Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 6-10, 2019

YMCA Camp Shaver

22900 NM-4

Jemez Springs, NM 87025

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

December 1, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

March 9, 2019

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Make the Magic

May 4, 2019 at 6:00pm

Corbett Center Student Union

Las Cruces, NM 88003

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Meet the Team

Luke “T-Bone” Sanchez: Hey everybody! My name is Luke Sanchez, camp name T-Bone, and I am presently two years into my pursuits of a bachelors of science in Biology here at New Mexico State University! I do Kesem because I believe by building a community based in love and support for the children of today, we are actively advocating for a better tomorrow. Kesem is truly magical and I could only hope the impact it has on the kiddos who participate translates to a happy future filled with love.

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Jewell “Cruiser” Robideau: Hello! My name is Jewell Robideau. My camp name is Cruiser. I chose to be a part of Camp Kesem because I have seen first hand the kind of magic that camp can bring to kids, especially kids who don’t always have the luxury of acting like a kid. I want to provide this opportunity to as many children as I can. It is truly a beautiful thing and I am honored to be a part of it.

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

Hello my name is Ethan Sullivan and my camp name is Alpine! I am a freshman at New Mexico State and am studying communication. I choose to be involved with Camp Kesem because both my parents suffered through cancer and I want to give other kids who are going through something similar a life changing experience, like ewhat I received through my involvement with Camp Kesem throughout the years.

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Hey I’m Zucchini! This is my second year studying creative writing, I love to paint and be outside! I am so excited to be a part of camp kesem and to have the opportunity to help make the magic happen for some incredible kids.

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

Alondra “Snorlax” Ulloa: I am Alondra Ulloa. My camp name is Snorlax, I joined Camp Kesem because I know how hard it is for a family to deal with Cancer and being able to share the magic of camp with kids when they are going through this difficult moment is always been a dream of mine. There is nothing better than seeing a kid smile.

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

Isabella M “Jelly Belly” Lucero: I’m 19 and attend New Mexico State University and I’m majoring in Animal Science and minoring in Companion Animals. I would like to be a nutritionist on a ranch or train service dogs. I was in 4-H for about 8 years showing animals, sewing and on the shooting team. Kesem holds a big spot in my heart and I would like to continue to be apart of Kesem for as long as I can.

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

Lucas “Ninetails” Medina: I am Lucas Medina. My Camp Kesem name is Ninetails. This is my second year as operations coordinator. I Kesem for the campers, to let the kids just be kids again. To see the smiles and laughing bright young faces of the future makes me really happy to know that I did my Kesem job. I want to help these strong young adults forget about cancer through Camp Kesem. I know I am going to camp until there is a cure.

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

Cameron “Zia” Vallejos: Hi! I’m Cameron Vallejos, camp name Zia, and I’m a sophomore double majoring in Elementary Education and English at NMSU! This is my first year with Kesem, and I joined because not only do I absolutely love working with kids but I also have seen the effects cancer has on families, and I want to do my absolute best to alleviate as much of that as possible, as well as provide a strong support system through Camp Kesem! The work we’re doing is so important, and I can’t wait to see it in action!

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

Ethan “Alpine” Sullivan: Hey everybody my name is Ethan Sullivan (Camp name: Alpine). I am a sophomore and am studying communication. This year I will be serving as the outreach coordinator for the team! I Kesem because I want to give back to families the same level of love and support that I have received throughout my years of being apart of the organization.

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

Ethan “Gibson” Urquidez: Hello! My name is Ethan, and my camp name is Gibson. I chose to be involved in Camp Kesem because it seemed like a great opportunity to give back to the community! This is my first year with Camp Kesem, and despite having not yet gone to a camp, I’ve seen first-hand what it does for the families and for the people who are involved in it. I’m so happy to be a part of what we do, and I’m excited to put my efforts into making camp great! :)

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
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Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

Hi there! My name is Rawan, and my camp name is . I’m currently majoring in Genetics, and I plan on getting a minor in biochemistry. After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I plan on attending medical school and acquire a medical and PhD, and become an oncologist.

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

Alex “Carter” Apodaca: My name is Alex Apodaca and my camp name is Carter! I choose to be a part of camp kesem to give back to my community and be part of something bigger than myself. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was growing up and I want to be able to give kids a chance to develop a community where they have not only a support system but also an additional family. Camp is a week where the kids can have fun and realize that they aren’t alone and will help spread that kesem magic!

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

Alex “Tofu” Johnson: I’m Tofu and I got involved in Camp Kesem because I needed a family to be apart of on campus and T-bone invited me to become part of Camp Kesem so I can be apart of a family, and that’s exactly what it’s become. Camp Kesem is my family and on top of gaining a family I get to extend that familial love and bond to kids who really need the love and support.

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

Stephanie “Sunny” Schmidt: I am a sophomore here at NMSU! My goal is to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Social work. I want to work with kids and help make the environment they live in into a better one. I think that Camp Kesem does an amazing job at this! I love volunteering for Kesem because we truly are one big family at NMSU. I am excited to see how much our chapter grows this year, and to see all the new lives we can touch at camp!

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University
Camp Kesem at New Mexico 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 New Mexico State University

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

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University

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

Camp Kesem at New Mexico 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 New Mexico 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

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University was generously provided by Anna Davis and Lewis Kaufman.

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

Brittani Hammer, Regional Program Director – brittani@kesem.org
Brittani Hammer, Regional Program Director – brittani@kesem.org

Brittani joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. She first became involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a counselor and continued on to become a Development Coordinator and Co-Director. Brittani loved volunteering as a part of Camp Kesem where she was able to apply concepts she had studied in the classroom and make an impact in the community. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Nonprofit Management. She is from Lakeport, California and currently resides in Orem, Utah.

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.

Camp Kesem at New Mexico State University