Camp Kesem at Seattle University

Camp Kesem at Seattle University

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Camp Kesem at Seattle University
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/21/2020 - 6/26/2020

Camp Koinonia

850 Camp Koinonia Ln

Cle Elum, WA 98922

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 25th 2020

Renton Community Center Ballroom, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton, WA

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Libby 'Bugs' Hayes: I have been involved in Kesem since my first year of college and I truly believe it has impacted me in so many ways. From the fun, the slime, the s'mores, Kesem always welcomes me home with open arms. I am so pumped to be your CKSU Co-Director!

Sarah 'Starfish' McClean: Camp is full of friendship bracelets, ketchup skits, capture the mattress, and dance battles. But my favorite part is simply spending time with my Kesem family. I can't wait to grow that family this year and extend our Kesem magic to more people.

Kaylen 'K-9' Yang: I am looking forward to furthering my experience with Kesem this year and positively impacting people's lives!

Jadd 'Hawk' El Husseini: I am looking forward to being able to provide a healthy and happy place for children to go and allow themselves to feel content and cheerful like kids should be.

Alyssa 'Stitch' Konopaski: I've never been to Kesem, so I'm super excited to see smiling campers and their families!

Michelle 'Crunch' Aoki-Monma: I am looking forward to making new friends and spreading the Kesem magic! I’m also looking forward to spreading the word about Camp Kesem and the amazing things they do for children and families affected by cancer.

madison 'curly' hansen: I am excited to experience camp and plan fun activities!

Emily 'Socks' Nelson: I am looking forward to making stronger connections with returning campers, and create new ones with new campers.

Haley 'Boots' Brown: My favorite Kesem memory was the campfire on the last night with the green unit. We spent a night under the stars bonding and laughing. I am so lucky and honored to be a part of our Kesem family. KLAM

Nick "Buzz" Loduca: My favorite Kesem memories are definitely playing Capture the Mattress last year and getting my face painted by one of my campers!

Josh 'Rocky' Osnis: I am looking forward to seeing the campers!

Meg 'Chai' Amruthur: I am looking forward to taking all the magic that Kesem embodies and sparking that light in everyone I meet at Camp!! I am also looking forward to seeing all the smiles and happiness that our hard work throughout the year brings to camp.

Tara 'Slam' Bailey: This is my first year being involved in Kesem and I am most looking forward to the relationships built. It is a privilege to be able to walk into a space to provide comfort and companionship. I am excited to meet and make long-lasting friendships!

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 Seattle University

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

Camp Kesem at Seattle University

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

Camp Kesem at Seattle 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 Seattle 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

Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director –
Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director –

Dionna joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor and continued on to become a member of the coordinator team as a Development Coordinator and two-year Co-Director. She also served as a member of the 2017-2018 National Student Panel and 2018 Spring Events Intern. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with a B.S.A. in Neuroscience and a certificate in Business Foundations. Originally from Howard County, Maryland, Dionna now resides in Denver, Colorado.

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.