Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Important Dates

Please use the "Contact Us" button above for questions on dates, times, or event details.

Camp Sessions

August 5-10, 2019

Camp Blue Star

179 Blue Star Way,

Hendersonville, NC 28739

Friends + Family Days

Winter Friends + Family Day

January 26, 2019

Please contact us for more details!

Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director – hannah.depriest@kesem.org

Make the Magic

April 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM

La Residence

202 West Rosemary Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Stephen “Floatie” Grier: Hey everyone, I’m Floatie your other co-director for this year! I’m a senior at UNC majoring in public policy & psychology and will be teaching high school social studies after I graduate. Some of my hobbies include working with kids, running, and watching Joey Chestnut dominate competitive hotdog eating competitions. I cannot wait for camp to start!

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Sarah “Gum” Cline: Hey y’all, Gum here! I am a senior (yikes) at UNC majoring in public policy + journalism and have plans to get my Masters in Arts of Teaching after graduation. I am so excited and honored to serve as your co-director this year. I love Fleetwood Mac, memes, ANYTHING autumn-related, and quesadillas. Camp Kesem has been the best choice I’ve made in college and I can’t wait for camp!

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Shawna “Slide” McIntosh: Hi Camp Kesem!!! My name is Slide and this is my fourth year being involved with this wonderful organization! For the past two summers I have served as the 6-9 Unit Leader and am so thrilled to be on the executive board this year. I am in the School of Media and Journalism here at UNC-CH studying public relations with a minor in public policy. Camp Kesem has positively impacted my life in so many ways and I can’t wait to be reunited with my amazing campers this summer!

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Shannon “Wall” Stohlman: HEY CAMP KESEM! My name is Wall, and I am a senior studying Public Policy and Social & Economic Justice. I have been a counselor for two summer now, and I am so excited to be serving as PR Co-Coordinator. I feel lucky to be a part of the Kesem family, full of incredibly kind and goofy people. CKluv!!!

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Tori “Stump” Molyneaux: Hey, it’s Stump! I’m so excited to be back as the alumni coordinator for my senior year. I’m majoring in Economics and Political science, with a minor in Environmental Science and Studies, but a much more fun fact about me is that I am the counselor who is most often confused as a camper. My favorite part of camp is the Talent Show and I can’t wait to see what all our talented campers come up with next year!

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Vince “Chunk” Friedman: Hello! I’m Chunk! I am a junior majoring in Nutrition, and my favorite things to do are sail, play board games, and mountaineer! I am from Raleigh, NC. My favorite flavor of ice cream is mint chocolate chip, and my favorite animal is the Killer Whale. I know how to make the most delicious pie crust from scratch, and love to bake, as well. I really like movies. I am excited to be a Development Coordinator with Bunyon this year!

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Alex “Bunyon” Jenkins: Hi pals! I am Bunyon, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill planning on studying Business Administration and Public Policy. My favorite things to do are running, playing basketball. My favorite food is Macaroni and Cheese and my spirit animal is undoubtedly the Quokka. I am excited to work with Chunk this year as a Development Coordinator.

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Savannah “Ink” Perry: Hey Camp Kesem! My name is Ink. I’m a sophomore, studying journalism with a concentration in advertising, here at UNC. Last year was my first year at camp, but I’m already counting down the days until I get to see everyone’s smiling faces at camp this year. I’m super excited to be working with Sweat this year to plan the best Make the Magic event yet; everyone mark your calendars for an evening filled with laughter, joy and Kesem magic!

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Sammi “Sweat” Feinstein: Hello! My name is Sweat! I am a junior and I’m double majoring in Chemistry and French. My favorite pastimes are playing soccer, reading, making art, and going to concerts. My fun fact is that my favorite flavor is garlic. This year, Ink and I are your co-coordinators for Make the Magic! Everyone get excited for it will be extravagant and incredibly fun. Can’t wait for camp!!

