Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

June 9-14, 2019

JCC Rainbow Day Camp

W3985 Trails End Rd

Fredonia, WI 53021

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 4, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 6, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Elements Preserved

51 S. Spring Street

Loft 125A

Elgin, IL 60120

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Ria “Muggy” Sangsomwong: – Hi hello – I’m Muggy! I’m a nursing and I’m super excited to be the Co-Director for my senior year! This is my third year involved with Camp Kesem. My favorite memory is our Empowerment Ceremony and my favorite camp songs are the Toast Song and Razzle Dazzle!

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Alexis “Peaches” Mugnolo: Hi! My name is Peaches and I’m a senior pre-nursing major! This is my second year in Camp Kesem and my favorite camp song is the Jellyfish Song!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Alex “Cookie” Epperson: Hi, my name is Cookie! I am a sophomore Pre-Nursing major and have been involved in Camp Kesem for two years! My favorite camp memory was our shaving cream fight and I love the camp song Hey Burrito!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Payton “Goldie” Randazzo: Hi, my name is Goldie! I am a junior studying Elementary Education and this is my second year in Camp Kesem! My favorite camp song is Go Bananas!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Amanda “Opal” Surrusco: Hi! My name is Opal and this is my third year in Camp Kesem! I am a junior studying Early Childhood Education. My favorite camp memory is our talent show this past summer, Kesem’s Got Talent!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Noah “Chef” Thornburgh: I’m Chef and this is my first year involved with Camp Kesem! I’m a junior studying philosophy. I’m excited to play games with our campers, like dodgeball!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Ashley “Rex” Marroquin: Hey! I’m Rex! I am a senior studying Child Development with a minor in Deafness and ESL. This is my second year in Camp Kesem and my favorite memory was our Empowerment Ceremony!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Nicole “Sapphire” Kalemba: Hi! I’m Sapphire and this is my second year involved in Camp Kesem! I am a sophomore studying Special Education. My favorite memory is our Empowerment Ceremony and my favorite camp song is Button Factory!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Hannah “Gibby” Gilbert: Hey! My name is Gibby and I’m a junior Nursing major. This is my second year in Camp Kesem! I love Color Wars and my favorite camp song is Little Red Wagon!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Julieann “Jamz” Schwarz: My name is Jamz! I am a junior Early Childhood Education major. This is my second year in Camp Kesem and I’m super excited for all the fun activities I’ll be planning with Gibby as Ops!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Vanessa “Malibu” Evaristo: Hi, my name is Malibu! I am a junior studying Nursing. This is my second year in Camp Kesem. I loved our talent show, Kesem’s Got Talent, and working with my cabin!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Cindy “Willow” Palmer: Hi! My name is Willow! I am a junior Nursing major and have been in Camp Kesem for two years now. My favorite camp activity is playing Gaga ball!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Barbara “Big Mac” Westerfield: Hi! I’m Big Mac! I’m a freshman Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Systems major and I’m brand new to Camp Kesem this year! I’m super excited to spend time with all our kiddos this summer!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Andrew John “Dewë” Knox: Hey! I’m Dewë and I’m a junior studying Management and Marketing. This is my second year in Camp Kesem! My favorite camp activity is archery and my favorite camp song is Walking Through the Jungle!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Mike “Dallas” Roberts: I’m Dallas and I’m a senior Sociology major. This is my second year in Camp Kesem and my favorite activity from this past summer were our mealtimes!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Logan “Patrick Star” Erber: Hey! My name is Patrick Star! I am a junior studying physical education and have been in Camp Kesem for 2 years now. My favorite camp memory was seeing the smiles on our kids’ faces!

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois 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 Northern Illinois University

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

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

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

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois 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 Northern Illinois 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 Northern Illinois University was generously provided by Aaron Hadley Fundraising Campaign.

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 Montoya, Regional Program Director – hannah.montoya@@kesem.org
Hannah Montoya, Regional Program Director – hannah.montoya@kesem.org

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Her passion for Kesem began when she joined the founding team at Brown University, where she served as an Alumni, PR, Marketing coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Operations Coordinator, and Chapter Co-Director her senior year. During this time, she also served as a Junior Camp Advisor and Camp Preparation Volunteer. Hannah graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a degree in Public Health. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she now resides in 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.

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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 Northern Illinois University