Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

July 28 – August 2, 2019

Warren Willis Methodist Camp

4991 Picciola Rd

Fruitland Park, FL 34731

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 28, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 13, 2019

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Make the Magic

February 9, 2019 at 6:00pm

Women’s Club of Tallahassee

1513 Cristobal Drive

Tallahassee, FL 32303

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Madison “Flounder” Brown is majoring in Family and Child Sciences. This is her fourth year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is the glow dance party after Empowerment and watching all of the campers have the time of their lives with their Kesem family!

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Katie “Coffee” Coffey is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. This is her third year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is performing in the talent show with the yellow unit girls!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Jess “McNugget” Sarnelli is majoring in Criminology. This is her second year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is the glow in the dark dance party after Empowerment!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Alina “Luna” Korray is double majoring in Editing, Writing, & Media and Advertising. This is her second year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is the paint war during messy olympics and getting to watch all of the campers run around smiling with their Kesem family!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Lauren “Giggles” Bodden is majoring in International Affairs. This is her second year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is when Bright Spot and Dude performed their own magic trick at the talent show. Bright Spot told the audience that he had to listen to and smell the card to confirm it was the right card and had everyone laughing so hard!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Mary “Sunny” Deschler is majoring in Family and Child Sciences. This is her second year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is when her campers did her nails and makeup at spa day!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Morgan “Dimple” Timmerman is majoring in Clinical Professions. This is her second year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is cabin chats with the yellow unit girls because she enjoyed watching everyone grow and really open up throughout the week!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Sofia “Daisy” Capezza is majoring in Social Science Education. This is her third year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is the dance party after empowerment!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Mikayla “Homeskillet” Rickard is majoring in Elementary Education. This is her second year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is doing her secret handshake with Bright Spot every time they saw each other, even if they were just passing by in the lunchroom!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Matthew “Sully” Caruso is majoring in Sport Management and minoring in Business and Psychology. This is his third year with Camp Kesem. His favorite memory is getting his makeup done by Goldilocks and KyKy his first year of camp because he loves being pampered and told he looks pretty!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Annemarie “Hei Hei” Juin is majoring in Nursing. This is her second year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is watching the hard work the kids put in practicing for the talent show all week come together as an amazing and fun show for everyone!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Amber “Sprinkles” Greenup is majoring in Biology. This is her second year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is when she was dressed up as Pebbles from The Flinstones for prehistoric day and Sonic told her she looked like guacamole and chips!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Jackie “Sprout” Schatzman is majoring in Biology. This is her second year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is getting ready for the talent show with her campers and watching them work together to make sure everyone had a chance to contribute, from learning the “In My Feelings” dance from a camper to watching our artists at work drawing the set!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Maryn “Birdie” Douglass is majoring in International Affairs. This is her second year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is running around messy olympics throwing paint everywhere!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Casey “Patch” Kenoyer is majoring in Nursing. This is her second year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is laughing hysterically with her fellow counselors and campers at the last night of cabin chat this past summer. She felt so much love and joy in that moment!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
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Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Tyler “Starman” Duek is majoring in Philosophy. This is his second year with Camp Kesem. His favorite memory is hanging out with the campers after cabin chats!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Caroline “Care Bear” Mozo is majoring in Interior Design. This is her fourth year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is leading Empowerment this past camp. She loved getting to watch everyone open up and witness just how strong our campers are!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University

Tina “Shamu” Valone is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. This is her second year with Camp Kesem. Her favorite memory is the post Empowerment dance party!

Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State University
Camp Kesem at Florida State 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 Florida State University

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

Camp Kesem at Florida State University

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

Camp Kesem at Florida State 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 Florida State 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 Florida State 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

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

Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Directorjean-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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