Camp Kesem at University of Iowa

Camp Kesem at University of Iowa

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Camp Kesem at University of Iowa
Camp Kesem at University of Iowa

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/7/2020 - 6/13/2020

192 166th Drive, Boone, IA, IA 50036

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

Saturday, April 25th, 2020

Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 300 East 9th Street, Coralville, IA

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Meet the Team

Bailey 'Toast' Knopf: For my last year as a student leader in Kesem, I am most excited to take a few steps back and savor every moment. These past four years have flown by and this year I hope to help Kesem at Iowa have the most impactful year yet!

Maddie 'Madhatter' Gulick: I always look forward to meeting new campers and learning their camp names. I believe that a camp name says a lot about someone, and I love to hear the stories behind the reason they chose their name!

Zach 'Turbo' Thompson: I’m looking forward to making a tangible difference in my role.

Leslie 'Sunshine' Martinez: My favorite Kesem memory was being with the campers and singing a song together in a circle to end camp. There were mixed emotions in the air with happy-sad tears that we grew so much as a family but it came to a (temporary) end. We will always Kesem

Gabrielle '' Mumm: My favorite Kesem memory is ALL of camp, I really can't pick just one. I'm most looking forward to another great year of camp and getting to meet new families!

Jenifer 'Wheezie' Valdez: A camper had expressed their fear over the rock climbing wall yet they decided to be brave and try it out. Halfway up they hesitated, but the kids cheered their hearts out and the camper went farther then they had expected. That's the Kesem Magic(K).

Mayte 'Melody' Gomez-Cruz: My favorite Kesem memories are watching our campers perform at our annual talent shows during camp! Can't wait for summer 2020!

Katelyn 'Penalope' Durnil: My favorite Kesem memory is Messy Wars. Seeing our whole camp come together toward the end of camp & all of the new bonds that have been formed at camp is always a warm and fuzzy feeling. It gives camp magic and a greater reason to be part of Kesem.

Julia 'Bacon Bits' Romanowski: My favorite Kesem memory is hearing my cabin call me “Bacon Bits... with BEANS!” every time they said my name!

Amby 'Happy Feet' Corder: My favorite Kesem memory was at camp last year when we had some campers in our unit come a few days late and I watched as the rest of the campers in our unit did everything to make them feel welcome! It totally encompassed what Kesem magic really is!

Graham 'Mallow' Ausdal: My favorite Kesem memory is when I helped start a large dance party during lunch at camp one day. Then a camper came up to me and said that was the first time he had danced in front of people.

Cole 'S'Moore' Moore: This year in Kesem I am looking forward to building a stronger and larger family. Kesem has made one of the biggest impacts in my life, and I don't know what I would do without it. I'm stoked to see all the new and returning campers and counselors!

Aaron 'A-A-Ron' Baker: My favorite Kesem memory is messy games during Camp 2018

Sameer 'boomy' Ansari: My favorite memory is getting to meet the people who love this organization so much!

Jaylon 'Walta ' Cotton: One time, a few of the campers in my unit got into an argument with one another. They worked through it themselves and even ending the situation by giving each other “put ups”. It was amazing to see them utilize the skills Kesem had taught them!

Dante 'Shadow' Vicini: My favorite memory is watching the families and their kids becoming better people and it's awesome to be part of something that big.

Sarah 'Berri' Harding: Empowerment Ceremony is one of my favorite days of the year. The kiddos warm my heart and only further confirm that they are the bravest individuals there are.

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 Iowa

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

Camp Kesem at University of Iowa

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

Camp Kesem at University of Iowa

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 Iowa

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 Iowa was generously provided by the Evans, Basile and Probst Families.

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

Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director –
Kofi Bonsu, Regional Program Director –

Kofi joined the Kesem National team in April 2019 as a Regional Program Director. He first became involved with Camp Kesem while attending the University of California, Irvine in 2015. Driven and excited by an opportunity to serve others who have also been affected by a parent's cancer, he served as an Operations Coordinator before becoming a Chapter Co-Director the following year. After graduating in 2017, he was blessed with an opportunity to continue serving the chapter as a CIT Counselor. Previously, he has also worked in higher education counseling, non-profit educational media, as well as with fostered, minority, underserved and underrepresented, youth populations. He hopes to do his part to help Kesem Magic spread so that no child ever has to go through cancer alone! Kofi is originally from San Diego, California and will be relocating to 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.