Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 18-23, 2019

Camp Lakota

56 Park Road

Wurtsboro, NY 12790

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 28, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 27, 2019

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Make the Magic

May 4, 2019 at 6:00pm

The Statler Hotel at Cornell University

130 Statler Dr

Ithaca, NY 14853

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Zsofia “Maple” Szegletes is a senior majoring in Biological Engineering. She is so excited to be serving as a co-director her fourth & final year at Cornell. She Kesems so that kids can just be kids for a week & have a supportive community away from all the stress at home. Her favorite parts of camp include: messy games (especially admin sundaes), the talent show, cabin chat & Pepe!!

Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Alyssa “Avocado” Alishoev, who also goes by Avo or Cado, is a senior at Cornell studying Psychology, Law, and Spanish. She spent the last semester studying in Barcelona and had an amazing time traveling around Europe, but is SO excited to be back on the Kesem team and to help create the best year of Kesem (and the best week of camp) we’ve ever had: full of fun, friendship, community, and Kesem Magic!!

Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Sam “Tulip” Hertle is a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering. Along with Kesem, she spends her time studying, eating, doing yoga, researching at school, and missing her dogs! She Kesems to give kids the childhood magic they deserve.

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Janice “Shrub” Kim: Hello! I’m a junior studying Biology & Society. I have been a part of Camp Kesem since my freshman year. It has surrounded me with warm, positive people and I can’t wait for another year of making magic with them!

Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Lyanda “Taz” Dudley is a senior Mechanical Engineering major and Sustainable Energy Systems minor. This is her 4th year involved in Camp Kesem and is super excited to be co-development chair for the 2018-2019 school year. Her favorite Kesem memory is sitting around the bonfire while everyone at camp sang and swayed along to a camper-led song on the ukulele. Fun fact–she used to stilt walk in the circus when she was younger!

Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Tigran “Marshmallow” Mehrabyan is a senior in bioengineering. I’m proud to have been a part of this camp where we bring so much happiness to children who are just incredible. I’ll be in development this year and hope to make sure we fundraiser enough to make camp better than ever!

Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Alex “Acorn” Chong is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Microbiology. He is excited to be a co-coordinator for MTM and loves Kesem because it’s an amazing group of supportive people. He wants to help make camp the best it can be for the kids!

Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Dylan “Clif” Mariuzza is a Junior Bioengineering major. He is looking forward to an awesome year planning Camp Kesem’s annual Make the Magic benefits dinner. In his free time, Clif enjoys running, rock climbing, and playing Dylball. He’s also an avid Yankees and NY Giants fan. Clif has been involved with Kesem for the past two years, and he loves being a part of such a fun and supportive community dedicated to giving kids Kesem.

Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Bethany “Sparky” Kharrazi is a sophomore majoring in Geoscinece at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She used to be a camper! She is excited to spend her ninth year with Kesem as one of the Operations Coordinators. As a counselor, she is honored to be able to give back to the place that gave her and her family so much hope and joy!

Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Alex “Treefrog” Ciampaglia: I’m a Junior studying Computer Science! I LOVE to run, swim and cook , and my favorite food is pasta with green beans and potatoes. I love Camp Kesem because working with kids is something that makes me happy and it’s a direct way for me to translate my hard work into SMILES.

Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Aditi “Mowgli” Mohapatra is a senior majoring in Biology and Society. She’s so excited to be outreach coordinator this year and can’t wait to get to know the wonderful Kesem families! Mowgli Kesems because camp is a place where kids can escape the stresses at home and be happy, silly, and most importantly empathetic and kind kids.

Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Hanne “Sprinkles” Boveng is a junior majoring in Biology & Society. She is so excited to join Coord Board as an Outreach coordinator this year. She kesems to be a part of the fun, supportive, and inspiring family that makes Camp Kesem so magical.

Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
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Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Emily “Hammock” Spiek is a sophomore studying chemical engineering. She is very excited to be on the coordinator board this year. She loves Camp Kesem because it provides a family to everybody involved and creates an environment full of love and support.

Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Paris “Popcorn” Ghazi is a sophomore majoring in biology and English. As one of the volunteer coordinators, she can’t wait to share with everyone why she loves Camp Kesem and welcome new counselors into the Kesem family. She Kesems because everyone should have a space to unapologetically be a kid and make friends that make you feel at home.

Camp Kesem at Cornell University

Kinan “Rocket” Alsheikh is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. He is proud to be co-volunteer coordinator because he gets to show Cornell students what Camp Kesem is all about! He Kesems to help kids find a loving community where they are always welcome.

Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell University
Camp Kesem at Cornell 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.

Camp Kesem at Cornell University

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

Camp Kesem at Cornell 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 Cornell 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 Cornell University was generously provided by Richard and Dara Levy.

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

Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director – zach@kesem.org
Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director – zach@kesem.org

Zach joined the Camp Kesem National staff in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. Before doing so, he served as Co-Director at the University of Richmond, where he graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Zach now resides in Washington, D.C.

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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