Camp Kesem at Clemson

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

June 5-10, 2019

Camp Chatuga

9540, 291 Camp Chatuga Rd,

Mountain Rest, SC 29664

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 21, 2018

Snow Family Outdoor Fitness

and Wellness Center

275 YMCA Cir,

Seneca, SC 29678

Spring Friends + Family Day

2019 Dates: TBD

Make the Magic

March 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Aurora Farms

1045 Milford Church Road

Taylors, SC 29687

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Torrey “Tripti” Krieger is a senior double major in Religion and American Sign Language. She is the chaplain of her sorority, Chi Omega, and is also involved in Greek IV and CRU on campus. She loves candy, playing sports, and summer camp.

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Karlee “Bubbles” Isbell is a junior Chi Omega who hopes to go to med school one day. She loves making a magical week for kids who need it most through Camp Kesem. She is also involved with CU Smile on campus, and loves to travel and eat all kinds of food.

Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson

Abby “Otter” Brossette is a senior Marketing major all the way from Texas. She loves summer camps, Clemson football, and believes a bowl of queso can cure almost any bad day. Her favorite part of Kesem is watching kids break out of their shells and truly be themselves at camp!

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Katherine “Pickle” Jenkins is a Graphic Communications major from Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Her favorite food is pasta, and she loves playing soccer and hanging out with her friends. She works at Campus Banner and Design, and is looking forward to showing people what camp is all about!

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Camp Kesem at Clemson

Nicole “Fruit Punch” Blank is an Early Childhood Education major from Atlanta, Georgia. She loves to bake, watch sports, and play intramurals. SHe is most looking forward to seeing returning campers and continuing to grow the Clemson chapter of Camp Kesem.

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Makenna “Mac & Cheese” Leyden is a Marketing major from Colorado. She loves being outdoors and is involved with many organizations on campus, such as Alpha Phi, Delta Sigma Pi, and the Marketing Student Advisory Board. Her favorite thing about Kesem is meeting all of the incredible families and building relationships with campers.

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Caylee “Float” Taylor is a Genetics major from Columbia, South Carolina. She enjoys cooking and hanging out with her friends. She is a tutor for America Reads and is involved with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children.

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Camp Kesem at Clemson

Sydney “Squid” Lynch is a genetics major with a biochemistry minor who hopes to work at the CDC and do research with viral diseases. Her nickname is squid because she is terrified of squid and octopi, and she loves pickles. She is looking forward to spreading the magic of Kesem and reaching as many kids as possible.

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Breana “Fluffy” Carter is a Special Education major from Elloree, South Carolina. Her freetime is usually spent on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, watching Netflix with her cat. Her favorite thing about Camp Kesem is that it gives you an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone into something fun and crazy.

Camp Kesem at Clemson

Emma “Homer” Transou is a Biological Sciences major from Lake Wylie, South Carolina. She loves ranch and listening to music. She is most excited about bringing joy to kids who truly deserve it.

Camp Kesem at Clemson

Shannon “Chicken Nugget” Kondroski is a biochemistry major. She has a passion for Mexican food, chicken nuggets, dogs, and Moe’s. This year, she is looking forward to seeing all of the returning campers and meeting new ones.

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Max “GOAT” Wunsche is a Packaging Science major from Summerville, SC. He loves ice cream and doing anything outdoors. His favorite thing about Camp Kesem is seeing how everyone, both campers and staff, benefit from a fun-filled, stress free week at camp.

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Joey “Flash” LaValla is a Bioengineering major from Connecticut. He loves steak, tiramisu and blueberries, and is involved with the FIRST Program and ClemsonLiVE. He is most excited about organize and plan the events and flow of camp for kids!

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Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson

Scott “Cuda” Eibel is a Bioengineering major from Illinois. He is looking forward to going back to camp and having fun with campers. He loves shrimp tacos and is on the Club Swim team at Clemson.

Camp Kesem at Clemson

Nathan “Gator” Sipe is an economics major from Lakeland, Florida. He is a huge Pizza Hut guy, and loves chilling with friends and being outdoors. He is also involved with his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, and the Wall Street Investment club.

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Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson

Coley “Bear” Beavers is a chemistry major with a French minor. He is a member of the Fly Fishing Club as well as the French Club, and his favorite color is blue. He is most looking forward to expanding the reach of camp this year.

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Anne-Drew “Cupcake” Bullard is a food science and nutrition major with a minor in chemistry. She hopes to go to medical school and become a primary care physician. She is involved in Pi Beta Phi on campus as well as a biology SI/PAL leader for The Bridge Program.

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Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson
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Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson

Collin “Mahi” Czajka is a BioMaterial Engineering major with a Business Administration minor. He is a member of the PreDental Club, Alpha Tau Omega, and enjoys being active and doing things outdoors such as hiking or kayaking.

Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson

Nick “Bogey” Romyns is an Industrial Engineering major from New Jersey. He loves pierogies and staying active with friends. His favorite part about Camp Kesem is seeing the positive impact it has on all those who are involved.

Camp Kesem at Clemson

Jack “Pop” Horan is a Marketing major from Chicago, Illinois. He loves In-N-Out Burger and playing golf. This year, he is looking forward to making camp special for kids, as well as showing everyone who is boss in the GaGa pit at camp.

Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson
Camp Kesem at Clemson

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.

Camp Kesem at Clemson

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 Clemson University was generously provided by Lilly and St. Francis Cancer Center.

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

Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director – jean-luc@kesem.org
Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director – jean-luc@kesem.org

Jean-Luc joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. He first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor with the Camp Kesem at North Carolina chapter and returned as a counselor again for his senior year. After graduating, he worked for Camp Corral, a camping nonprofit that provides military children with a free camping experience. There he was able to learn the ropes of the camping world and develop his passion for camp even more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biology. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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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