Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 11-16, 2019

Camp Wasewagan

42121 Seven Oaks Road

Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

Friends + Family Days

Early Spring Friends + Family Day

March 3, 2019

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Late Spring Friends + Family Day

May 29, 2019

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Make the Magic

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Meet the Team

Antoniette “Fuji” Jabat: Hello! My name is Fuji (after my favorite dog in the world) and I am currently a 3rd year majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Biology at CSU Long Beach. In my spare time, I love to read and play with my dogs. Kesem means so much to me because of all the amazing people I have met and I am super excited to have a great first year​

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Teresa “Pinecone” Zhong: Hello! Hola! Bonjour! Ciao! I’m Pinecone! Your first year Director along with my awesome counterpart! I absolutely love to travel. I also love any spontaneous adventures! Over my summers, I teach children how to swim and it’s the most magical thing in the world. Being able to being part of Kesem will be even more magical. I will be able to watch children’s life be changed for the better. The impact I can make on just one child will make all our hard work worth it.

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

Camille “Bananas” Samala: Hii! My name is Bananas, I’m a 4th year Communications major. I am part of Kesem because I want to make a change in the community and the lives of other people beyond my community. I love the positive and inspiring messages camp Kesem brings not only for the kids but also the ones around them!

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Brooke “Bubbles” D’Orlando: Hi my name is Bubbles! I’m a senior at CSU Long Beach and I’m majoring in Health Science. Camp Kesem is an amazing opportunity to make an impact in a child’s life and I’m excited that Cal State Long Beach finally has a chapter! I think it’s important that kids have a good support system to grow and I hope I can help make a change in someone’s life.

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

Denise “Laa-Laa” Pham: Hi hello hey! My name is Laa-Laa and I am a third year Kinesiology major. I’m so humbled to be a part of Long Beach’s first year of camp and even more hyped for the Kesem magic yet to come. My greatest joy in life is to see others smile and so I’m really excited to see all the smiles we’ll bring to these kids at camp this year!​

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Zoe “Tinkerbell” Marley: Hello! My name is Tinkerbell! I chose this name because I’ve loved the movie ever since I was young and I like to wear my hair in a bun. I am a freshman mathematics education major. I was a camper for two years and this will be my first year as a counselor. I Kesem because camp is a home away from home and a family I can always rely on. I like to read books, go to the beach, and hang out with friends.

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

Maxwell “Spruce” La Forest: Hello!! My name is Spruce and I am part of the Camp Kesem team to help create an amazing experience for those who are going through some type of hardship. I want this camp to be a special moment that they look back at and something they look forward to come to.

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Nicholas “Dinosaur” Dinh: Howdy dowdy! My name is Dinosaur and I am a 5th year Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology major with a minor in Chemistry! I am a part of Camp Kesem because I want to make some of the happiest and most unforgettable experiences for counselors and campers alike. I look forward to making those memories and I can’t wait to commence with camp in the summer!

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

Brigitta “Poppy” Fields: My name is Poppy, I am a second year Health Science major at CSULB. I am part of Camp Kesem because it is such an amazing cause that has great meaning. To be included in a group that has the chance to provide happiness in these kids live’s is an opportunity I could never pass up.

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

Brittany “Sunflower” Cheung: My name is Sunflower and I’m a 4th year Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology major. I am super stoked to be one of the Outreach co-coordinator and contribute all that I can. I’m part of Kesem because working with kids has always been a passion of mine. I love to be positive and enjoy having fun!

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Long Beach State
Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

Alexis “Coconut” Truong: Hi! My name Coconut and I’m a freshman at CSULB, currently majoring in Business Management! Camp Kesem gives me the opportunity to meet amazing new friends and support kids through laughter and fun!!​

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

Christopher “Skippy” Barrientos: My name is Skippy! I am a 5th year at CSULB. My major is biology with an option in molecular cell biology and physiology. I am from Lakewood, CA, I have a pet rabbit, and in my free time I enjoy playing basketball. I am a part of Camp Kesem because I want to be a part of organizing a camp for kids whose parents have been affected by cancer.

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

Chloe “Meeko” Olvera: Hi!!! I am Meeko and a 3rd year Kinesiology: Exercise Science major at CSULB. I love kickboxing, yoga, biking, and hiking. I’m also a loving mother of two dogs. I’m part of Camp Kesem because of my family members who were affected by cancer. I saw the struggles of what both my family and I experienced so I hope to be a ray of sunshine for all the campers I have the pleasure of meeting!

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State
Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

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 Long Beach State

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

Camp Kesem at Long Beach State

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 Long Beach State

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 Long Beach State was generously provided by Jessica Berman 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

Chelsea Saurer, Regional Program Director – chelsea.saurer@kesem.org
Chelsea Saurer, Regional Program Director – chelsea.saurer@kesem.org

Chelsea joined the Camp Kesem National staff as a Regional Program Director for the Southern California region in 2018. A Sacramento native, she made the jump to SoCal to attend UCLA, where is was involved with Kesem all four years. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Education, and a passion for working with children. Even though she misses her dog back in Sacramento, she loves living in LA. In her free time, you can find Chelsea eating ice cream, catching up on the latest in pop culture, going to concerts, or exploring the city.

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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