Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: June 16-21, 2019
Week 2: August 4-9, 2019

JCC Rainbow Day Camp

W3985 Trails End Rd

Fredonia, WI 53021

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 18, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

May 18, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm

Garfield Park Conservatory

300 North Central Park Avenue

Chicago, IL 60624

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Juliet “Frenchie” Freudman is a senior studying Biomedical Engineering and Global Health. As her name suggests, she loves everything French after spending a year in Paris before coming to Northwestern. Frenchie Kesems because this magical community has shown her the power of positivity, inner strength and true friendship. She loves singing cheers and eating s’mores with her Kesem family and is so excited to be Co-Director this year!

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Ariana “Olaf” Moore is a senior studying English Literarure and Legal Studies. After serving on Exec as an AMP Coordinator and an MTM Coordinator, she is so excited to begin this year as a Co-Director! Camp Kesem has been the best experience in Olaf’s college career and she wouldn’t trade it for the world!

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Talia “Monkey” Meidan is a pre-med junior from Dallas, TX. After learning the ropes of exec and specifically the ins and outs of fundraising serving as a Development Coordinator last year, she can’t wait to take on this year as one of the Co-Directors! Monkey loves Camp Kesem because she believes that everyone is the best version of themselves at camp and that we all have so much to learn from everyone who is involved in this incredible organization. She is so excited for this year!!

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Sam “Groot” Aronson is a sophomore from Deerfield, Illinois. Groot is fascinated with product design, building design, and architecture. While studying is great, he also loves photography, playing guitar and trumpet, camping and riding his bike. Groot is one of the AMP coordinators. Groot loves how Kesem creates a loving community where kids can feel safe to be themselves. He can’t wait to see all the new and returning campers next summer!

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Nirmal “Aladdin” Mulaikal is a junior from Aurora, Illinois studying journalism and political science. In his third year of Kesem, Aladdin is currently one of the AMP coordinators. When he’s not studying or working, he loves attending comedy shows and watching basketball and boxing. Aladdin loves the magic of Kesem and can’t wait for more campfires and s’mores.

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Aditi “Rainbow” Agarwal is a junior from Burr Ridge, Illinois studying Computer Science. This is Rainbow’s third year of being a part of Camp Kesem at Northwestern and she is so excited to be a development co-coordinator! Rainbow Kesems because of all the love, hope, and laughter that everyone shares with each other.

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Eric “Cubbie” Hochberger is a junior from New York, NY majoring in Math and minoring in Economics. He is super excited to be a development co-coordinator this year and Kesems because of his personal experience with the transformative impact a camp experience can have on kids.

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Daniel “Tomato” Wu is a senior from Chicago studying philosophy and neuroscience. He honestly has no idea what he wants to do after graduation. But Tomato does know that he is very excited to be a co-Coordinator for the Make the Magic Gala, where he can let his Type A personality go bananas. This will be Tomato’s third year as a camp counselor and he is so grateful for the opportunity to work with the amazing campers and counselors that make up CKNU!

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Dana “Squeak” Pepowski is a junior theatre and history major hailing from Lake Forest, IL. She counts herself lucky to be spending her third year with Camp Kesem as a Make the Magic Coordinator. When not planning the gala, you can find Squeak performing in plays, listening to true crime podcasts, and geeking out at museums. Squeak cannot wait for another year of Kesem joy!

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Tessa “Big Bird” Hamermesh is a junior from Los Angeles, CA, majoring in International Studies and Communication Studies, minoring in Legal Studies. For Big Bird, “Kesem is this supportive, loving, goofy, loud, incredible family I get to surround myself with every day. I am constantly inspired by our community and am so so grateful to be a part of such unbelievable organization”.

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Daniel “Buzz” Konstantino is a sophomore studying journalism and economics. While originally from Haifa, Israel, he grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a kid, whenever he was down his mom would say, “Is that what Buzz Lightyear would do?” Now he plans to do everything Buzz would do for the kids of Kesem. He is PUMPED to be the operations coordinator with Big Bird this year.

