Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

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Camp Kesem at Michigan State University
Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/5/2020 - 7/11/2020

9505 W Ludington Dr, Lake, MI, MI 48632

Week 2 Session
8/16/2020 - 8/22/2020

9505 W Ludington Dr, Lake, MI, MI 48632

Week 3 Session

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day


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Spring Friends + Family Day


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Make the Magic

Saturday, April 18th 2020

MSU Union, 49 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Jack 'Apollo' Spehn: I am most looking forward to spending another year with my Kesem family. They are the most passionate and amazing people I have ever met, and I am ready to give it my all for my last year!

Kelly 'Comma' Hansen: It's difficult to identify a single favorite memory, but I'll always remember my first year at checkout. It was here that I was able to interact one-on-one with my campers' parents and personally hear from them what kind of impact our work has.

Evan 'Moana' VandePutte: My favorite Kesem memory was during my first week of camp ever. I gave one of my white unit girl campers a red white and blue bandana to wear for the week so that we could match. When she got picked up she was so excited to show her parents!

Gabrielle 'Peaches ' Perez : My favorite Kesem memory was my first day of camp when all the campers began arriving at camp and I could see and feel how excited they were for the week to come, even though I had never attended camp I knew this would be an amazing week.

Emily 'Dilly' Rick: My favorite Kesem memory is the Cabin Chat with my blue and green unit girls on the last night of camp this past summer.

Jesse 'Ditto' Fannon: It's hard to pick just one of my favorite memories, so I'm going to say that I am most looking forward to camp this upcoming, because it's the best week of the year... full of bravery, love, and waking up with a sore jaw from smiling so much!!!

Nick 'Moose' Ignatoski: My favorite Kesem memory is seeing all my campers try new things and grow throughout the week of camp!

Bryce 'Creed' Houser: Opportunity to effectively run operations and set up future coordinators for success

Riley 'Keys' Board: My favorite Kesem memory is having the opportunity to be a Junior Camp Advisor for the past two summers. This has allowed me to experience other chapter's traditions and meet so many amazing people along the way!

Carleigh 'Wafflez' Lewaniak: One moment that I think about regularly is what happens directly following Empowerment. As each camper and counselor walk hand in hand toward the fire pit, an indescribable love can be felt as we sang "I will Stand by You."

Emily 'Tot' Bono: My favorite Kesem memory was leading our chapter's empowerment ceremony this year! We dressed up in costumes afterwards and had a dance party with campers doing counselors' makeup!

Andrew 'Grinch' Keller: My favorite Kesem memory is winning Stand up lunch against some of the TLP campers!

Hannah 'Red' Boomer: It's way too hard to pick just one favorite Kesem memory, but one of my favorite memories was playing Poison Dart Frog with Pink Unit at camp this past summer!

Dominik 'Heisenberg' Mackowski: My favorite Kesem memory is more of a combination of experiences. Each time I return to camp and see the campers, I see the looks on the faces and in their eyes and I know that we are making a difference for these kids. These are my Kesem moments.

Ben 'Sandals' Alexander: My favorite kesem memory was empowerment during week one of camp over the past summer

Grace 'Eggo' Deerwester: My favorite Kesem memory would be getting chosen to be the counselor sundae at Messy Olympics my first year of camp.

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 Michigan State University

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

Camp Kesem at Michigan State University

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

Camp Kesem at Michigan 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 Michigan 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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Kling Family 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

Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director –
Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director –

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.

Warm Welcome

Kesem's care package program that immediately includes all families into our greater community in a personal, supportive manner.

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.

Special Deliveries

Provides all children with personalized greetings–delivered by either traditional or electronic mail.

Online Resources

Provides online access to topical resources–including publications, books, organizations and resources.