Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

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Spring Friends + Family Day

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Make the Magic

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Meet the Team

Cassie “Nugget” McPherron: Hey y’all! Nugget here, I’m a sophomore double majoring in Professional Aviation Flight Technology and Aviation Management. I got involved with Camp Kesem at the end of my freshman year as part of the voting campaign and now I have the amazing opportunity to be one of the Co-Directors alongside my bff cheesecake. I’m so excited to see what we can accomplish this year with our first year of camp and the lives that we are going to change.

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Nicole “Cheesecake” Hoover is a senior at Indiana State studying Recreation Therapy and Spanish. She first heard about Kesem through some friends at other universities and started efforts to bring CK to ISU last summer. She is incredibly excited to see all the amazing things ISU will do their first year and can’t wait to see the organization grow after she leaves! CK has already had a huge impact on her life in the past year and she’s thankful for everything this organization has brought her, such as nugget.

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

Jillian Bontjes is a sophomore studying Communication at Indiana State University. She is from Westville, Illinois and got involved with Kesem this year as one of the AMP coordinators. She is very excited to be a part of Kesem and can’t wait to get more involved!

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

Hayley Thompson grew up in New Baden, Illinois and is majoring in Pre-Medicine Public Health Science. She hopes to go on to medical school after graduation and plans to work with children. She got involved with Camp Kesem her freshman year after her own mother was diagnosed with cancer, hoping to bring something positive out of it and help others.

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

Madilyn “Sunshine” Coomes is an Athletic Training Applied Medicine Concentration major with a minor in Massage Therapy at Indiana State University. She plans on going to graduate school for physical therapy and one day dreams of owning her own practice. Sunshine loves hanging out outside and being active. She loves to ride horses, run, swim, ride bikes, and play basketball. Sunshine is a one of a Co- Developmental Coordinator for Camp this year and is excited to meet all the campers this year.

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Abbey Hemmen is a sophomore studying English and Political Science at Indiana State. She joined Camp Kesem during her Freshman year. This year, she is a Development Coordinator and she is super excited to be able to see ISU’s chapter get started.

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

Chevy “Pork Chop” Elliot: Hi I’m Pork Chop and I am a junior at Indiana State University studying insurance and finance (boring I know). I am is on the Coordinator Board as one of the operations coordinators! I got involved with Kesem because my dad battled cancer (and won woo!) so I knows how tough it can be! I am super excited to have fun and help people!

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

Maleah Huser: My name is Maleah, I am a junior Human Development and Family Studies major! I am originally from a super small town right beside Muncie, Indiana. I have a passion for working with children and families and I hope to be a pre-school administrator someday! I joined Camp Kesem because I want to make a difference in children and families’ lives, as well as take on an amazing leadership opportunity!

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

Grace “Grasshopper” Nelson is a sophomore from Winslow, Indiana. She is studying nursing with a minor in massage therapy. She loves kids and is very excited to serve as Outreach Co-coordinator this year!

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

Lillie “Manhattan” Petro: Hi! My name is Manhattan and I’m a junior studying Speech language pathology at ISU. I’m from Columbus, Indiana and I joined Camp Kesem last Fall, when ISU was trying to get a chapter. I absolutely love what Camp Kesem has to offer for the campers as well as the counselors and I am so excited see it grow throughout this year. I am so happy to be a part of this group of amazing people and coordinators and I am excited for camp in the summer!

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
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Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

Austin “Brother Bear” Allen: Hi I’m Brother Bear! I’m a sophomore at ISU and am currently studying mathematics. This is my first year in Camp Kesem and I am the current treasurer. I want to help with Camp Kesem because my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2017 and it was the hardest thing I have ever had to go through, my mom was my rock growing up. When I heard there was a way to help kids that have gone/are going through the same thing I instantly wanted to help in any way I could!​

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

Jake Funkhouser is a Sophomore studying Political Science and is from Terre Haute, IN. This is his first year working with Camp Kesem and he is honored to be a part of the first year here at ISU. He is one of the Volunteer Coordinators this year and is looking forward to taking part in something much bigger than himself. Jake feels that this is a very humbling experience, and is excited to meet the campers, parents, and all of the Kesem staff this summer!

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana State University
Camp Kesem at Indiana 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 Indiana State University

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

Camp Kesem at Indiana State University

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

Camp Kesem at Indiana 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 Indiana 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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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

Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director – kofi.bonsu@kesem.org
Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director – kofi.bonsu@kesem.org

Kofi joined the Kesem National team in April 2019 as a Regional Program Director. He first became involved with Camp Kesem while attending the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Driven and excited by an opportunity to serve others who have also been affected by a parent's cancer, he served as an Operations Coordinator before becoming a Chapter Co-Director the following year. After graduating in 2017, he was blessed with an opportunity to continue serving the chapter as a CIT Counselor. Previously, he has also worked in higher education counseling, non-profit educational media, as well as with fostered, minority, underserved and underrepresented, youth populations. He hopes to do his part to help Kesem Magic spread so that no child ever has to go through cancer alone! Kofi is originally from San Diego, California and will be relocating to Chicago, Illinois.

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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