Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University

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

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/7/2020 - 6/12/2020

W3985 Trails End Rd, Fredonia, WI 53021

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

Saturday, April 4th 2020

Faranda's Banquet Center, 302 Grove Street, DeKalb, IL

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Amanda 'Opal' Surrusco: I am looking forward to seeing all of the campers again, empowerment, messy games, bonfires, and everyone's talents at the talent show! Most of all, I am excited to be at my favorite place with my favorite people for an entire week.

Vanessa 'Malibu' Evaristo: My favorite Kesem memory is making s'mores by the campfire with the campers and telling stories.

Kaitlyn 'Turquoise' Storm: I am looking forward to getting to know all the children and give them a fulfilled week to just have a free fun time. i am also looking forward to getting to know all the counselors as well.

Benita 'Bean' O'Donnell: I'm looking forward to making connections with people during camp this summer! I love making friends, having inside jokes, I love being a part of something bigger than myself and something that affects people long after we leave.

Rachel 'Rae' Schreiber: I'm looking forward to spending time with everyone at Kesem and helping make camp amazing!

Haley 'Otter' Robichaud: Meeting all the campers for the first time ever, and getting to know all the kiddos in my room.

Hannah 'Gibby' Gilbert: My favorite Kesem memory is getting turned into a counselor ice cream sundae!

Jonathon 'Spidey' Lill: I am looking forward to working with all the great people in this organization and changing the lives of our many campers in a positive way!!

Vilaya 'Phin' Sirivong: I am looking forward to a well-bonded coordinator family, helping children, understanding other people's feelings and gaining new experiences.

Megan 'Cheerio' Grove: Seeing the kiddos faces at camp just light up with a smile

Evan 'Bubba' DeBock: I am looking forward to seeing all the campers on the first day of camp.

Autumn 'Artemis' Sester: I am looking forward to having fun with the Kesem Campers, and seeing the magic that is Camp Kesem.

Cindy 'Willow' Palmer: Messy games!!!

Evan 'Croc' Schaffer: My favorite memories from camp are just being with the kiddos and engaging in the games and activities with them. Swimming was always a fun and memorable time whether it was in the igam or the pool.

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, Regional Program Director –

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.

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.