Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

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Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

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

1159 Claunch Rd, Perryville, KY 40468

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


The Show Barn at Daynabrook Farms

2565 Louisville Road

Harrodsburg, KY

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Bailey 'Bunny' Hogan: My favorite Kesem memory is the talent show! I love to see the campers practice all week and then show off their talent. It is so neat to see how our campers have opened up from the beginning and are so excited to leave it all out there on the stage!

Abigail 'Boo' Woolums: My favorite Kesem memory is the talent show at camp every year. I love seeing the campers break out of their shells! And the counselor dance numbers are always great :)

Ilavezhil 'Cookie' Iniyavan: My favorite Kesem memory is meeting the kids for the first time. I am looking forward to seeing them again.

Jenna 'Roz' Woolums: My favorite thing from Kesem was getting a chance to capture all of the happy memories as photographer.

Alina 'Cloud' Jablonski: Being a counselor this past summer led me to realize why this program exists and how beautifully important it is. By the end there were deep bonds between counselors and an everlasting appreciation and admiration for these kids and their strength.

Lilly 'Moana' Swanz: I am so excited to be a part of Kesem this year! I am most looking forward to meeting new people and forming connections both while planning and at camp.

Madison 'Blue' Penix: My favorite Kesem memory would be Empowerment this past summer. It was very moving, and I was very proud to hear all the wonderful campers share their stories. They are so brave, courageous, and inspiring.

Micah 'J.D.' Steele: I am looking forward to seeing all the campers again, and meeting the new campers!

Molly 'Nemo' Amolsch: I am most looking forward to having an amazing time with all our campers and campfire songs!

Lyndsey 'Bubbles' Armes: Some of my favorite memories from Camp Kesem are from Cabin Chats with my girls. I love getting to talk with the campers about the things that are the most important to them.

Kinley 'Key' Jarvis: I am looking forward to meeting all the campers and their families!

Andrew 'Turk' Dunbar: I always love the talent shows from each year, it's so nice to see the kids show off their hidden talents or just go wild on the stage with everyone's support

McKenzie 'Leia' Dunbar: I'm looking forward to meeting and getting to know the kids!! I love working with kids and I am willing to help these kids in any way that I can!

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 Kentucky

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

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

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

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

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 Kentucky

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 Kentucky was generously provided in memory of Ken Brakebiill.

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

Eliza Doll, Regional Program Director –
Eliza Doll, Regional Program Director –

Eliza joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in November 2018. She first joined Camp Kesem while attending Michigan State University, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and an Outreach Coordinator for two years. As an alum, she's also served as a Camp Advisor for five Kesem chapters. Eliza has previously worked and volunteered in disability respite care, refugee services, and parent education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Michigan State in May 2017 and plans to obtain her Master of Social Work with a focus in Mental Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eliza is originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, and plans to relocate to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

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.