Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 4-10, 2019

Camp Wanake

9463 Manchester Ave SW

Beach City, OH 44608

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 28, 2018

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Winter Friends + Family Day

February 9, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 28, 2019

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Make the Magic

March 30, 2019 at 6:00pm

Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland

10660 Carnegie Avenue Cleveland, OH 44106

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Meet the Team

Karyn “KitKat” Ludewig is a senior from Northfield, MN studying Systems & Control Engineering and Electrical Engineering. She loves spending time with all dogs, especially her two labs, Eli and Lucy! In her free time she enjoys eating good food and watching movies with friends.

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Mihir “Echo” Nilkanth: Straight out of Orange County, California, Echo is a junior studying at the Weatherhead School of Management. Outside of Kesem, he is the philanthropy chair of his fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau. He enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and playing with dogs. After college, Echo aspires to move back to the #bestcoast and see where life takes him from there.

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Alex “Pip” Bokatch is a third-year student from Cleveland. He is studying Healthcare Management on a pre-Health track. Pip spends his time assisting in a cancer research lab and working in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at the Cleveland Clinic. Outside of Kesem and studying, Pip loves spending his time listening to music and napping whenever he can.

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Halle “Berry” Rose is a third-year student majoring in Cognitive Science and English. Outside of Kesem, she’s been involved with PhiDE, Phi Mu, and the Case Mock Trial team. She currently works as a Genetic Counseling Assistant at University Hospitals and volunteers at Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Karena “Clementine” Kett is a second-year Biochemistry major on the premed track. She hopes to become an ER doctor someday. She volunteers at UH and loves to draw, paint, bake, and read.

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Ketan “Rocket” Jolly is a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Business Management. Outside of Kesem, Rocket is actively involved as the brotherhood chair in Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, researching in the Karathanasis Lab for Biomedical Nanotechnology, and working on engineering solutions for hospitals in developing countries. When he can catch a break, Rocket loves playing some pickup basketball or football and going out with friends.

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Megan “Boo” Morbitzer is a second-year Statistics major. She works in Addiction Recovery Services at UH. She also volunteers at the Mid Ohio Food Bank and enjoys playing soccer, softball, and painting.

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Sam “Penguin” Galiffo is a second-year Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism major. She hopes to become a doctor one day and work in pediatrics. Besides Kesem, Penguin works in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Cleveland Clinic and volunteers at UH. In her free time, she likes to take naps, online shop, and watch college football!

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Angelica “Jelly” Escuadro is a fourth-year Chemical Engineering student and is currently co-oping with Sherwin Williams in their Globals Supply Chain Design Engineering team. She is also the Director of Formal Recruitment in her sorority, Alpha Phi. Other than Kesem, Jelly loves to eat, hang out with friends, and explore Cleveland. This summer will be Jelly’s fourth year coming to camp and she cannot wait to come back😀

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Neha “Karma” Sharma is a senior studying Cognitive Science, Bioethics, and Public Health! She is currently studying abroad in Munich, Germany, involved in psychology research at Ludwig Maximilian Universität. On campus, she is a member of the Case Kismat Fusion Dance team, Global Ethical Leaders Society, Delta Gamma fraternity, and of course, CAMP KESEM💚💙. She is also a research student in the biomedical engineering department at the Lerner Research Institute.

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Anna “Slimjim” Kellam is a second-year from Savannah, Georgia. She is double majoring in Business Management and Music (Vocal Perfomance). She has been involved in Delta Gamma, OCMEA, Kesem and Dhamakapella. She also loves singing and songwriting. Slimjim plays gigs and works in a restaurant. She is super excited for this to be her third year involved in Kesem and to be able to be a part in creating the best week of the year for so many deserving kids.

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Julia “Puff” Fleming is a third-year Psychology major at CWRU, with aspirations of going on to grad school to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Aside from Camp Kesem, you can find her involved in several other things: her job at a local school for children with special needs; her sorority, Alpha Phi; and some other CWRU organizations, SpartanTHON and TEDxCWRU.

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Grace “Twix” Furnas is a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Other than Camp Kesem, Twix enjoys hanging out with friends and family, napping, and watching cute dog videos!

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Abbe “Pancake” Richard is a senior pre-medical student majoring in Chemistry and Medical Anthropology. She is so excited to be back on Exec for her last year of college! This is Pancake’s 4th year involved in Kesem. In addition to Camp Kesem, Pancake is also the President of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, and a member of Order of Omega. In her spare time, Pancake can be found in a coffee shop grabbing coffee with friends.

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Delaney “Waffles” Jones is a fourth-year student starting her Masters in Social Work from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU. She is doing her field placement at Beechbrook, a child mental and behavioral health agency. She is also involved in Alpha Phi as the director of Watchcare and volunteers for Spartan Running Buddies. In her spare time, Waffles loves to dance!

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Alex “Gumbo” Monier is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at CWRU! In addition to Kesem, he is involved in Baja SAE, where he works on off-road race cars, and Autism Speaks. He loves to run and practice for another run at the Olympic Bobsled Team!

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University
Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve 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 Case Western Reserve University

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

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

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

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve 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 Case Western Reserve 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 Case Western Reserve University was generously provided by the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

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.

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University