Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

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

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Megan “Tot” Chapman: Hey Camp Kesem! I’m Megan “Tot” Chapman. I’m a fourth year PR major and Kesemer. I’m so incredibly honored to be one of this year’s directors along with my QUEEN, Yogi! I Kesem in memory of my grandmother, in honor of my mom and for every UF Camp Kesem family. This organization has changed my life for the better and I am so excited to make CK’19 the most amazing week! I can’t wait!!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Kelsey “Yogi” Palhegyi: Hey everyone! My name is Kelsey “Yogi” Palhegyi! I am a senior studying to be a physician assistant. I am so thrilled to serve Camp Kesem as one of the Directors with Tot! I Kesem for my grandfather and for all of our strong, amazing Kesem families. Camp Kesem has had such an impact on my life and I am so excited to make this year great!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Esdras “Ostrich” Lopez: Hey Camp Kesem! My name is Ostrich and I am a fourth year biochemistry major on the pre-med track. This will be my third year of camp and I am SO EXCITED! I Kesem for my CKUF and CKBU families because of the profound impact that Kesem has had not only on our campers, but on myself as well. I am incredibly thankful to be a part of Kesem and hope that through our work, we will be able to share the magic with even more campers and counselors this year. ~CLAM~

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Laura “Lou Who” Luteran: Hi!! My name is Laura Luteran and my camp name is Lou Who. It is my second year of camp and I am so excited to be serving on the exec board this year! I am an elementary education major and senior at UF. I love Camp Kesem so much and I cannot wait for another awesome year of camp!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Andrew “Canada” Fiorentino: Hey Camp Kesem, I’m Canada! I’m a senior Microbiology and Cell Science major here at the University of Florida and I can’t wait to be apart of the Camp Kesem 2018 Executive Board for my 4th year with Kesem. This organization has done more for me than I can ever put into words and I am extremely excited to get started making magic happen for #CK19!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Olivia “Doodle” Andrews: Hey Camp Kesem, my name is Doodle!! I am a Junior studying Public Relations here at UF and I am super excited to serve on the exec board and help us reach our goals for camp! Camp Kesem has been the highlight of my college career so far and I have met so many amazing people through this organization. I can’t wait to make a difference in so many lives this year!!!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Drew “Yoda” Kozlin: Hey Camp Kesem, I’m Yoda! I am a third year Finance major at UF and I couldn’t be more excited to join our awesome exec team. Last year was my first as a member of Camp Kesem and it was easily one of the greatest experiences of my life. The campers were a true inspiration; their courage and support for one another gave me a new perspective on so many aspects of life. I can’t wait to spend this year raising money to give back to this group of people that have given so much to me.

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Marissa “Roo” Dye: Hey, Camp Kesem! My name is Roo and I’m a third year Anthropology/Criminology double major at UF. This is my third year in Camp Kesem and I could not be more excited to serve on the executive board this time around! I am so thankful for this organization and everything it has given to me over the past three years. I can’t wait to see all the Magic unfold throughout #CK19!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Maddie “Ziggy” Thomas: Hey Camp Kesem! My name is Maddie “Ziggy” Thomas and I’m a junior majoring in Health Science. This will be my third year with Camp Kesem and I am so excited to be a part of the executive team and help with Make the Magic. Camp Kesem means the world to me and I can’t imagine not being a part of such an amazing organization.

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Anna “Kuzco” Rabil: Hey Camp Kesem! My name is Anna “Kuzco” Rabil and I’m a senior majoring in Public Health. I’m so excited to work on Make the Magic this year alongside so many incredible people and make it the best year yet! Last year was my first year of camp and I was in awe of just how magical it really is. I can’t wait to be even more involved this year and continue to support the organization that does incredible things for the strongest kids I know.

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Brett “Cookie” Cook: Hey Camp Kesem! My name is Brett Cook, but I go by Cookie at camp. I am a senior here at UF pursuing a degree in Construction Management. I first got involved with Kesem two years ago and it has been the most influential organization of my tenure at UF. I am honored to spend my last year at school giving back to organization that has changed my life!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Kyle “Condor” Campbell: I’m Condor and this is my fourth year involved with Camp Kesem. I am a microbiology major on the pre-med track. I picked the camp name Condor because I love birds, and just as a Condor has large wings, I have a wingspan of 6’8″. Kesem has been integral part of my college career and I am looking forward to another great year! I’m so thankful for this organization and am excited to spread the CK magic this year!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Solomon “Twix” Isi: Hey CAMP KESEM ! My name is Solomon Isi, otherwise known as Twix. I am a fourth year Applied Physiology and Kinesiology on a pre medical track. I have been apart of Camp Kesem for three years and I have loved every single minute of it. This year I have the privilege of being a CIT Coordinator and I can’t wait to see what this year has to store !

