Camp Kesem at UC Davis

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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/14/2020 - 6/19/2020

6100 Leoni Rd, Grizzly Flats, CA 95636

Week 2 Session
6/21/2020 - 6/26/2020

6100 Leoni Rd, Grizzly Flates, CA 95636

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, May 16th 2020

California Railroad Museum, 125 I Street, Sacramento, CA

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Armando 'Spidey' Gonzalez: My favorite camp memory was watching my group of TLPs get so close to one another throughout the week and ultimately seeing them sing and dance their hearts out during the talent show to wrap up the week.

Tomer 'Shakes' Fidelman: CK Davis is the all-inclusive, brunch buffet we all need! From new counselor bonding, to bake sales, to Make the Magic, to Friends and Family Days, to the magic of Camp, I know whatever I am doing in this organization - I will love wholeheartedly!

Hannia 'Leviosa' Barrera: During pick up, a girl that was not in my unit but I held while she was crying at empowerment, she came up to me with her mom before she left and she was like "this is Leviosa and she hugged me when I was crying". The mom gave me the biggest hug.

Marissa 'Corgi' Tillman: Every year of camp I look forward to the talent show, and every year it has never failed to make me laugh, cry tears of happiness, and feel inspired. It really shows how close every camper, unit, and counselor has gotten and how unique each of us are

Jake 'Meatball' Bentham: My favorite memory is the first day of camp when I got to meet the awesome kiddos in the yellow unit for the first time! I had been looking forward to camp for so long and seeing them all and talking with them on the bus made me even more excited!

Lauren 'Snaps' Ford: While it's difficult to choose a favorite Kesem memory, one stand out is the story of the "traveling rock" that my boys cabin and I took on adventures all week. This rock traveled from pocket to pocket, complete with a sharpie mustache!

John 'Fin' Liu: My favorite memory was seeing my limers go on stage during the talent show and dance the night away! Their energy was so contagious and it was so much fun watching them completely let loose and go crazy. I LOVE LIME!

Addy 'Kiwi' Newman: My favorite Kesem memory is always Messy Olympics! It is the perfect time to run around and disregard anything else occurring in your life. In that moment you can just be careless and free, and filled with so much joy!

Hannah 'Peaches' Bireschi: The newbie show my first year! It was incredible to have all my campers choose my outfit and makeup and basically turn me into a character of their imagination. Seeing their excitement from the stage was amazing and such a fun experience!

Alma 'Clogs' Meckler-Pacheco : My favorite Kesem memory was getting to know all the kids in my unit. It was so amazing to be able to feel so close and connected to these kids after only a week! I can not wait for this year of camp and to see all my campers again!

Alexander 'Captain' Dillabaugh: My favorite kesem memory is singing in the talent show along sing my unit while one of my campers played the ukulele.

Anna 'Cholula' Fox: On the first day of camp I was working with the 6-10 year olds, and some how a game of tag turned into an elaborate game of all the kids chasing me trying to capture me in respective hula hoops. The look of joy on all the kids faces was incredible.

Nathan 'Treble' Lemus: This year I am very much looking forward to being able to reach out to the greater Sacramento area to recruit new camper families! Having been born and raised there I would love nothing more than to share the magic of Kesem with my community!

Marcela 'Rio' Matheus: My favorite Kesem memory was seeing my 6 year old campers encourage one another to open up about their cancer stories. My campers are my role models each and every day.

Lillian 'Trix' Cheung: This year I'm looking forward to being one of the outreach coordinators to implement the importance of DEI in our chapter so our campers feeling welcomed in Kesem!

Dominic 'Fajita' Robey: My favorite memory from Camp Kesem, came from my last year as a "camper." This year I was able to go to camp with both of my brothers for the last time, which in turn made Camp Kesem truly magical for me.

Elsa 'Waffles' Jimenez: I look forward to the campfire, talent show, go carts but most importantly experiencing the true magic of kesem and being reunited with the best little humans ever!

Stefanie 'Taquito' Sanchez: My favorite Kesem memory is being reunited with my campers at events such as Fall&Spring Friends+Family Day. Being able to see their bright smiles once again brings me joy and makes me even more excited for the upcoming year of camp.

Ashley 'Tweety ' Worth : My first year in Kesem one of my campers expressed that she wanted to sing in the talent show but was too shy. By the end of the week, she was able to get on-stage and sing for the whole camp. At the end of the song, everyone stood up and cheered.

Dominic 'Chef' Faria: Being able to experience the teen empowerment ceremony with my younger brother, and hearing him share how much he looked up to me and how much he loves Camp Kesem.

Bhavna 'Sweet Pea' Kodira: My favorite Kesem memory was the Talent show during my first year of camp. It was so cool and fun to see the campers show off all their talents and be able to give them a space to express themselves completely. They really are the greatest kids ever!

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 UC Davis

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

Camp Kesem at UC Davis

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

Camp Kesem at UC Davis

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 UC Davis

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

Meag Donnelly, Regional Program Director –

Meag Donnelly, Regional Program Director –

Meag joined Camp Kesem at West Virginia University in the chapter’s inaugural year in 2015 as an Outreach Coordinator. In the years to follow, she served as an Alumni, Marketing & PR Coordinator, followed by Co-Director her senior year. She also served as a Camp Advisor for the University of Kansas and University of Arkansas in the summer of 2018. She joined the Camp Kesem National team in August 2018 as a Regional Program Director. Meag graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing with a minor in Business Administration from WVU. She currently resides in Bonita Springs, Florida.

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.