Camp Kesem at Indiana University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

Event Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Connor “Captain” Kirk: Hey everyone, I’m Captain! I’m a senior from Fort Wayne studying marketing. This is my third year in Kesem and this year I’ll be working as the chapter Co-Director. My favorite camp memory was when a first-year camper looked at me and said that camp had been the best week of his entire life. I love that Kesem gives these campers friends for life. It’s so cool watching campers open up to people who understand them. A fun fact about me is that I have a twin and I’ve ridden a camel!

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Olivia “Tanny Fanny” Gettelfinger: Hey there! My name is Olivia Gettelfinger but I’m better known as Tanny Fanny! I’m originally from Bloomington, Indiana and I am a senior this year studying nursing. I’m one of your Co-Directors this year and can definitely say it is a dream come true. I became a CKIU camper in 2008 and this upcoming summer will be my 12th year at CKIU. My favorite thing about Kesem is the constant love and support that the Kesem family brings. Always under the same moon and stars!

Camp Kesem at Indiana University
Camp Kesem at Indiana University

Katherine “Waldo” Homer: Hi, I’m Waldo! I’m a sophomore from Columbus, IN studying advertising and this is my second year. My favorite camp memory was watching my first year campers come out of their shells and fall in love with the magic of Kesem. Their friendships are based on an understanding of what is going on at home and it’s very humbling to watch these incredibly strong kids have the time of their life for a week. A fun fact about me is that I’m related to Sam Houston!

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Justin “Monty” Olson: Hey, I’m Monty and I’m a sophomore majoring in Accounting and Finance and I’m from Northbrook, IL. This is my second year in Kesem. My favorite memory from camp is having cabin chat with the green unit. It was so heartwarming to hear how much Kesem meant to them. My favorite thing about Kesem is having fun with my campers and seeing them smile, I’m counting the days down until next summer. A fun fact about me is that my favorite cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Camp Kesem at Indiana University
Camp Kesem at Indiana University

Jesse “Knuckles” Sherman: Hey I’m Knuckles and I’m a junior studying Speech and Hearing Science and I’m from Indianapolis. This is my third year in Kesem and I’m so excited to serve as a Development Coord this year! I love Kesem because it is the most selfless/selfish thing you could ever do. You do so much for those kids but they do even more for you. A fun fact about me is that I am unbeatable at Super Smash Bros Brawl.

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Peyton “Grammy” Jefffers: Hey, I’m Grammy! I’m a sophomore majoring in Social Work, and I’m from Indianapolis, IN. This is my second year with Kesem, and I’m honored to be one of the Development Coordinators for this year! My favorite camp memory was all of the early morning dance parties my unit had in our cabin before breakfast. I loved seeing my unit so happy and free to be themselves! Kesem has brought so much light into my life, and I hope is that I can share that with our campers.

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

Sam “Boots” Praeger: My name is Boots! I’m a junior studying Exercise Science and Chemistry, hoping to attend Medical School. I am from Kalamazoo, MI, and I’m so excited to be one of your Make the Magic coordinators this year! This is my third year being a part of Kesem, and my first year on the Coordinator Board. My absolute favorite thing about camp is how it manages to bring so many different people from different backgrounds together to form one single family!

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Maddie “Moo Moo” Weeks: Hi, I’m Moo Moo! I’m a sophomore majoring in Media advertising and public relations from Greenwood, IN. This is my second year with CKIU and I am so excited for this upcoming year as a Make The Magic coordinator. My favorite memory from camp was messy olympic, my teen campers spared me no mercy and absolutely covered in syrup, cake batter and hot sauce. The best thing about Kesem to me is the family it gives you. A fun fact about me is that I am a ping pong connoisseur!

Camp Kesem at Indiana University
Camp Kesem at Indiana University

Tess “Indie” Ruzga: Hi I’m Indie! I’m a senior form Schereville, Indiana studying Human Development and Family Studying. This is my fourth year at Camp Kesem IU, and I’ll be on of the operations coordinators! My favorite thing about Kesem is the job it brings to the kids. Seeing the smiles on their faces and knowing they’re having the best week of their lives is what makes me fall in love with Kesem more and more every year. My favorite cereal is Frosted Flakes because Tony the Tiger has never steered me wrong.

