Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

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Spring Friends + Family Day

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Make the Magic

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Meet the Team

Annalise “Spoon” Boese: Hi! I’m Spoon and I’m a senior majoring in English Literature. I’m so excited to be serving as Co-Director this year! In the past, I’ve held positions as a Make the Magic Coordinator for two years, and Admin team member, and a Cabin Counselor to the awesome Red Girl Unit!! I love Kesem because of all the special memories and lifelong friendships I’ve made over the last four years. My favorite part of camp is seeing all the campers cheer for each other in the talent show!

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Derek “Lucky” Duin: Hi all, I’m Lucky and I’m a junior at NC State studying Accounting and Statistics. I’m returning for my second year as a Co-Director at Camp Kesem at NC State, previously holding the role as a Make the Magic Coordinator as well. As a member of the Admin Team at camp, my favorite activity is participating in any and all camper magic acts! I Kesem for the uniquely magic community we create.

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Emily “Sundrop” Davis: I’m Sundrop and I’m one of our Co-AMP Coordinators, studying Genetics with a minor in Psychology. I’m a senior and this will be my second year serving in the AMP committee. My favorite song at camp is “Oh, a milkshake!” and I’m honored to have been a camp counselor with Kesem for the past two summers with the Green Girls and with our camp CITs.

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Vince “Sassafras” Del Villar: Yo! I’m Sassafras, or simply “Sass,” and I’m a senior studying Finance and Spanish at NC State. This is my first year officially serving as AMP Coordinator, previously serving as MTM Coordinator in the past! I’ve been a Cabin Counselor to the Blue Boys the past two years and I cannot wait for my third camp next summer. I Kesem because every kid deserves to have this special Kesem magic in their lives. My favorite part of camp is making every camper smile during their time there!

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Shannon “Bug” Grivas: Hi I’m Bug (on the left)! I’m a senior studying Psychology with a minor in Social Work. I love Camp Kesem and have been a member since my sophomore year in college. Last year I was an Outreach Coordinator and this year I’m a Development Coordinator. I’ve been a counselor for two years and cannot wait for this summer to see our campers again!

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Courtney “Boss” Beddoe: I’m Boss and I’m a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Political Science and my favorite camp song is HEYYY BURRITO! I Kesem, not only for my grandfathers who I lost to cancer, but for all of the children in our Kesem family that continue to light up the world even in the darkest times.

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Erin “Agent” Groce: I’m Agent and I’m a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Human Biology. I joined Camp Kesem as a freshman and had a fantastic time being a counselor this past summer! I Kesem because these are some of the most inspiring kids and everyone deserves to experience the magic of camp. Cancer sucks but joining together to provide a community of comfort, encouragement, and smiles, reminds us that we are not alone!

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Aly “Noodle” Wilcox: Hi! My name is Noodle and I am a junior at NC State studying Foreign Language Literature and Education with a concentration in Spanish. I Kesem because although I can’t possibly understand what these children go through daily, I know the joy it brings to the kids and there is nothing more magical in this world than being able to give them the time of their lives, even if it is just a week, because they’ll remember it all year until the next camp!

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Carson “Charms” Zaharis: I’m Charms and I am a senior at North Carolina State University and this will be my third year in a row being an Operations Coordinator and fourth year as a counselor! This past camp I actually served as a CIT counselor to some awesome CIT campersI cannot wait to get to work on this years camp games and more!

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Jake “Floss” Petrillo: My name is Floss and I’m a sophomore at NCSU double majoring in Business Administration and International Studies. I Kesem because when I was young I lost both of my parents. Although it was not due to cancer, I remember what it was like to grow up in an unconventional household and it means the world to me to be able to support these kids and their families. Being able to experience camp and the excitement and joy that it bring to these kids is by far the greatest thing I do.

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Maya “Wildcat” Stafford: Hi I’m Wildcat and I’m a senior double majoring in Business Administration and International Studies. I am so excited to be a co-coord for our Outreach efforts this semester and I Kesem because of all of the amazing lives that I have had the opportunity to change over the past 3 years. I wouldn’t trade our week of Camp Kesem for the world; its my favorite week of the year! I have made so many wonderful friends, counselors and campers alike!

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Kelly “Manatee” Stevens: I’m Manatee and I am a senior studying Animal Science with a Non Profit minor. I love Kesem because it has given me the opportunity to make my time at NC State meaningful. It has also given me a loving and supporting community on campus!

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
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Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Conor “Strike” Anderson: Hi! My name is Strike and I am the treasurer for Camp Kesem at NC State. My good friends Lucky and Guac got me involved last semester, making this my first full year being involved. I was a counselor for the Green Boys this past camp. I am currently a junior at State studying Chemistry. I am honored to be your treasurer this year and I can’t wait for camp!

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Morgan “Belle” Cregan: I’m Belle (in the middle!) and I’m a senior at North Carolina State University. I’ve been involved with Camp Kesem for the past 4 years! I’ve held the positions of Operations Coordinator, Make the Magic Coordinator, and I currently hold the position of Volunteer Coordinator. Camp Kesem holds a big place in my heart and will forever be my favorite part of my college experience.

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

Adam “Guac” Heinen: Hey guys! I’m Guac, a junior in Pre-med at NC State. This is my third year being in Camp Kesem at NCSU and my second year as the Volunteer co-coordinator. Being a counselor for Camp Kesem has been the one the most rewarding experiences I have had, because what we do means so much to these kids and their families. There are no words to express the magnitude of cancer’s effect on a family, but with Kesem we can create something magical.

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University
Camp Kesem at North Carolina 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 North Carolina State University

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

Camp Kesem at North Carolina State University

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

Camp Kesem at North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina State University was generously provided by Holt Brothers 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

Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director – hannah.depriest@kesem.org
Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director – hannah.depriest@kesem.org

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in April 2019. She first fell in love with the organization while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and Co-Director for two. During her time as a student she also served as a Camp Advisor, Camp Prep Volunteer, Funder Prospect Research Intern and on the National Student Panel. She will graduate in May from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Public Relations. From Omaha, Nebraska, she will reside in Chicago, Illinois, and can often be found enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee or exploring new breakfast restaurants.

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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