Camp Kesem at Seattle University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Saturday, November 23, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Johanna “Thumper” Rapport has been a part of Camp Kesem for over 6 years. She started as a camper at UC Berkeley and is now the Co-Director at Seattle University’s Kesem chapter. Johanna is in her last year of the BSN program and is really excited to become a pediatric nurse!

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Kacee “Mango” Saturay started working as Seattle University’s Operations Coordinator in 2017, and is now one of the chapter’s Co-Directors. She is currently a Business Management major and hopes to one day receive a Master’s degree in Healthcare Management. Being able to make a strong or even the slightest positive impact on someone’s life is the reason why she wanted to be a part of Camp Kesem. She can’t wait to meet all the strong, inspiring, intelligent, and sweet kids along the way!

Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University

Sarah “Starfish” McClean started at Seattle University’s Camp Kesem chapter in 2017 a counselor. Now, she is the Alumni, Marketing, and PR Co-Coordinator, and really excited to take on a leadership role in the chapter. As a nursing major, she is someone who hopes to positively impact people’s lives, and is incredibly passionate about Camp Kesem and its message. She cannot wait to spread and feel the Kesem magic this year!

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Mia “Paprika” Dance is thrilled to join Seattle University’s chapter of Camp Kesem as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Co-Coordinator this year. Kesem’s mission of supporting children through and beyond their parent’s cancer is a cause extremely close to her heart. She’s grateful for the opportunity to be involved in a creative leadership role at Kesem her senior year at SU and apply her digital design and strategic communication studies to benefit the Seattle community.

Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University

Hae “Snooze” Choe is thrilled to be a part of the growing Camp Kesem chapter at Seattle University as one of the Development Coordinators! She is a sophomore at Seattle U in hopes of majoring in Social Work. Hae loves to be involved with her community and is very excited to see all the amazing impacts Seattle University’s 2018-2019 Camp Kesem will bring!

Camp Kesem at Seattle University

Katie “Luna” Zimmerman is one of the Development Coordinators for Seattle U’s chapter of Camp Kesem. Katie grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee, WI, and she is a senior double majoring in Biochemistry and Spanish. Katie loves participate in any and all volunteer opportunities she can find, and is very excited to see the growth of the chapter for the 2018-2019 year!

Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University

Libby “Bugs” Hayes started at Seattle University’s Camp Kesem as a counselor and unit leader for the 2017-18 school year and is currently the Make the Magic Coordinator. She is a nursing major and has a passion to help, Camp Kesem gives her that fulfillment. After planning and attending camp last year she is full of ideas to spark the light in Camp Kesem magic. She wishes to spark that magic within you all!

Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University

Josh “Rocky” Onis started at Seattle University’s Camp Kesem as a counselor for the 2017-18 year and is currently studying economics. He is thrilled to be an Operations Co-Coordinator for this year’s camp and can’t wait until summer to experience the Kesem magic again!

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Emily “Socks” Neilson started at Seattle University’s Camp Kesem as a counselor for the 2017-18 school year, and is the Operations Co-Coordinator for this year. She is currently studying biology and hopes to take her career further into the medical field by becoming a doctor. She loves volunteering with children, and is very excited for the upcoming year of Camp Kesem.

Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University

Nick “Buzz” Loduca was first involved in Seattle University’s Camp Kesem as a counselor for the 2017-18 year. Nick currently studies English Literature and Communications. He’s excited to further his Kesem experience by being an OutreachCo-Coordinator for the upcoming year.

Camp Kesem at Seattle University

Haley “Boots” Brown is the Outreach Co-Coordinator at the Seattle University chapter. She is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership. During the day, Haley is a deaf education specialist and greatly enjoys connecting with families and children. She cannot wait to join the Kesem family this year!

Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Seattle University
Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University

Drew “Mantis” Sorenson is a Senior Biology at Seattle University student from Orange County, CA. He hopes to attend medical school within a few years of graduation. This is his first year at Kesem, and he’s taking on the Treasurer position! His hobbies include board games, cooking/baking, enjoying the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty, and going to concerts. His favorite band is Electric Guest and one of his favorite styles of food is Korean.

Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University

Sophia “Sunny” Dillery is the Volunteer Co-Coordinator for Seattle University’s first chapter of Camp Kesem! She joined the Camp Kesem team to be more involved in her community, and is looking forward to making an impact on the lives of children affected by a parent or guardians’ cancer. Sophia grew up in Friday Harbor, Washington and now resides in Seattle, Washington as a third year nursing student.

Camp Kesem at Seattle University

Crysten “Kiwi” Kurland is a fourth year Accounting student and Volunteer Co-Coordinator for Camp Kesem at Seattle U. Kiwi came to Seattle from Boulder, Colorado. She looks forward to getting more Seattle University students involved with Kesem and to participate in another fun filled week of camp!

Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle University
Camp Kesem at Seattle 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.

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

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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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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@kesem.org
Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director – dionna.arimes@kesem.org

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.

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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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