Camp Kesem at Fresno State

Camp Kesem at Fresno State

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Camp Kesem at Fresno State
Camp Kesem at Fresno State

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/15/2020 - 6/20/2020

Camp Pacifica

45895 CA-49

Ahwahnee, CA 93601

Week 2 Session
Week 3 Session

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

11/10/2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

3/28/2020

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Make the Magic

4/25/2020

Fort Washington Golf & Country Club

10272 N Millbrook Avenue

Fresno CA 93730

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Kayleigh 'Red' O'Connor: Hey friends!! My name is Red, and I'm third-year, Political Science major. This year, I am absolutely thrilled to serve as Co-Director alongside the best co, Pockets. Camp is the most wonderful time of the year, and I'm so excited!!

Alexandra 'Pockets' Chavez: Hi everyone! My name is Pockets and I am in my final year at Fresno State studying Kinesiology, Exercise Science. This is my third year volunteering with Camp Kesem and I am beyond excited to contribute to our chapter one last time. It is an honor to

Tanzila 'Cheez-It' Alam: It’s only my first year with Kesem, but I’m already beyond grateful to join this amazing family. I’m thrilled to serve as an AMP coordinator alongside my co, Sprinkles, to help our chapter grow from the continual support of our amazing community!

Jenna 'Sprinkles' Aoki: After two amazing years of being on the coordinator board, I decided to come back for a third! I absolutely love seeing how our Kesem family has grown throughout the years and I can’t wait for this year with my co, Cheez-It.

Cory 'IncrediBoy' Faamausili: Hey y'all it's IncrediBoy coming to Camp Kesem for a second year! I'm a third year at Fresno State studying Dance. Joining Camp Kesem has truly changed my life for the better and I'm excited to plan another great camp with my amazing coordinators!

Wesley 'Ganondorf' Hatcher: Hello everybody! I am Ganondorf, a third year biochemistry major with a minor in music. This is my first year being a part of Camp Kesem, and I am uber-stoked to help us reach our fundraising goals this year!

Gianna 'Frenchie' Console: Hi there, I'm Frenchie! I am so excited to be a co-coordinator for Make the Magic this year! We have so many great ideas in mind to make our event magiCKal! I cannot wait to see the impact that our Camp Kesem chapter makes on our community this year!

Noah 'Two By Two (TBT)' Contreras: I’m Two by Two (TBT) and I am a Junior at Fresno State. I am so stoked that I get the chance to join the Kesem squad this year and have the opportunity to plan this year’s Make the Magic with my co-coordinator, Frenchie!

Nayeli 'crunchy' Munoz: Hi friends! My name is Crunchy and I'm a sophomore majoring in liberal studies at Fresno State. I’m so lucky to be an operations coordinator and put on an awesome camp with the help of my amazing co-coordinators Nessie & Mamalay!

Keyana 'Nessie' Washington: Hi! My name is Nessie (as in, the Loch Ness Monster—obv) and I’m a third year Deaf Education major at Fresno State. I’m super hyped to put on a great camp this year with the help of my Co-Coordinators, Crunchy and Mamalay.

Jonathan 'Banshee' Gonzalez: What’s up!! My name is Banshee and this is my second year with Kesem and my first year as coordinator. Becoming a counselor has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done, the kids have such a great energy that radiates when you're around them.

Madison 'Baloo' Garcia: My favorite Kesem memory would be when my squad, yellow unit introduced ourselves at camp. We all rhymed something with our names and posed as if someone was taking a picture. It was the most magical and fun moment of my entire summer.

Hayley 'Mamalay' Brown: Hey Camp Kesem! I'm Mamalay and I'm so excited to serve Camp Kesem as the Teen Leadership Programmer this year! I absolutely fell in love with the goals and ideals that Camp Kesem upholds and my unit (blue unit represent). Can't wait to see you all!

Alexis 'Smiles' Fiorentino: Hello Friends! My name is Smiles! I just graduated from Fresno State with my BA in Liberal Studies and will be starting the teaching credential program in January. This will be my third year with Camp Kesem. I spent my first year as Red Unit Counse

Narek 'Narwhal' Khatchikian: Heyyyyyyy Camp Kesem! I’m Narwhal and I’m a Junior majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. Two years ago, I joined this amazing organization as a counselor of the orange unit boys and made so many unforgettable memories.

Isabelle 'Poppy' Castro: Hey Friends! My name is Poppy and I am a senior here at Fresno State. This is my third year volunteering with Camp Kesem and I am so excited to serve on the Coordinator board. Camp Kesem means so much to me and has had a major impact on my life. I fe

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 Fresno State University was generously provided by the Hellman Foundation and the Bobby Jackson Foundation.

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

Meag Donnelly, Regional Program Director – meag.donnelly@kesem.org

Meag Donnelly, Regional Program Director – meag.donnelly@kesem.org

Meag joined Camp Kesem at West Virginia University in the chapter’s inaugural year in 2015 as an Outreach Coordinator. In the years to follow, she served as an Alumni, Marketing & PR Coordinator, followed by Co-Director her senior year. She also served as a Camp Advisor for the University of Kansas and University of Arkansas in the summer of 2018. She joined the Camp Kesem National team in August 2018 as a Regional Program Director. Meag graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing with a minor in Business Administration from WVU. She currently resides in Bonita Springs, Florida.

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.