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

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
8/10/2020 - 8/15/2020

179 Blue Star Way, Hendersonville, NC 28739

Week 2 Session
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

Friday April 17th 2020

Stateview Hotel

2451 Alumni Drive, Raleigh, NC

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Derek 'Lucky' Duin: The talent show blows me away every year. We have such a diverse talent base within our campers that we've seen everything from friendship bracelet tutorials to rock breaking seminars. Now stretching close to three hours, it's always a wonderful day.

Erin 'Agent' Groce: Dancing around with my campers to Disney songs after the Messy Olympics!

Anvita 'Chikoo' Panajkar: My favorite Kesem memory was being able to spend a week with people I had never met before and make lifelong connections that I will never forget.

Leah 'Astro' Dorn: My favorite Kesem memory is spending time with and talking to my campers!

Aly 'Noodle' Willcox: I am excited to experience the excitement and love of MTM and hopefully be able to have just as much success for the organization as we did last year.

Camryn 'Fudge' Lesser: My favorite Kesem memory is always the first day of camp every year. I love reuniting with all the returning campers and meeting all the new ones. It's the best start to the greatest week of the year!

Rocio 'Waterbug' Antelis: My favorite Kesem memory is Empowerment because we all grow closer. I remember having a Blue Girls hug afterward and we sang Lean On Me together.

Payton 'Croc' Wilber: My favorite Kesem memory was my first year at camp as a counselor and learning the true meaning of Kesem magic.

Tori 'Heinz' Andrews: I am most excited to spend my first summer at Kesem and for Kesem National Leadership Summit this fall!

Emma 'Library' Wallace: My favorite Kesem memory is watching all of the campers bust out their best moves at the all-camp dance party. Also, of course, dancing to the new Jonas Brothers' songs and the Camp Rock songs with the green girls!

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, Regional Program Director –

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.

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.