Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Sunday, October 13, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Brooke “Blossom” Beermann: Hey hey HEY! My name is Blossom and I am a 3rd year Health and Human Sciences major at Loyola Marymount University! I’m originally from Denver, Colorado, so I love exploring Los Angeles! This is my second year with Camp Kesem and I am so excited to work alongside Lasagna this year to help bring endless Kesem love and magic to such amazing and inspiring kiddos! I can’t wait for more s’mores, songs, and smiles this summer!​

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Samantha “Lasagna” Davis: Hi there! I’m Lasagna, one of CK LMU’s Co-Directors! I’m a senior philosophy major from Los Angeles. I’m a member of Alpha Phi, the Phi Sigma Tau philosophy honors society, and host a radio show on KLMU. I joined Camp Kesem because of my interest in bioethics and because I want to make a difference in the lives of those in adverse medical circumstances in whatever way I can. I’m so excited to continue working as a director to put on another camp for the great kiddos that Kesem serves!

Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University

Hannah “Sunflower” Polayes: HI FRIENDS! My name is Sunflower and I am a sophomore marketing major with a minor in theatre from the Bay Area. I am the Vice President of Alpha Phi on campus and enjoy hiking, laying on the beach, eating all kinds of food, and singing/acting! I joined Camp Kesem because of my love for children and want to help those who have been affected by cancer. Fun fact: I am trained in doing gymnastic on horses!​

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Maddie “Poptart” Deposo: Hi everyone! I’m Poptart! I’m LMU’s Marketing and Public Relations (AMP) Co-Coordinator! I am a senior Communications Studies major with a Political Science minor from Orange County, CA. I’m also a member of Alpha Phi and the Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honors Society at LMU. I joined Camp Kesem because I want to use my passion for helping others to bring joy to children who had to grow up too soon and allow them to forget about their struggles at home—even if its just for a week at camp!

Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University

Joanie “Sour Patch” Searle: Hi! My name is Sour Patch! I am one of the Development Co-coordinators! I am originally from Orange County, California, and I am currently a senior theatre arts major. I am a member of Alpha Phi and love to watch movies and hang out with my friends, family and dogs! I am so excited to be a part of camp Kesem for a second year! I couldn’t wait to join last year, as I have a passion for helping others and working with kids!

Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University

Meabh “Bobo” Scally: Hey there friends! My name is Bobo and I am a development coordinator for LMU CK! I cannot wait to be apart of Camp Kesem for a second year. This organization means so much to me and I am so grateful for the love and joy that it has brought so many, including myself. Fun fact about me: Blossom and I just recently found out we are cousins!

Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University

Catherine “Kit Kat” Trefzger: Hi there, it’s Kit Kat here, LMU’s Operations Coordinator! I’m a senior Health and Human Sciences major from Orange County. I’m actively involved as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta! I joined Camp Kesem because of my love for kids and my commitment to help others, especially those affected by a medical issue. I’m so thankful and excited to be a part of Camp Kesem for a second year! ​

Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University

Chris “Simba” Hartman: Hi, its Chris Hartman from Camp Kesem! I am your Outreach Co-Coordinator this year and I’m excited for a great camp ahead. I’m a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University majoring in entrepreneurship and economics. I am involved on campus in Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and work as a financial literacy instructor to high schools in the Westchester area. I joined Camp Kessem because I want to make a difference in the community and help create fun and safe camp experiences similar to the ones I had as a kid. So excited to be working with everyone involved in Kesem this year!

Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University

Mia “Quesadilla” Samson: Hi! I’m Mia Samson and I’m CK LMU’s newest Outreach Co-Coordinator. I’m a junior economics major from Marin County, California. At LMU I’m involved with Student Workers and I work in the LMU CARES office! I joined Camp Kesem because I love being around kids and wanted to find a new way to give back to the community. I’m so excited to be a part of giving our families a great camp experience this coming summer!

Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
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Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University

Michael “M&M” Messina: Greetings! I’m M&M and I am the treasurer for LMU Camp Kesem. I am a senior economics major from Orange County, California. I love baseball, long walks on the beach, and going to concerts! I love working with Camp Kesem and making a difference for so many kids, I can’t wait for camp this summer and hope to make it the best we can!

Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University

Brandon “Bubbles” Lawler: Hello friends! My name is Bubbles and I am a volunteer coordinator here at Camp Kesem. I am an entrepreneurship major from Seattle and am a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. I joined Camp Kesem to spread the love to all the kids at camp who are going through tough times. I love sports, food, and travel. I was abroad in Germany for half of my junior year and I am continuing to plan trips around the world. I can’t wait for camp this summer!

Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University
Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount 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 Loyola Marymount University

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

Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount University

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

Camp Kesem at Loyola Marymount 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 Loyola Marymount 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 Loyola Marymount University was generously provided by the 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.

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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