Camp Kesem at Saint Louis 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

Alex “Applesauce” Belongy is a senior Neuroscience, Pre-Med major from Shiloh, IL. His favorite camp song is Shake Your Booty, and his spirit animal is a slittthhhhhery snake.

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Jules “Maple” Curley is a senior studying entrepreneurship from Omaha, Nebraska. Her favorite camp song is Button Factory and her spirit animal is an alpaca.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Elise “Sunny” DeGidio is a senior public health and emergency management double major with a health care ethics minor from Cleveland, Ohio. Her favorite camp song is Oh Lai Lai and her spirit animal is a doge.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Rachel “Cheerios” Martin is a senior nursing major from St. Louis, Missouri. Her favorite camp song is THIS IS PEPE and her spirit animal is a bumble cow (bumble bee/cow hybrid.)

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Brittany “Brittle” Pace is a sophomore majoring in Biology and Forensic Science from Collinsville, IL. Her favorite camp song is Purple Soup and her spirit animal is a giraffe.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Megan “Crush” Brinkworth is a junior nutrition and dietetics major from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her favorite camp song is Razzle Dazzle and her spirit animal is a turtle.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Erin “Sunkist” McAleer is a senior nursing major from Dayton, Ohio. Her favorite camp song is the Hippopotamus song and her spirit animal is chipmunk.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Alaina “Rocket” Evanhoff is a senior psychology major from St. Jacob, Illinois. Her favorite camp song is Oh Lai Lai and her spirit animal is a chubby bunny.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Noah “Onion” Sarros is a physical therapy major and is from Clarendon Hills, Illinois. His favorite song is Razzle Dazzle and his spirit animal is a blanket.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Madee “Nugz” Springate is a senior middle education major from New Lenox, Illinois. Her favorite camp song is Boa Constrictor and her spirit animal is her cat.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Zach “Ritz” Pittz is a junior biomedical engineering major. His favorite camp song is Hey Burrito! and his spirit animal is a sea turtle.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Mary “Yfitops” Graeber is a senior nursing major from Chicago, Illinois. Her favorite camp song is Get Loose and her spirit animal is a chinchilla.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Kazi “Robin” Bagdady is a sophomore biology major from Lisle, Illinois. His favorite camp song is TOAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and his spirit animal is also toast.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
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Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Jake “Simba” Hercules is a junior psychology major from St. Louis, Missouri. His favorite camp song is Jiggly Boombas and his spirit animal is a lion.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Emma “Beans” Reedy is a senior public health and philosophy double major from Decatur, Illinois. Her favorite camp song is Hey Burrito and her spirit animal is a snake.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University

Justin “Asparagus” Parramore is a senior he is a communication major with a journalism concentration from Memphis. His favorite camp song is the Hippo song and his spirit animal is a peacock.

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis University
Camp Kesem at Saint Louis 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 Saint Louis University

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

Camp Kesem at Saint Louis 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.

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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 Saint Louis University was generously provided by the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

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

Shane Smith, Regional Program Director – shane.smith@kesem.org
Shane Smith, Regional Program Director – shane.smith@kesem.org

Shane joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Shane first became involved with Camp Kesem as an inaugural member of the University of Kansas's chapter in 2016. During his time at the University of Kansas, Shane served as a counselor, Outreach Coordinator, Co-Director, and Advisory Board Member. Shane graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies. Upon graduating from the University of Kansas, he has worked for the International Relations Council as the Membership Consultant and Assistant. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Shane now resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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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