Camp Kesem at University of Chicago

Camp Kesem at University of Chicago

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Camp Kesem at University of Chicago
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/21/2020 - 6/26/2020

W3985 Trails End Rd, Fredonia, WI 53021

Week 2 Session
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

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Meet the Team

Christina 'Nugget' Andreou: I'm so excited to expand the UChicago Kesem Family and help make some magic for the children in our community!

Swara 'Woof' Kalva: I'm so excited to be working with so many amazing people to create this magical experience!

Navya 'Mozzarella' Lodha: I am beyond excited to get to organise this camp for these children. The chapter at UChicago is really small so as the AMP coordinator I can't wait to help make it grow so that we can help more people and have a bigger impact in Chicago!

Jing 'Spud' Xu: I look forward to creating and participating in an unforgettable summer experience.

Julia 'Punky' Radhakrishnan: I am so excited to be starting my first year with Kesem! As the daughter of a two-time breast cancer survivor, I am so grateful to be able to support and connect with kids as they process similar events in their own lives.

Courtney 'Pages' Corbett: My favorite Kesem memory is from the first day of the second year that I attended camp. Seeing all of the campers and counselors who I had bonded with so strongly the year before felt like coming back home.

Jonathan 'Smiles' Brooks: This is my first year at CK, and I'm so excited to spread the magic and create some "smiles!" The Kesem summer fun can't come soon enough, but I'll be perfecting my s'more-making technique and campfire vocal skills in the meantime!

Stephanie "Pocky" Zhang: I'm excited to create lasting impact in campers' lives at such a formative time, whether that be facilitating friendships between campers that carry to adulthood or just (hopefully) serving as an older role model that they can still relate to!

Eugenia 'Coral' Lee: This is my first year with Kesem and I am pumped to start planning for camp and building relationships with my Kesem family!

Olivia 'Flower' Paraschos: My favorite Kesem memory as a counselor last year was definitely leading a slime-making activity at the arts and crafts station! It was by far the most popular craft activity we did, and the creativity among campers (and counselors) was great to see.

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 University of Chicago

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

Camp Kesem at University of Chicago

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

Camp Kesem at University of Chicago

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 Chicago

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 Montoya, Regional Program Director –

Hannah Montoya, Regional Program Director –

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Her passion for Kesem began when she joined the founding team at Brown University, where she served as an Alumni, PR, Marketing coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Operations Coordinator, and Chapter Co-Director her senior year. During this time, she also served as a Junior Camp Advisor and Camp Preparation Volunteer. Hannah graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a degree in Public Health. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, she now resides in Chicago, Illinois.‍

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.