Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

July 14-19, 2019

Camp Alamisco

1771 Camp Alamisco Rd

Dadeville, AL 36853

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 27, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 13, 2019

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Make the Magic

February 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm

USS Alabama

2703 Battleship Parkway

Mobile, AL 36603

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Meet the Team

Shane “Indy” Martin: Hi guys! I’m Shane “Indy” Martin, a junior currently studying Computer Engineering at University of South Alabama (although considering archaeology :P) . The best decision I’ve ever made was joining Kesem my freshman year. I was an Operations Coordinator last year and now serve as a Co-Director. The best thing about Camp is that it gives kids a chance to just be kids for a week without the stress of what’s at home (or having to run from giant boulders) and I’m glad that to be a part of that.

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Srinayane “Stitch” Ramamurthy: Hey! My name is Srinayane “Stitch” Ramamurthy and I am a senior International Studies major (I should study planet Earth while I’m here). I have been a part of the Kesem family for 3 years now, and am a Co-Director this year (and it’s definitely added to my goodness levels). I love everything about this wonderful organization (it’s Ohana, and that means family, and no one gets left behind) And I can not wait to make camp happen again this year!

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Soumyaa “Firefly” Utlapalli: My name is Soumyaa “Firefly” Utlapalli, an AMP coordinator at South Alabama. I’m a freshman biomedical sciences major and want to be a veterinarian (ironically I don’t like bugs). This is my first official year being a part of Camp Kesem, but I’ve been a LIGHT presence in Kesem for 5 years through my sister. I’ve been to Kesem visitor’s day and seen how LIT camp is. But now that I’m at South I can’t wait to help Kesem GLOW and experience the magic first hand!

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Makenzy “Tink” Fulay: Hey! My name is Makenzy “Tink” Fulay. I joined Kesem my freshman year in hopes to help change kids lives for the better, little did I know, they changed mine too. And this year, I am serving as an AMP coordinator with Firefly (which is the best, cause we can fly together)! Aside from Kesem, on my free time I like to workout (lifting Q-tips, wingfit, things like that), cook for the Lost Boys, coach swim practices for kids (from afar, can’t get the wings wet) and study.

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Kadeem “Goofy” Boone: Hey there! My name is Kadeem “Goofy” Boone and I’m from Slidell, Louisiana. I’m a Development Coordinator for Camp Kesem this year. I am a sophomore majoring in Health Informatics and a minor in Information Systems and Math (a career where I sit; I’m a little clumsy). I am also an Officer for both STAT, Big Club, and served as a Camp Kesem Counselor for the Red Unit the Summer of 2018 (at least I’m not a father yet). In my free time I love to hang out with my besties, Mickey and Donald!

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Taylor “Flower” Davies: Hey there, I’m Taylor “Flower” Davies and I’m a Sophomore majoring in Social Work. Born and bloomed in the town of Mobile, I’ve always involved myself with my garden, both in and out of school. I love to be a part of positive growth, whether it be people, plants, or animals; which explains why Camp Kesem drew me in so quickly. I loved being a counselor and I am super excited to be on coord board! Next summer can not come soon enough.

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Anna “Pebbles” Shunnarah: My name is Anna “Pebbles” Shunnarah and I’m a sophomore Biomedical Sciences major with Chemistry and Forensic Science minors (maybe a minor in geology?). It’s my 2nd year with Kesem, but my 1st as coordinator. Don’t take me for GRANITE, I was a counselor this past summer and it ROCKED, so I’m stoked to be organizing the best MTM Kesem has ever had! I’m working to become an OB/GYN, so when I’m not Kesem-ing or studying, I’m volunteering at the hospital with the Labor and Delivery Unit.

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Jacob “Spruce” Green: Hi, my name is Jacob “Spruce” Green and I am a Sophomore majoring in Secondary Education and General Science (with a concentration in Evergreens). This is my second year with Kesem and first on coord-board. During my spare time, I love to run through the forest and paint trees. I’m over-elm-ingly excited for this year!

