Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 4-9, 2019

YMCA Camp Kern

5291 State Route 350

Oregonia, OH 45054

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 4, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

March 7, 2019

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Make the Magic

February 23, 2019 at 6:00pm

The American Sign Museum

1330 Monmouth Ave

Cincinnati, OH 45225

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Rayla “Scooby” Rohr: My name is Scooby and I’m a third year in marketing! I’m also a part of Greek life at UC. I recently studied abroad in Guatemala! I grew up on a family owned farm in Indianapolis, Indiana and I love the outdoors! I’m obsessed with Parks and Rec and green tea and I’m ready for another awesome year with Camp Kesem at the Univerisity of Cincinnati!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Alex “Ace” Hengge: My name is Ace and I am going into my fifth and final year at UC studying Operations Management and Business Analytics. I have also been a part of Greek Life, the Lindner Student Association, Students Consulting for Nonprofits, and other organizations during my time at UC. I grew up going to a YMCA Summer Camp for 8 summers and it gave me a confidence I never had before. Camp Kesem is a magical home-away-from-home where everyone can be themselves. I love watching Camp Kesem at UC grow!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Emily “Sushi” Smith: My name is Sushi and I am in my third year at UC studying special education. I joined Camp Kesem last year, and this is my first year as a coordinator! I really enjoyed going to camp for the first time this past summer. I have a passion for helping others and am known to be a friendly face. I joined Kesem because I am studying to be a teacher, and I love kids. UC has become my home away from home and my Kesem family makes it that much better!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Elizabeth “Lilypad” Neiheisel: My name is Elizabeth Neiheisel, also known as Lilypad! My coordinator position is the AMP Coordinator alongside Emily “Sushi” Smith! This is my third year at UC as an Operations Management major, and my second year involved in Camp Kesem UC. I’m so excited to start the new year!!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Hannah “Banana” Neu: I am a senior at UC studying Psychology! This is my third year in Kesem! After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school for school counseling. With my counseling degree, I can also be a MHP at camp (So basically, camp is NEVER leaving me). I joined Kesem to help other kids feel as if they are not alone in a parent’s journey through cancer. CKUC inspires me to stay strong through my dad’s own battle with cancer. I am super excited for a fun year!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Kate “Doodles” Lake: This is my second year in Kesem and I absolutely LOVE it. I am a 5th year in the Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning (DAAP) Program, studying fashion design. I joined Kesem because I wanted to be involved with more meaningful work. I realized after camp that Kesem is WAY more than that. The Kesem campers and counselors have inspired me to keep moving through life’s toughest journeys. I wouldn’t be who I am without my Kesem family!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Sydney “Squiddles” Frederick: I am currently a second year in Early Childhood Education here at UC. I love watching/going to football and baseball games with my family and friends. I chose Camp Kesem because I had friends in it and I saw how much fun they had and how much of an impact they made on these kid’s lives. Being able to say you change someone’s life and make such an impact on it, is the best feeling in the entire world. I cannot wait for this upcoming year and the years to come after!!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Maggie “Chip” Fisk: This is my first year as a part of Camp Kesem UC! I am a third year studying marketing and business analytics. I’m SO excited about Camp Kesem. I grew up in a huge family surrounded by my three brothers and numerous cousins and cannot wait to befriend our young campers and be a beacon of strength and enjoyment in the midst of whatever they are going through at home. Kiddos and event planning are two passions of mine and I’m thrilled to bring them together at Make the Magic and Camp Kesem!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Rachel “Squirt” Reeder: I’m a third year Middle Childhood Education major. Other than being a part of Camp Kesem I am also a Girl Scout Leader through UC. I love photography, reading, watching movies, and hanging out with my family and friends. I chose Camp Kesem because I love working with kids, and I can relate to what our campers are going through. I saw how much fun people had at camp the year it started at UC and new it was something I had to get involved in!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Rachel “Elsa” Budke: Hi, I’m Elsa and I’m a fourth year Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. I’m also working on two certificates, one for Professional Writing and the other for Creative Writing. I’m involved in Kesem because I want to let kids be kids again. Outside of Kesem, I’m probably studying, binge-watching a show on Netflix, or reading a book. If you have any good reads, let me know!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Veronica “Jumping Bean” Romo: I’m a 3rd year student majoring in Biological Sciences on a pre-medicine track with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Minority Health. I am the Director of Service for the Darwin T. Turner Ambassadors and involved with Latinos en Acción. The reason I Kesem is because two of my good friends were involved and encouraged me to join. I went to camp for the first time in 2016, saw the magic of Kesem and all of the amazing people and I knew I had my Kesem family that I could not let go of.

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Leigha “Daisy” Kraemer: I am a 4th year studying Operations Management and Business Analytics. I am from the west side of Cincinnati. I am the president of the Lindner Student Association for the college of business, I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and I am a member of the Student Safety Board. I became involved with Camp Kesem because cancer has affected several of my family members and friends. I wish that these people had the support of Kesem. I know I will always have my Kesem family!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Joey “Mojo” Shields: Hey guys! My name is Joey “Mojo” Shields and I am a fourth year Finance major at the University of Cincinnati. I am really excited to start my coordinator position as Treasurer this year! During my free time, I love to hang out with my Kesem fam, go shopping, or binge watch my favorite shows on Netflix! I chose to join Camp Kesem because I have gone through a similar experience as most of the campers and I just wanted to give back and be an outlet to the kids. GO CATS!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Andy “Corndog” Cornelius: I’m a senior in Chemical Engineering at UC. I chose to do Kesem because I’ve seen the negative impact cancer can have on children who don’t have an outlet. I wanted to be part of the largest organization that gives these children a way to release their worries and fears and gives them a chance to be a kid again! Outside of Kesem, I volunteer regularly at a STEM-focused non-profit for kids K-12 called iSPACE!

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

Sami “Poppy” Mason: I’m a 4th year at UC studying Communication Sciences & Disorders- hoping to go to grad school for Speech Pathology. I chose to join Camp Kesem because one of my biggest role models is involved (Ace). Kesem kids are amazing and taught me how to be strong and how to be a kid again. Outside of CKUC, I work two jobs on top of taking classes and volunteering at a local hospital so I’m pretty busy to say the least! Kesem gives me something fun to look forward to 🙂

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati
Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

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 Cincinnati

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

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

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

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati

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 Cincinnati

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 Cincinnati was generously provided by the Johnson 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

Abi Yates, Regional Program Director – abi@kesem.org
Abi Yates, Regional Program Director – abi@kesem.org

Abi joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2016. Her first experience of Kesem was in 2005 as a camper at Camp Kesem at Indiana University. After losing her father to cancer in 2010, Abi was inspired to give back by becoming a Camp Kesem counselor in college. In the years following, Abi went to Indiana University and was able to be a Coordinator for three years and served as Co-Director her senior year. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Telecommunications. Originally from San Diego, California, Abi now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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.

Camp Kesem at University of Cincinnati