Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Saturday, October 26, 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

Morgan “Jiggawatt” Gascho: Jiggawatt here! I am so excited to put on our very first camp next summer. This is such an amazing opportunity to help our community! I am in my fourth year at UA and plan on graduating in Spring 2020. I am double majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Creative Writing with minors in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mathematics. In my free time, you can find me with a hot cup of tea and a good novel!

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Derrick “Whale” Espadas: I’m Whale and I’m an Accounting/Business Management major, planning to graduate in the spring of 2019. I like unicorns, coffee, and punk rock music, preferably all at the same time. I’m already amazed by all the interest to make a life-long difference in a child’s life.

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

Emma “Panda” Heitkamp: Hi my name is Emma! I am from Flagstaff Arizona and I am currently a freshman at the U of A. My major is undeclared, so I am still figuring out what I want to do, but I am keeping my options open. I have played soccer all my life and I currently play on the UA women’s club soccer team. I am a huge fan of chocolate ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. Some of my favorite movies are We Bought A Zoo and The Big Sick. I would describe myself as a vivacious person!​

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Sehrish “Sol” Choudhary: Hello, I’m Sehrish Choudhary and I am majoring in engineering with a minor in economics and business. I can speak 5 languages, I am the Founder of My Meraki Blogwhich is a Beauty + Lifestyle + Tips from Experience platform https://www.mymerakiblog.com I am an influencer and educator of those around me. I am a strong Travel Enthusiast and Coffee Connoisseur!

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

Robert “Sleeping Beauty” Lee: My name is Robert Lee. I am a senior and I plan on graduating in this coming spring. I like staying active and playing sports. The opportunity to work with Camp Kesem was very enticing to me because it enabled me to utilize my resources and my talents to help someone.

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Lana “Tinto” Le: Hi! My name is Lana Le. I’m currently a sophomore and studying biochemistry and physiology. I love to hike and travel meet new people. I chose to be a part of Camp Kesem because I know what it’s like to lose someone to cancer and I want to help people with what they’re going through.

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

Sullivan “Seahorse” Brimmer: My name is Sullivan Brimmer and I am a double major in Biochemistry and Mathematics. This year is my junior year at the University of Arizona. After I graduate I hope to pursue medical school. In my free time I enjoy hiking, swimming, running, playing with my dogs and doing most anything outside. I heard about Camp Kesem this summer and knew it was something I had to be apart of. I am so grateful for this opportunity. ​

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

Catherine “Sprinkles” Gavin: My name is Catherine and I’m a double major in Neuroscience and psychology. I’m a junior this year and I hope to go to medical school after undergrad! I thought that camp Kesem sounded like an amazing organization that helps kids go through a tough situation that they shouldn’t be going through alone. I lost my father to cancer when I was 13, so it is truly a cause that is very dear to me! You can catch me volunteering at Tu Nidito, reading a book, or spending time at home with my two cats!

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

Jacob “Spooky” Eiche: Hi, I’m Jacob Eiche. I am a senior majoring in Political Science and Philosophy. I am interested in community outreach and social and economic development. I feel Camp Kesem is a great opportunity to help develop a program that fosters growth for those in need that are/were affected by cancer.

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

Vanessa “Pricklie Pear” Friedman: Hi I’m Vanessa! I am from South Jersey, just about 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia. I grew up there and immediately after high school I moved to Tucson with my family because my mom is now a professor at the University of Arizona. I am a junior studying MechanicalEngineering and I joined Camp Kesem to be a part of something that I know I can make a real difference and see the results. I enjoy hiking, the shore, traveling, and naps!

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
University of Arizona
University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

Wiley “Lunar” Faron: Hi! I’m Wiley Faron! I’m from Peoria, Arizona. I’m a junior at the University of Arizona studying microbiology. I hope to go on to medical school and eventually become a surgeon. I love reading, writing, and video games. I try to stay active in my community so I volunteer as often as I can. I joined Kesem because it seemed like a fantastic way to help out those who need it most and really make a difference in their lives.

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

Megan “Mew” Irby: My name is Megan Irby! I’m in my third year of college at the University of Arizona, studying Mathematics and Molecular and Cellular Biology with a Statistics minor. I love dogs, community service, and nerdy people! I want to work with Camp Kesem because it’s so easy to feel alone or like the world is crashing around you when a loved one has cancer, and I want to do what I can to help lighten that load.

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

Suranjana “Poppy” Rahman: My name is Suranjana Rahman! I’m a third year at the University of Arizona, and I’m studying Biochemistry and Molecular Cellular Biology. I love geeking out with people about my hobbies and interests and chances are if you’re into it, I am too! I feel like with Camp Kesem, we’re given the unique opportunity to give someone a special kind of help when we otherwise wouldn’t be able to. And I want to be a part of that.

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona
Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

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 University of Arizona

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

Camp Kesem at University of Arizona

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 University of Arizona

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 University of Arizona was generously provided by No Excuses University.

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

Kirsten McGuire, Regional Program Director – kirsten.mcguire@kesem.org
Kirsten McGuire, Regional Program Director – kirsten.mcguire@kesem.org

Kirsten first got involved with Camp Kesem during her undergraduate career at Northern Arizona University as a Marketing/PR Coordinator for two years. After she graduated, she went to Arizona State University for her Masters in Social Work and worked within the behavioral health/criminal justice system. Her passion to work with families impacted by cancer never faded and she was thrilled to return to the Camp Kesem team as a Regional Program Director in 2018.

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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