Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Saturday, November 9, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Suanna 'Sunny' Moron: My favorite Kesem memory is definitely MESSY WARS! It's so great to see all the kids (even the older ones) completely let loose and just be themselves!

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Elizabeth 'Lala' La: My favorite Kesem memory is from the Lip Sync Battle when TLP used umbrellas as props while singing-- you guess it, Umbrella by Rihanna! This was an alternative activity for a rainy day, so I was actually really glad our original plan got rained out!

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Justin 'Hi-Hat' Villalon: Doing crazy things with the boys from Red Unit whether it was creating bad art or doing goofy dances.

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Eileen 'Doodle' You: I loved going on the night hike with the campers, closing my eyes, listening to stories, and singing songs. My favorite part was opening my eyes to see the numerous "stars" that were splattered on all of our clothes.

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Leon 'Goku' Lu: I'm looking forward to another year of making memories with Kesem, and being able to give back to camp as development chair!

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Ivy 'Pepper' Zhong: My favorite Kesem memory is playing Mafia with the campers during lake hour!

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Molly 'T' Fitzgerald: My favorite Kesem memory was sitting by the campfire with campers, telling silly stories, and eating s'mores on the last night of camp. It was a great time to reflect on how great the week was been and how awesome our campers are.

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Shrutika 'Tiki' Ruhela: My favorite Kesem memory was last year when we went on a night hike - when we stopped we were looking over a lake and could see the stars and were surrounded by trees. It was so pretty and peaceful!

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Jasmine 'Blossom' Shen: I'm super excited to make camp the best it can be this summer as well as seeing all the campers again and how much they've grown throughout the year.

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Victoria 'Aqua' Ho: Meeting all the campers!

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

MiléAmy 'Bubbles' Lopata: One of my favorite Kesem memories is the Yellow Unit campfire we had on the last night of camp this year. We ate s'mores, told campfire stories, and enjoyed time with our Kesem family. It was a great way to end the week of camp!

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Elizabeth 'Cola' Kim: My favorite memory is the talent show where my fellow counselors and I managed to pull off an acrobatic performance with barely any practice. It was so much fun to watch us come together and see the campers laugh!

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Carnegie Mellon
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Caitlyn 'Hoops' Low: I'm looking forward to doing it all over again.

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Niki 'Noodle' Sareen: Mine was when we hiked to the hill and all closed our eyes for a camp story under the stars. Although we have a ton of fun at camp being loud and crazy, this was one moment where all of us went silent and you could really feel the magic.

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Dina 'Dino' Razek: My favorite Kesem memory was the final campfire with my unit, where we ate delicious s'mores, told scary stories, put on funny skits,  and sang goofy camp songs together.

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

Sam 'Nugget' Chinn: My favorite memory is when all of my blue unit boys agreed to quit a game at the same time because they wanted everyone to win and for nobody to lose.

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University
Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon 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:

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

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

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University

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

Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon 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 Carnegie Mellon 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

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at Carnegie Mellon University was generously provided by Highmark.

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

Abi Yates, Regional Program Director – abi@kesem.org
Abi Yates, Regional Program Director – abi@kesem.org

Abi joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2016. Her first experience of Kesem was in 2005 as a camper at Camp Kesem at Indiana University. After losing her father to cancer in 2010, Abi was inspired to give back by becoming a Camp Kesem counselor in college. In the years following, Abi went to Indiana University and was able to be a Coordinator for three years and served as Co-Director her senior year. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Telecommunications. Originally from San Diego, California, Abi now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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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