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Alex “Lemon” Udell: Hey hey hey, listen up, listen up! My name is Lemon! I am a senior studying Chinese through the Asian Studies program at UNC, and Business Administration through UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. This year I will be working with Brace and Yeast as Operations, and we are excited to get the ball rolling!

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Tom “Yeast” Diaz: What is up my dudes?! My name is Yeast! I’m a junior at UNC studying Biology/Chemistry and I plan on applying to Pharmacy school next year. A little fun fact about me is that I’ve never broken or sprained a single bone in my body (knock on wood!!). I’ve only been with Kesem for a year but I’m super excited and honored to be an Operations Coordinator along with Brace and Lemón!

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Fern “Brace” Guimond: Heyyyy Camp Kesem!! I’m Brace! I am a sophomore majoring in Nursing with a minor in Medical Anthropology, and this upcoming year will be my second year at camp. I am super excited to be serving as a part of the Operations team alongside Yeast and Lemon! We’ll be working hard to make sure that camp this year is the best one yet!

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Reed “Aglet” Macdonald: Heyyyy Camppppp Kesemmmm! I’m Aglet! I’m a sophomore studying Art History and planning to study Business Admin at Kenan-Flagler. I’ll be working with Elastic and Gauze on Outreach this year, and we’re so excited! A fun fact about myself is that I was part of the group that broke the world record for most forward rolls done in unison.

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Alexandra “Elastic” Berry: Heyyy Camp Kesem! I’m Alex Barry aka Elastic! I’m a junior studying Quantitative Biology with a minor in Neuroscience and Comp Sci. I’m stoked to be working with Gauze and Aglet on Outreach, we’re so excited to get more connected with our campers during the year! We can’t wait for some awesome reunions this year while we count down the days to camp!

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Michael “Gauze” Snider: Hey Camp Kesem! My name is Gauze. I’m a junior at UNC majoring in Quantitative Biology and Neuroscience, with a minor in Medicine, Literature, & Culture. I’m from Columbus, Ohio and am hoping to pursue a career in medicine. This is only my second year a part of Kesem, but I’m so excited get more involved as one of the Outreach Coordinators along with Aglet and Elastic. I’m looking forward to staying connected with all of our amazing campers this year in anticipation for another awesome year!

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
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Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Elizabeth “Canvas” Marks: Hi! I’m Canvas! I’m a senior this year double majoring in Art History and Business Administration!! This is my third year with Kesem and I’m very excited to be the Treasurer! Here are a few fun facts about me: I love soccer, my favorite movie is either Blades of Glory or Wedding Crashers depending on my mood, and I’m an extremely adventurous eater–uni or crickets anyone?

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Adina “Yarn” Girmay: Hi everyone! My name is Yarn and I’m a senior double majoring in global health and food studies with a minor entrepreneurship. This is my fourth year in Kesem and my second year as a volunteer coordinator, and I’m pumped to work alongside JV this year! I love running, anything food-related, and generally everything outdoors. If I could one thing for the rest of my life it would a sweet potato.

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

Emily “JV” Mellinger: Hey Camp Kesem!! My name is JV! I’m a senior majoring in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Neuroscience, and my goal is to become a Physical Therapist someday. For my third year in Kesem, I will be working as Volunteer co-coordinator with Yarn to find some amazing new counselors that will find as much joy in being a part of Camp Kesem as you and I have.

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill
Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

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 UNC–Chapel Hill

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

Camp Kesem at UNC–Chapel Hill

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 UNC–Chapel Hill

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

Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director – hannah.depriest@kesem.org

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in April 2019. She first fell in love with the organization while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and Co-Director for two. During her time as a student she also served as a Camp Advisor, Camp Prep Volunteer, Funder Prospect Research Intern and on the National Student Panel. She will graduate in May from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Public Relations. From Omaha, Nebraska, she will reside in Chicago, Illinois, and can often be found enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee or exploring new breakfast restaurants.

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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