Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

Camp Kesem at Case Western Reserve University

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

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/2/2020 - 8/7/2020

7700 Piper Rd, Ashley, OH 43003

Week 2 Session
8/9/2020 - 8/14/2020

7700 Piper Rd, Ashley, OH 43003

Week 3 Session

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day


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Spring Friends + Family Day

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Make the Magic

Saturday, March 28th 2020

InterContinental Cleveland, 9801 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Samantha 'Penguin' Galiffo: I am looking forward to transitioning to two weeks of camp!

Karena 'Clementine' Kett: This year, I am looking forward to leading our chapter into our first time doing two weeks of camp! I'm so excited to see our chapter grow and thrive.

Nicole 'Pony ' DeConzo : My favorite Kesem memory was during my first time being a camp counselor. The last day of camp was my birthday and my campers surprised me in the morning by singing happy birthday to me and gave me birthday cards. I will always remember that day!

Margaret 'Nacho' Zimmer: My favorite Kesem memory is the big bonfire we had our first night there! We sang fun camp songs and ate lots of s'mores! I was really excited because we were still getting to know all the campers and I couldn't wait for the first full day of camp!

Jason 'Gooey' Guo: My favorite Kesem memory is messy wars. Last year, a camper put a paint handprint on my arm and then by the time I washed it off, there was a tan line for the next month on my arm of their hand.

Kyle 'Gogurt' Lewis: My favorite Kesem memory is from my first year of camp and hearing all of our amazing campers share their stories at empowerment.... followed my a massive silly string war!

Danial 'Mickey' Mohammed: My favorite Kesem memory was the Make the Magic benefit gala and giving the public a piece of our Kesem magic and I am looking forward to doing the same thing this year!

Megan 'Boo' Morbitzer: One of our campers falling into the frog pond.

Amanda 'Piglet' Beck: I am looking forward to a year of planning the best camp possible for our campers! I'm excited to plan a lot of fun activities that our campers of all ages can enjoy, as well as spreading the Kesem message to more students on campus and families!

Regan 'Pez' Thibault: My favorite Kesem memory was empowerment. I never truly understood how strong these kiddos were until I heard why they Kesem. It was then that I realized the true meaning of Kesem magic.

Julia 'Puff' Fleming: My favorite Kesem memory is doing the closing circle with everyone around the campfire during my first year at camp. It was such a special feeling, and I'll never forget it!

Thomas 'Tigger' Ciardi: My favorite Kesem memory was attempting to climb a rock wall this past summer. My entire unit kept trying but failing. It was truly a moment where everyone came together as a group for the challenge, encouragement, and a lot of laughter.

Marques 'Queso' Manta: I don't have a specific favorite Kesem memory, but my favorite part about camp every year is developing such close relationships with campers after just one week. One thing I am really looking forward to is planning the TLP camp schedule this year!

Mihir 'Echo' Nilkanth: My first year at camp, I traded riddles with one of my campers. It became our go-to activity during transitions. At our first friends and family day, she specifically sought me out with a HUGE list of new riddles, and it made me so happy.

Ketan 'Rocket' Jolly: My favorite Kesem memory was our empowerment ceremony this year. Being able to listen to so many negative impacts cancer tolls on these kids followed by the positive role Kesem plays in their lives reminds me why I volunteer so much time to Kesem.

Nikhil` 'Stiltz' Nair: I am looking forward to recruiting a lot of passionate and committed student leaders to be counselors for this upcoming year and to play my part in helping Kesem grow and thrive!

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 Yates, Regional Program Director –

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.

Warm Welcome

Kesem's care package program that immediately includes all families into our greater community in a personal, supportive manner.

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.

Special Deliveries

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

Online Resources

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