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

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/26/2020 - 8/1/2020

4990 Picciola Rd, Fruitland Park, FL 34731

Week 2 Session
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, February 15th 2020

403 Stadium Dr, Building B, Tallahassee, FL 32306

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Morgan 'Dimple' Timmerman: My favorite Kesem memory was our first camp song at CKFSU this past summer. It was exciting to hear everyone shouting "Hey Burrito" at the top of their lung, but it was even more exciting to see how much our chapter has grown in one short year.

Maryn 'Birdie' Douglass: My favorite Kesem memory is from the Talent Show, when one unit of campers sang on stage, but more and more campers joined them on stage by the end of the song! The stage was completely full!

Alanis 'Avalanche' Cartaya: Messy Olympics, when one of my campers was persistent on making sure I was covered head to toe in paint. It made me realize that even though you are with these kids for one week, you create a forever bond with them.

Olivia 'topanga' Johnson: my favorite Kesem memory is my first time playing gaga ball, and one of our campers Litten won! everyone was so genuinely happy and I will never forget it!

Alina 'Luna' Korray: My favorite Kesem memory is the silent disco party we had this past summer! It was so heart warming to see all of our campers dancing with huge smiles on their faces and singing their hearts out!

Mikayla 'Homeskillet' Rickard: My favorite memory is playing knockout basketball with a big group of campers of all ages. Everyone was laughing so hard and smiling so big, and I remember feeling this overwhelming sense of pure happiness and inclusivity.

Mary 'Sunny' Deschler: My favorite Kesem memory is from pre-empowerment cabin chat this past year. Every camper shared what brought them to Kesem and how it has helped them heal. It was amazing watching them all open up and lean on each other! That's the magic of Kesem!

Isabel 'Shortstop' Jimenez: My favorite Kesem memory would have to be watching all of my campers have a blast at the silent disco!

Jack 'Old Bay' Murtagh: My favorite memory is silent disco!

Danielle 'Croc' Dede: My favorite Kesem memory is feeling providing support and feeling supported by the incredible community.

Casey 'Patch' Kenoyer: Definitely the silent disco we had this past summer! Dancing around with my campers with everyone singing at the top of their lungs, it was so much fun! There was so much joy and energy in the room, it makes me smile just thinking about it!

Matthew 'Sully' Caruso: My favorite Kesem memory occurred this past year.I was one of the Operations Coordinators and helped plan the entire week of camp for the FSU Chapter.Seeing the children and counselors' reactions to the games and events that I helped plan was AMAZING

Christina 'Shamu' Vallone: My favorite Kesem memory was Silent Disco. I loved watching our campers and counselors dance with so much joy.

Vincent 'Scooby' Scotese: My favorite Kesem memory was silent disco!!

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 Rivera, Regional Program

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.

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.