Camp Kesem at Dartmouth College

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Please contact us for more information!

Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

May 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Faculty Lounge

The Hopkins Center for the Arts

2 E Wheelock St

Hanover, NH 03755

Tickets Available Soon

Meet the Team

Sarah “Fish” Finlay: I’m a a current Junior and am a Co-Director for Dartmouth’s chapter this year. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and have lived there my whole life. I’m studying Psychology here at Dartmouth and have been a part of Kesem for 3 years now. I am also on the varsity swim team here. Kesem has a huge place in my heart because I lost my dad to cancer my freshman year of high school. I absolutely love being able to give back to the community that is experiencing the same thing that I went through.

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Samantha (Sam) “Sunny” Norton: Hi! My name is a Sunny and I am a co-direct of Camp Kesem at Dartmouth College. I am passionate about Camp Kesem because the organization give kids the opportunity to just be kids! I am a junior at Dartmouth perusing a major in psychology and a minor in religion. Besides Kesem, I am also involved in Love you Melon Campus Crew and Alpha Phi.

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Andrea “Fox” Jenkins is a Dartmouth junior originally from Longview, Texas. She was a Make the Magic Coordinator for Camp Kesem and now serves as one of the directors–and she loves it! Fox is also a Computer Science major and hopes to go into the tech industry after graduations

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Bradley “Flash” Fox: I am a current Sophomore at Dartmouth College and am majoring in Biology. I am active in Dartmouth EMS, where I serve as an EMT and teach CPR and first aid, mentor Hanover area school-age children with the SIBS program, and run with the Dartmouth Club Running Team (I actually ran a half marathon this past October in my Flash suit!). I am amazed with the impact that Camp Kesem makes on the lives of others, and am so excited to have the opportunity to serve on the coordinator board this year!

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Priya “Peaches” Shukla: I’m a sophomore from Boston, and I am a premed English major, with a potential minor in Biology! Outside of Kesem, I tutor at the Dartmouth writing center, work on immunotherapy research at DHMC, and am part of AXiD! I joined Kesem because I know firsthand how confusing and difficult it can be for a child to have a parent with cancer. Camp was an exceptional week for me, and it was amazing to see all the kids getting to play as kids and empathize with each other! I CANNOT WAIT for next summer!

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Camp Kesem at Dartmouth College

Ryan “Puddles” Kilgallon: After an awesome CKD experience as a counselor last summer, I’m so excited to be a Development Coordinator for summer 2019! Even though New York is home, I spend most of my time at Dartmouth pursuing a double major in math and geography. I can’t wait to work alongside the rest of the Coordinating Board this year to create some amazing Kesem magic!!

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Ellie “Guac” Briskin: I am a sophomore from Bronxville, New York majoring in Psychology. In addition to Kesem, I sing in the Dartmouth Decibelles, Dartmouth’s oldest all-female acapella group. I also am part of DREAM (Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventure, and Mentoring); through this program I mentor a kid living in a low-income housing community for my entire time as a Dartmouth student. I also love tutoring, eating breakfast foods at any time of day, and playing with Ribik’s Cubes!

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Joshua “Taco” Lee is a ’19 from San Diego majoring in English modified with Film. In addition to being involved with Camp Kesem, Taco takes marimba lessons from the Hop and is involved with Christian Union. One of his favorite parts of CKD is the cheers, and he’s excited to be involved for his third year.

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Rebecca “Arwen” Philip: I’m a ‘19 from Queens, New York studying Neuroscience and Music. After I graduate, I plan to attend medical school. In my free time, I’m reading mysteries, thrillers and books by my favorite comedians or working on a new art project. I’m super pumped for camp this year! I love working with our amazing coord board to make camp engaging and memorable.

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Cindy “Coco” Takigawa: I started with Camp Kesem because my friend who had went to a college with a Kesem chapter recommended it to me. When I was 12 years old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although I am thankful for all the support family and friends provided, I believe that joining the Kesem family could have helped me connect to others with similar experiences. I am a premed biology major, with a potential minor in chemistry. I am so excited for many more camps to come!

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Uyen “Bear” Dang: Hi friends! I’m Bear and originally from Vietnam. I’m a sophomore who’s studying anthropology with a concentration in global health. Last year, as someone who didn’t know anything about camp growing up, it was amazing to encounter the magic of Kesem alongside all the campers. But it was even more incredible seeing the campers dance and laugh and just be themselves. I’m BEYOND excited to fold more families into the experience and have them know that Kesem will always be there to support them.

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Sanjena “Sunny” Venkatesh: I’m Sunny and I’m a ’21 from Houston, TX. At Dartmouth, I’m studying biomedical engineering while on the pre-med track. And in my free time, I enjoy drawing, making music, and playing tennis. I joined Kesem this year to help provide a community where kids can just be kids. Can’t wait for camp!

Camp Kesem at Dartmouth College
Camp Kesem at Dartmouth College

Marlee “Marbles” Montella: I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but grew up in Reno, Nevada. I am a ’21 at Dartmouth and I am currently studying Mechanical Engineering with a potential minor in Computer Science. Outside of classes, I am a competitive rock climber and, a tutor for Math, and the Volunteer Coordinator for Camp Kesem!

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Andreas “Waves” Louskos: Hi! I am Andreas “Waves” Louskos and I from Athens, Greece. I was born and raised in Greece and came to the US to study at Dartmouth College. I am majoring in Math but also intending to explore other academic areas. I am an avid football (soccer) fan that enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending with his friends. I decided to join Camp Kesem because I saw it as another opportunity to support children that are having a difficult time and allow them to make the best of their childhood.

Camp Kesem at Dartmouth College
Camp Kesem at Dartmouth College
Camp Kesem at Dartmouth College

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.

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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 Dartmouth University was generously provided by Chicago Board members and friends.

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

Lauren Borrill, Regional Program Director – lauren.borrill@kesem.org
Lauren Borrill, Regional Program Director – lauren.borrill@kesem.org

Lauren joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. Her love for Camp Kesem began when she got involved during her first year of college, where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for two years, then Co-Director. Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Health and Neuroscience, where she was also able to use her passion for serving others to get involved with public and global health research projects, focusing on topics including vector borne disease and global conflict. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Lauren currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

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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