Camp Kesem at the University of Miami

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Camp Kesem at the University of Miami
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/26/2020 - 8/1/2020

4990 Picciola Rd, Fruitland Park, FL 34731

Week 2 Session
8/2/2020 - 8/8/2020

4990 Picciola Rd, Fruitland Park, FL 34731

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, February 22nd, 2020

Shalala Student Center, 1330 Miller Drive, Miami, FL

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Gabriela 'Cher' Aklepi: Each year, Empowerment is my favorite day of Camp Kesem. Watching everyone- campers, counselors, Health and Wellness staff- show each other so much love and appreciation is truly Kesem Magic.

Herveline 'Khaleesi' Saintil: I finally had worked up the courage to get blobbed on the lake and I vividly remember sitting on the blob, eyes closed, staying as still as possible waiting to be catapulted in the air. My form was that of a pencil and I achieved 10/10 belly flop.

Chelsey 'Aqua' Guastucci: My favorite Kesem memory is when a first time camper came up to me and told me that he wanted to be a counselor just like me when he was older. He explained how nervous he was for the week but that once he got there he felt like he was at home.

Sofia 'Bambi' Sneathen: This year, I am looking forward to being a part of capturing the magic that happens at camp!

Cody 'Psych' Kline: My favorite kesem memory is watching my campers run a talk show and DJ at the talent show.

Kate 'Cheese' Elisha: My favorite camp memory is the empowerment ceremony followed by color wars. It is such an amazing and powerful part of camp where we all come together as one family looking back at the week and remembering why Camp is so special to us.

Kathryn 'Smiley' McSoley : It's hard to choose one specific favorite Kesem memory because the whole week of camp was great. I had so much fun being a counselor and loved getting to know all the green girls! The friendships I made over that week won't ever be forgotten.

julia 'mojo-jojo' sirven: I am looking forward to going back to camp!

Kelly 'Squirtle' McLoughlin: My favorite Kesem memory is the morning sunrise walks I take with some campers each year. We get up and go to the lake to watch the sunrise. Each year, different people join, but we are always there together, creating a new familiar memory once again

Christine 'Tigger' Sanchez: My favorite Kesem memory was being invited to a cabin chat while on admin and hearing a shy camper say I inspired them and brought a smile to their face everyday. I cried about it later because I didn't think I had made a connection with her yet.

Bonnie 'Panda' Stright: My favorite Kesem memory is when one of my campers performed as a DJ at the talent show and we all had a huge dance party to cheer him on.

Emily 'Speedy ' Eachus: My favorite Kesem memory is seeing the children's faces when they walk through our arm tunnel on the first day of camp. You can tell that the kids are overjoyed to be going to camp and in that moment you know what a difference Kesem can make.

Victoria 'ZAZU' Cantrelle: My favorite moment from camp was during empowerment because it was the moment where my Kesem friends became my Kesem family.

Cameron 'Surf' Vasfailo: My favorite Kesem memory was being a part of the Green Group's (aka The Cash Money Green Beans) talent show performance where they did a full camp flash mob to the "Cotton Eye Joe"

Dunovan 'Bango' Rodgers: I am looking forward to showing love to kids who need it and having a great time at camp!

Alexander 'Coach' Sanjurjo: When a few of us kayaked around the lake and watched all of our friends, one by one, get blobbed into the sky from every angle possible.

Samantha 'Wrigley' Waddell: My favorite Kesem memory is the Empowerment ceremony. One of my campers came running up to me and said "Wow! I had no idea I was so important to people!" Empowerment makes everyone feel special and wanted.

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 Miami

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

Camp Kesem at the University of Miami

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

Camp Kesem at the University of Miami

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 Miami

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

Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director –
Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director –

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.

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.