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Matthew “Queso” Blum: Hey Camp Kesem! My name is Queso and this is my third year at Camp Kesem at the University of Florida! This year I had the opportunity to be CIT Coordinator which I am so excited for because I was once a CIT at a different Camp Kesem chapter, so it is nice to be able to give back to the organization. I’m so excited to meet the CITs and help guide their experience at camp!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Colby “Honu” Coats: Aloha Camp Kesem! My name is Honu which means turtle in Hawaiian and I’m stoked to be one of the Outreach Coordinators this year with my amazing co, Peanut. Super thankful for this wonderful supportive and irreplaceable organization and so happy to be a part of it for a second year. Overwhelmed with excitement for camp this year, to be with some of the most inspirational, strongest, hopeful, and loving kids I’ve ever met and filled with everlasting memories!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Molly “Peanut” Secrest: Hey Camp Kesem! I’m Peanut and this is my 3rd year involved with Kesem. I spent my first two years as a counselor, so I am excited to contribute more as an Outreach Coordinator for my third and final year! Camp Kesem has completely transformed my college experience, and I can’t wait to give it my all this year! I am so excited to have the opportunity to meet and connect with all of the amazing Kesem families that make Camp Kesem what it is. I know this will be the best year yet!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Lauren “Juice” Meyer: Hi! My name is Juice and I am a senior this year pursuing marketing and international business. This is my third year on the executive board and my fourth year as a counselor. As a social coordinator, I hope to keep up the Kesem spirit all year long until we can be reunited with the magic (and our amazing campers) at Camp Kesem 2018!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Rob “Lax” Peeters: I’m Lax and I am a senior majoring in statistics and actuarial sciences. This is will be my fourth year as a counselor and my first year being on the executive board. My previous years at Camp Kesem have been amazing experiences and I can’t wait for this next summer.

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Jean “Pants” Corvington: Wassup! My name’s Pants and I am a senior majoring in Nutritional Sciences on a Pre-Med track. This will be my third year in Kesem and second year on the executive board! I love this organization and all the joy it brings to campers and counselors alike. Can’t wait for another great year with the best crew!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
University of Florida
University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Payton “Cheeto” Beckles: Hey Camp Kesem!! My name is Payton “Cheeto” Beckles and I am a third year accounting student at UF. I got involved with this organization my freshman year and since then it has shaped my college experience and brought me the best people. I Kesem for my grandpa and all of my amazing campers and I can’t wait to make this year even better than the last!!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Meg “Honey” Schloss: HEY Camp Kesem!! You can call me Honey. This is my third year involved in Kesem, and I’m excited to make this year the best of them all! I am a Volunteer Coordinator for Camp 2019 and a senior public relations student at the University of Florida. I am an adventure junkie — I love exploring outdoors, swimming in the ocean and running trails — but most importantly, I love my Kesem family! Stoked for all the new faces that this year will bring.

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

Hannah “Bug” Fox: Hey Camp Kesem! My name is Hannah Fox, but most of you know me as Bug! I am a third year Elementary Education major, and lucky to serve as your Volunteer Coordinator on the executive board. Last year was my first year at camp, and I am so grateful that I was able to witness Kesem work it’s magic in so many ways! I can’t wait for another amazing year with the most amazing people I know!

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida
Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

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 the University of Florida

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

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

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

Camp Kesem at the University of Florida

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 the University of Florida

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

Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director – jean-luc@kesem.org
Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director – jean-luc@kesem.org

Jean-Luc joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. He first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor with the Camp Kesem at North Carolina chapter and returned as a counselor again for his senior year. After graduating, he worked for Camp Corral, a camping nonprofit that provides military children with a free camping experience. There he was able to learn the ropes of the camping world and develop his passion for camp even more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biology. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina and currently lives 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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