Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

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Spring 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

Ian “Pinto!” Lesnick: My name is Pinto! and I Kesem for the kids. I’m a senior double majoring in Spanish & Linguistics and I love to eat spaghetti!

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Megan “Sea Lion” Boyce: Hi! I’m Sea Lion and I’m one of the directors for the upcoming summer! I Kesem for the kids, and I love to dance!

Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University

Fatema “Pisces” Noor: Hope, magic, and Kesem are the ingredients to making great memories, which is what keeps me coming back every year. I kesem for all the incredible connections I’ve made with every camper and counselor!

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Maryam “Polaris” Hassanein: My name is Polaris and I Kesem for the campers and our community. I’m a senior majoring in Health Science. I love maps and globes, and can name around 110 of the 197 countries in the world!

Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University

Michael “Milk” Gribbin: My name is Milk and I Kesem to give back to the community. I’m a senior double majoring in Economics and Business with specializations in accounting and marketing. My favorite meal of the day is breakfast with my favorite food being french toast.

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Aisha “Bambi” Mamoor: Hi! I’m Bambi and I’m one of the Development Coordinators this year! I Kesem to spread love.

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Gor “Feesh” Grigoryan: Hello, I am Feesh and I am part of the Development Coordinator team. I Kesem for the magic and the campers.

Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University

Raeqa “Bubbles” Mahmud: My name is Bubbles! I kesem for the all the smiles and magical memories we share with the kids. I’m a senior Biochemistry major and Studio Art minor. I love lemons and all things sparkly.

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Gabriella “Viola” Albanese: My name is Viola and I Kesem to bring happiness to whoever needs it. I’m a sophomore majoring in chemistry and minoring in music and I’m also a ballet dancer.

Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University

Sai “Coconut” Palati: My name is Coconut, and I Kesem because I love seeing smiles on the faces of the children. I am a senior and my major is Biology. I am also a big NY Giants fan!

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Nathaniel “Caveman” Iskhakov: My name is Caveman! I Kesem so I can support an amazing community for truly wonderful kids. I’m a junior Political Science major on the Pre-Med track and I’m also a barber on campus!!

Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University

Ruchi “Hummus” Khatiwala: Hey CK! I’m Hummus, and I am an Community Outreach Coordinator this year! I Kesem for our lovely campers. Fun fact: hummus is my favorite food!

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Dante “Potato Head” Jenkins: Hey y’all, I’m Potato Head! I’m one of the Community Outreach Coordinators. I Kesem to make everyone smile.

Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University

Kunika “Rapunzel” Chahal: Hi everyone! I’m Rapunzel, and I’m one of the Teen Leadership Program Coordinators! I Kesem because I love the campers. Fun fact is that my hair is really long!

Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University

Amiteshwar “Juicebox” Singh: Hello! My name is Juicebox and I Kesem to provide support and a safe space for children who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer. I am a junior majoring in Health Science and minoring in International Studies. My favorite hobby is to discover new types of food!

Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University

John “Maple Leaf” DeFrancisci: My name is Maple Leaf and I Kesem because I think its a valuable thing to take part in. I’m a senior studying civil engineering and I helped make a boat out of concrete.

Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University

Jennifer “Jupiter” Guevara: My name is Jupiter and I Kesem to keep the magic alive! I’m a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Health and Wellness. I always wear fun socks!

Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University

Pooja “Ajoop” Deshpande: Hi, I’m Ajoop, and I am a Volunteer Coordinator. I Kesem for the community and to spread the magic. I’m excited to meet new counselors and see the campers again this summer!

Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook University
Camp Kesem at Stony Brook 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 Stony Brook University

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

Camp Kesem at Stony Brook 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 Stony Brook 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 Stony Brook 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

Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director – zach@kesem.org
Zach Snelling, Regional Program Director – zach@kesem.org

Zach joined the Camp Kesem National staff in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. Before doing so, he served as Co-Director at the University of Richmond, where he graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Zach now resides in Washington, D.C.

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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