Camp Kesem at Indiana University

Hannah “Nana” Ramsdell: Hi, I’m Nana! I’m a junior this year studying Elementary Education and I’m from Naperville, Illinois. This is my third year being apart of Camp Kesem and I can’t wait to see all the magic this year has in store! This year during our post-empowerment activities, we got to show our love and support for each other. It was amazing to see how my orange unit campers connected with empowered one another. My favorite thing about kesem is the way it unites people from all different walks of life.

Camp Kesem at Indiana University

Sophie “Ewok” Meagher: Hi I’m Ewok! I’m a senior majoring in Epidemiology and I’m from Indianapolis, IN. This is my third year in Camp Kesem and I can’t wait to be an operations coordinator! My favorite memory from camp is the camp dance and being able to hang out with all the campers and counselors, it’s the best way to finish out our week at Camp Kesem! My favorite thing about Camp Kesem is being a part of the Kesem family and goofing around with campers and counselors. This year I rode in IU’s Little 500!

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

Katie “Quincy” Myers: Hi, I’m Quincy! I’m a Junior from Fishers, IN studying Elementary Education. This is my third year in Kesem, and I couldn’t be more excited to be your outreach coordinator. My favorite memory from camp is hanging out in the cabin with my blue girls and seeing them sing and dance to “Dancing Queen”. My favorite thing about Kesem is the community that forms so quickly among all the campers. They come from all different backgrounds but leave camp with a stronger bond and connection.​

Camp Kesem at Indiana University

Sophie “Froggy” Yates: Hey I’m Froggy :) I am a junior working towards my animal behavior and anthropology majors. This is my 14th year going into Kesem, and I am so thankful to be one of the outreach coordinators this year! My favorite thing about Kesem is the feeling it gives me. I love getting to be my best self, and that’s what Kesem and the kids provide me. One fun fact about me is that my favorite smell is damp paper towels.

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

Dustin “Diddy” Kenna: Hi, I’m Diddy and I’m CKIU’s treasurer. I’m a senior studying Supply Chain Management and Information Systems. I’m from Lebanon, Indiana and this is my 4th year involved in Kesem. My favorite camp memory is camping out with the CITs this year and my favorite thing about Kesem and how much of a family we are. A fun fact about me is that I am a leukemia survivor!

Camp Kesem at Indiana University
Camp Kesem at Indiana University

Mike “Sensei” Pitz: Hey, I’m Sensei and I’m a sophomore majoring in Management and Human Organization and minoring in Marketing. I’m from Carmel, IN and this will be my second year in Kesem and I am beyond blessed to be a Volunteer Coordinator. I could go on about what Kesem means to me but my favorite thing about Kesem is the purple unit. I’m the lucky guy that gets to hang out with and herd 6-7 year olds for a whole week and I can’t wait for this year’s camp to see my past campers and meet great new kids.

Camp Kesem at Indiana University

Makalah “Chia” Krick: Hey, I’m Chia! I’m a junior majoring in Social Work, and I’m from Monroeville, IN. This is my second year in Kesem, and I’m so stinking excited to be a volunteer coordinator! My favorite memory from camp was when a first year camper told me that camp changed her life. This just truly showed me the magic of Kesem and what it means to be a Kesemer. My favorite thing about Kesem is building connections with my campers and their families and truly feeling that Kesem magic.

Camp Kesem at Indiana University
Camp Kesem at Indiana University
Camp Kesem at Indiana 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:

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

Camp Kesem at Indiana University

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

Camp Kesem at Indiana 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 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

Abi Yates, Regional Program Director – abi@kesem.org
Abi Yates, Regional Program Director – abi@kesem.org

Abi joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2016. Her first experience of Kesem was in 2005 as a camper at Camp Kesem at Indiana University. After losing her father to cancer in 2010, Abi was inspired to give back by becoming a Camp Kesem counselor in college. In the years following, Abi went to Indiana University and was able to be a Coordinator for three years and served as Co-Director her senior year. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Telecommunications. Originally from San Diego, California, Abi now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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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