can’t wait to start working with both Blueberry and Platypus to help spread the Kesem magic!!

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Idalmis “Blueberry” Lopez: Hellooo! My name Blueberry! I am a sophomore from Santa Ana, California concentrating in Health and Human Biology. This is my second year helping spread Kesem magic and I cannot wait for what is yet to come. I Kesem because no child should be forced to grow up too soon and no child should ever have to endure the struggle of having a parent diagnosed with cancer alone. I Kesem because family, love, and laughter are often times the best kind of medicine.

Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
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Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University

Radhika “Chai” Rangarajan: Hello! My name is Chai, and I’m a Junior from Massachusetts studying Applied Math and Economics. I’ve been a counselor at Kesem for two years, and I can’t wait to get to know our coord board this year. I Kesem because every kid should have the chance to be silly and young. I’m so excited for a year of CK Magic!

Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University

Nicole “Sandy” Fraga: Hi! My name is Sandy and I am a Junior from Southern California concentrating in Psychology. I Kesem because I want to be the big sister or best friend to a child who needs a little extra love, support, and fun! Camp Kesem is truly a magical place and the people I have met at camp, including the campers have impacted my life just as much as I have hoped I impacted theirs. I am excited to invite some awesome new counselors to camp and get people HYPED

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AJ “Wonton” Berman: Hey! My name is Wonton and I’m a senior from Connecticut concentrating in Computer Science and East Asian Studies. This year marks my third at Kesem and my first on the coord board – I’m pumped to have one more year of Kesem magic and can’t wait to get back to camp!

Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown University
Camp Kesem at Brown 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

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at Brown University was generously provided by Scare to Care, Tim Shaw, and Vernon Shaw.

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.

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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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