Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

2019 Dates: August 4-9, 2019

Redwood Glen Camp & Conference

3100 Bean Creek Road

Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 17, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

February 17, 2019

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Make the Magic

May 4, 2019 at 5:00pm

Felton Community Hall

6191 Hwy 9

Felton, CA 95018

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Meet the Team

Allyson “Bunny” Lui: My name is Bunny, and I’m one of the co-directors of our chapter. I’m a 4th year MCD Biology major at UCSC. My favorite place to hangout is the beach and in my free time I like to go on hikes, watch TV, and cook! I Kesem for all of the amazing campers and counselors who inspire me with their strength and compassion, and in so many other ways. Experiencing the Kesem magic has been an absolute privilege and I am so excited to be able to help give back to the campers who have given me so much.

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Bridget “Maple” Hanson: I’m Maple and I’m one of the co-directors for our chapter. I am a third year Intensive Psychology major. Some fun facts about me are that I have the same birthday as my dog and I love the show The Office! I Kesem for all of my loved ones who have been affected by cancer, and for all of our incredible campers. Giving kids Kesem means so much more than a fun week of summer camp; it’s giving them a sense of community, a support system, and a friend. I truly believe that Camp Kesem makes magic.

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

Sophia “Loaf” Amato: Hi my name is Loaf! I’m a 4th year and study Cognitive Science. I love to cook, garden, hike and hang out with my Kesem family. At camp I loved cabin chat and campfire. I am always so inspired by the campers strength and am excited to be apart of making another year of camp happen.

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Edmund “Po” Tang: Hi! I’m Po and I’m a third year bio-molecular engineering major with a bioinformatics minor. My favorite activities are skiing, watching movies, and going to the beach. I Kesem for my friends, my family and all the wonderful campers. Kesem is very empowering, touching, and super fun, and I am so grateful to be a part of it.

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

Lian “Tide” Utsumi: I’m Tide and I’m a third year Economics and Environmental Studies major. I love Kesem because it has brought so much light and healing into my life. I Kesem for all of our wonderful campers, as well as for the other students that I have met through this organization.

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Harneet “Potter” Badial: My name is Potter and I am one of the co-coordinators for our chapter’s development team. I am a fourth year Neuroscience major at UCSC. I love to spend my time curled up at home watching my favorite T.V. shows (which are currently Grey’s Anatomy and The Office). I Kesem for my grandmother and my campers who have all had their experiences with cancer. I look forward to Camp Kesem every year because of all the positivity, joy, and amazing energy that is passed around at camp!

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

Carter “Syrup” Hackett: I’m Syrup and I’m a third year Environmental Economics major. I love to travel, try new things and go to improv shows when being a broke college student doesn’t get in the way. I kesem for my amazing dad who passed away from cancer a few years back. Kesem is where I’ve found my best friends and made some of my favorite memories thus far. I look forward to being on the board this year and another wonderful year of camp!

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Rosie “Skittles” Blackburn: Hi! My name is Skittles and I’m a 4th year Environmental Studies and Education major. This is my 3rd year in Kesem and I feel so lucky to be apart of such a loving and supportive community. My favorite part of camp is campfire and messy olympics! I can’t wait to take on this next year and make more magic happen for all of our amazing campers.

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

Cosmo “Wags” Hahn: My name is Wags and I am one of the operations coordinators. I am a 3rd year studying neuroscience. I enjoy bike riding and hiking with friends. I Kesem because cancer has touched the lives of my friends and family. I want to help keep the hardships of dealing with cancer from stopping these wonderful kids from experiencing their childhood to the fullest. Being part of the Kesem community has been a life changing experience and I am so grateful to be involved in such a fulfilling organization.

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Heather “Pug” McLean: My name is Pug and I’m a fourth year Psychology Major. I love working with babies, toddlers, and children! Fun fact is that Pug was my nickname even before Kesem and I buy a lot of random things just because they have a pug on them! Being a part of Kesem is such a privilege and I’m so fortunate to help make Camp Magic this year.

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

Vicky “Stem” Sokolov: My name is Stem. I am a third year Business Management Economics major at UCSC. I enjoy being outdoors and especially hiking and waking along the beach. After my first year as a Kesem camper, I knew I was in love with the Kesem spirit. I always knew I would stay involved with Camp Kesem and give back and I fortunately became a volunteer for Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz. My favorite memory is the talent show, it’s amazing how all of the campers grow over the week and feel so strong.

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

Marleni “Twix” Albarran: Hi! My name is Twix and I’m a 3rd year Neuroscience major. In my freetime I enjoy going on hikes, baking, drinking boba, and hanging out with my four dogs. My favorite part of camp definitely has to be Messy Olympics and campfire! I Kesem for all the kids whose parents have been affected by cancer and are seeking a safe place to be supported.

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
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UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

Justin “Dingo” Dante: Hello, my name is Dingo and I’m a 4th year economics major here at UCSC. Some fun facts about me are that I love to watch ice hockey, camp, kayak, and go skeet shooting. I got involved with Camp Kesem last year and was immediately swept away by the dedication and passion that drives the other volunteers. This year I hope to have some positive impact (however modest that may be) on the UCSC chapter as I serve as Treasurer.

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

Griffen “Belle” Bartholomew: My name is Belle and I am a third year, intensive psychology major. I have been involved in Camp Kesem all three years in a variety of roles and have loved every second of it. My favorite part of Kesem is being a counselor camp and spending time bonding with the kids, especially when I get to see them grow and mature. Camp Kesem is my family!

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

Tatianna “Daisy” Megerdichian: Hi! My name is Daisy, and I’m co-Volunteer Coordinator. This is my third year at UCSC and am majoring in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. Camp Kesem holds a big place in my heart, and I Kesem for my late aunt. As part of my Kesem duties, I will support and excite all of the community. I am also involved in Alpha Psi Sorority and UCSC Mock Trial Team. In my free time, I like eating sushi and going to the beach. If you see me around, chances are I’m laughing and trying to make up a pun.

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz
Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

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 Santa Cruz

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

Camp Kesem at UC Santa Cruz

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 Santa Cruz

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

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at the University of California Santa Cruz was generously provided by the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

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

Keandra Bryson, Regional Program Director – keandra@kesem.org
Keandra Bryson, Regional Program Director – keandra@kesem.org

Keandra joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2017. Prior to this, Keandra was a member of the founding team at California State University, Fresno where she started as a Volunteer Coordinator, and then went on to serve as a Chapter Co-Director for two years. During this time, Keandra also served as a Risk Management Intern and as a member of the National Student Panel. Keandra graduated from Fresno State in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Family and Consumer Science. She is from Bakersfield, California and currently resides in Davis, California.

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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