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Mackenzie “Koda” Lim is majoring in Radio, TV, and Film in her second year at NU. Her camp name comes from the movie Brother Bear, which you should totally watch if you haven’t heard of it, because it’s the most underrated Disney movie of all time. She’s pumped to be a Campus Relations coordinator and can’t wait for the year ahead. In her free time, Koda enjoys being active, curating ~*amazing*~ Spotify playlists, and of course, spending time her Kesem friends.

Carson “Stripes” Knoer is a sophomore hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s pre-med & loves board games, Survivor, and Pokemon Go. He sings to himself nearly all the time and is extremely excited for another year of camp.

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Elizabeth “Dunkaroo” Weissman is a junior from Westchester, New York studying psychology, legal studies, and business institutions. It is her second year on Camp Kesem and she is one of the CIT coordinators and is so excited to work with them! When Dunky is not in school she loves hiking, swimming, drawing, and playing tennis.

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Robert “Rudolph” D’Alessandro is a junior from Boston Ma, studying Political Science and Environmental Policy. He got his name from his love of the Christmas spirit. Rudolph plays tennis, avidly follows the Patriots, and loves the Beatles. Rudolph Kesems because of the people and the CK magic we all love!

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Jacqueline “Kiwi” Mazique is a junior from Homewood, Illinois studying sociology. In her third year of Camp Kesem Kiwi will serve as one of the Outreach coordinators. She chose her name because of a distinct memory she has of scarfing down a kiwi on her first trip overseas. Kiwi is super excited to be even more involved with the Kesem community this year and can’t wait for another amazing summer of camp songs and friendship bracelets.

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Charlotte “Oz” Masters is a sophomore from DC studying Cognitive Science and minoring in Human Communication Studies, with a love for American Sign Language and film. She is named after the first ever movie she saw: The Wizard of Oz. She is unbelievably excited to be Outreach Co-Coordinator this year and to get more involved in making the magic of Kesem :)

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

William “Rafiki” Dreux is a sophomore from Chicago studying Biomedical Engineering. He got his name from one of his favorite movies, the Lion King, and takes pride in his name meaning “friend” in Swahili. He loved his first year of camp so much he became part of the executive board as one of the teen coordinators. Rafiki Kesems because he wants to spread the magic to all who will accept it.

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Kira “Squiggles” Fahmy is a junior studying journalism and environmental policy, with a passion for documentary and good compost. She hails from the beautiful Bedford, New Hampshire. Squiggles is so excited to take on her third year of Kesem as Teen Coordinator and to continue making magic with her favorite people in the world!

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Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Ashley “Ariel” Braddock is a senior studying political science with a minor in business institutions and economics. She is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. This year Ariel will serve as one of the treasurers. Ariel loves finance, pizza, and messy olympics.

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Alec “Nitro” Hyde is a junior from Mt. Prospect, Illnois. He is an emphatic nerd in all categories he can get his hands on – academically he focuses on Economics, Business, & Film. He loves running, listening to music, watching TV/movies, meeting new people, and hanging out with his friends.

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Ryan “Eggo” Condon is a senior from Glen Ellyn, Illinois studying Secondary Teaching and Biology and hopes to teach high school science. Eggo is one of the Volunteer coordinators and it’s his third year of Kesem. In his (rare) free time, Eggo loves being outside with friends, playing guitar, watching movies, and writing stories. To him, the best—but most confusing—meal at camp is the waffle breakfast.

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

Anyah “Simba” Akanni is a senior from Indiana double majoring in political science and psychology. Simba is excited to take on her role as Volunteer coordinator in her 4th year with Kesem. When Simba isn’t spreading CK magic or studying she can be found throwing alley oops to herself and dunking on her peers.

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Camp Kesem at Northwestern 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:

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

Camp Kesem at Northwestern University

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

Camp Kesem at Northwestern 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 Northwestern 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

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.

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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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