Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Saturday, November 2, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Brandon “Churro” Tran: I am a 4th year Computer Engineering major with a minor in psychology. I Kesem because I want to be there for these campers in a time when they may be feeling alone or that no one understands–I want to help empower them. The funny thing is that when I go to camp I find that these kiddos are so strong and have such a fun-filled spirit that they end up empowering me. My favorite camp song is “It’s a 60’s Party!”

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Lekya “River” Mukkamala: I’m a fourth year human bio major and I joined camp the beginning of my second year of college! Joining the Kesem family has so far been my best college decision because it has helped shape me into a better human being. I kesem because I want to continue spreading the magic that I experienced my first year at camp and also because going to camp and getting messy with the kids continues to be one of the few things I look forward to every year.

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

Cody “Buttons” Gan: Hi I’m Buttons and I am a 4th year Urban Studies and Planning Major! I Kesem because I want to spread the magic of camp to as many kids as possible! I love camp so much and being able to help create the magic throughout the year is all I could ask for!

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Jennifer “Stripes” Guerrero: I am a second year human biology major. I Kesem because I love being able to bring joy to campers even if it means I only see them for one week out of the year. I Kesem because I want to give these children the best week of their entire lives and to ensure that they are worry free the whole week of camp. I Kesem in hopes to spread some camp magic on every single child I encounter at camp and to show them that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

Reysha “Kiwi” Patel: I’m Kiwi and I am a 4th year Bioengineering: Bioinformatics major. I kesem because I love seeing the joyful smiles on kids faces at camp! Their perseverance and strength pushes me to be a better person. Camp Kesem has been one of the best experiences of my undergraduate experience and I cannot wait to embark on this year as a Development Coordinator!


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Sarah “Sunrise” Sodeika: I’m a third year Marine Bio major and Global Health minor, and this is my third year as a Kesem counselor!! I Kesem because I was lucky enough to grow up with the magic of CK, and I want to help as many kids as I can grow up with the same wonderful experience and support system. Plus, I can never get enough of song times, messy games, cabin chats, and the beautiful smiles of everyone in Kesem. I’m so excited to be a Development coordinator this year to help our chapter bring more kids to camp!

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

Tiffany “Cinderelly” Mora: Hi! My name is Cinderelly, and I am a 4th year Human Biology major with a minor in Psychology. I kesem to bring awareness for children affected by a parent’s cancer. After experiencing camp for my first time this last summer and seeing the impact counselors make on the kids, I have realized that this is the camp family for me. Seeing kids be kids again makes every fundraising event worth it!

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Krystine “Olive” Bernas: Hi I’m Olive and im a third year Human Development major! I Kesem because it warms my heart to see the impact that Kesem has on the campers, their families, the counselors, and everyone else Kesem touches. I am inspired by the people that Kesem has brought into my life, and I couldn’t be happier to share this experience with them.

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

Devan “Falcon” Nguyen: I’m a 3rd year structural engineer at UCSD and I Kesem because I want these kids to know that they aren’t alone in this fight against a parent’s cancer. There are amazing and wonderful counselors and even more inspiring campers that I had the opportunity to meet at camp. And once I see a camper’s face light up with their biggest smile knowing what they have gone or are going through, it truly makes me believe in the magic of Kesem.

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

Vishal “Boogie” Mittal: I’m a Math and Computer Science major. I kesem because I believe the carefree nature and freedom of childhood is extremely important and many of these kids have been robbed of that. Giving those kids a week of stress free fun is at least a step in the right direction!

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

Mariam “Matcha” Zafar-Khan: Hi my name is Mariam “Matcha” and I am a 3rd year psychology major with a minor in global health! I kesem for the kids. They are worth any time and effort in order to make their week long stay at Camp Kesem as amazing as possible. I fell in love with camp due to the strong community and sense of kinship that can be seen with interactions between campers, counselors, and guardians.

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

Sarah “Twinkle” Gan: I’m Twinkle and I’m a 3rd year Psychology major and Education Studies minor! I Kesem because I want to spread light and happiness to others. It warms my heart to see how much fun campers and counselors have together. I want every camper to feel welcome in our Kesem family. At Camp Kesem, kids can let go of the hardships they face at home and simply be kids again. I Kesem for our campers, who inspire me to be a better person.

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

Sarah “Frenchie” Sofeso, fourth year Pharmacological Chemistry Major with a minor in General Biology. I Kesem because it’s the craziest, most supportive and genuine community I have ever been apart of. Just seeing someone from my Kesem family brings an instant smile to my face. The campers, counselors, and families I’ve been able to meet through this organization have touched my life in some way and the amount of strength shown by these kids constantly inspires me to be the bravest, silliest, truest form of myself.

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
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UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

Maryam “Croissant” Alkhayyat: Hello hello! I’m Croissant and I’m a junior majoring in Economics at UCSD. I joined Camp Kesem my freshman year and found a home away from home as an international student. I Kesem because I believe in the power of having such a strong support system for the kids, for their families and for us as counselors, Kesem truly is Magic!

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

Noah “Champ” Hoang: I am a third year Human Biology and Public Health major. From day one and to this day, I Kesem because for my aunt who is diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Additionally, I Kesem for everyone that is part of the Camp Kesem Family, whether it be the amazing, incredibly strong campers who have impacted my life for the better, or the most caring, passionate counselors who I call my closest friends. I’m so grateful for what Camp Kesem has given me.

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

Emily “Junebug” Lara: Hey! I am 3rd year studying Chemistry. I Kesem because there is nothing like being surrounded by people who are filled with pure love and joy. Kesem is a gift and when you share it’s magic, it grows and grows and everyone is touched by it.

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego
Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

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 UC San Diego

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

Camp Kesem at UC San Diego

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 San Diego

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

Brittani Hammer, Regional Program Director – brittani@kesem.org
Brittani Hammer, Regional Program Director – brittani@kesem.org

Brittani joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. She first became involved with Camp Kesem in 2012 as a counselor and continued on to become a Development Coordinator and Co-Director. Brittani loved volunteering as a part of Camp Kesem where she was able to apply concepts she had studied in the classroom and make an impact in the community. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Nonprofit Management. She is from Lakeport, California and currently resides in Orem, Utah.

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.

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