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Macey “Hei-Hei” Forehand: Hey y’all! My name is Macey “Hei-Hei” Forehand, and I am a senior studying Exercise Science. I’m one of the Operations coordinators, which means I plan camp (don’t worry we will not be sailing to find Maui) ! I joined Kesem about a year ago, and I’m so glad that I did! My father was diagnosed with cancer almost two years ago, and after that I wanted to help others who were going through similar situations. Going to camp this past summer changed me completely as a person (and as a chicken).

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Rachel “Noodle” Lewis: Hi! My name is Rachel Lewis and I am a senior nursing student at the University of South Alabama. I am from Dothan, Alabama, I’m a twin and I am extremely close with my family. I have always had a passion for serving others and am a firm believer that laughter really is the best medicine. Becoming involved with Camp Kesem is my opportunity to help make magical moments happen for others and has already brought me some inspiring friendships and experiences.

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Taylor “Kida” Harris: My name is Taylor “Kida” Harris. I’m a Sophomore soon to be Junior Nursing major. My people in Atlantis revered healers, so that’s what I strive to be. I heard about Camp Kesem my freshman year and wanted to help anyway I could. So, this year, I am so excited to be the Outreach coordinator and get to know all the families! My favorite things to do include flying on fish, taking photos, and swimming amongst ancient ruins! I’m so excited to get to know the people who make Kesem what it is!

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Meredith “Appa” Houston: My name is Meredith “Appa” Houston and I am a sophomore this year and will soon be applying to nursing school. As a sacred creature in the Air Nomad community, I help people live in peace and tranquility as we detach ourselves from worldly problems and concerns. I carry this with me as I work as an Outreach Coordinator this year getting to know all of our campers and camper families. I loved being a counselor last summer and I can’t wait to be back at camp!

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
University of South Alabama
University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Anjali “Jasmine” Patel: Hi! My name is Anjali “Jasmine” Patel, and I am a Junior at The University of South Alabama as an exercise sciences major. I joined Camp Kesem my freshman year as counselor, and it was one of the best decisions of my life! (Other than when I adopted my tiger) I served as an AMP coordinator last year, and I am now the Treasurer (I’ve handled a kingdom’s treasury, so I can do this). Plus I’ve learned great leadership skills (for when I become queen)! Kesem is one of the best organizations ever!

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Stephen “Zeus” Richardson: Hi, my name is Stephen “Zeus” Richardson. I am a senior with a major in Biomedical Sciences. I went to camp last year, and ZAP, my life changed! It was one of the best experiences I have ever had (besides throwing lightning). I will be part of Camp Kesem for as long as I can (which is forever, since I’m immortal)! This year, I am a volunteer coordinator. I’m ecSTATIC to get to know and recruit some great people to be camp counselors and watch them come to love Camp Kesem as much as I do!

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

Katlin “Bug” Woodson: My name is Katlin “Bug” Woodson and I am a senior Pysch major. I’ve been part of the Kesem colony for 3 years and on coord-board for 2. I’m super buzzed to continue to spread the magic that is Kesem around South and share this wonderful organization with future counselors. In my free time I love to – who am I kidding I’m a senior, I don’t have free time, I’m a busy bee. But I dream about Bob Burger episodes and hour long naps at the hive when I can.

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama
Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

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 South Alabama

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

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

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

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama

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 South Alabama

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

Shane Smith, Regional Program Director – shane.smith@kesem.org
Shane Smith, Regional Program Director – shane.smith@kesem.org

Shane joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Shane first became involved with Camp Kesem as an inaugural member of the University of Kansas's chapter in 2016. During his time at the University of Kansas, Shane served as a counselor, Outreach Coordinator, Co-Director, and Advisory Board Member. Shane graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies. Upon graduating from the University of Kansas, he has worked for the International Relations Council as the Membership Consultant and Assistant. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Shane now resides 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.

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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.

Camp Kesem at the University of South Alabama