Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

July 14-19, 2019

Camp Horsin Around

1159 Claunch Rd

Perryville, KY 40468

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

December 1, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 13, 2019

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Make the Magic

March 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Grand Ballroom in Gatton Student Center

160 Avenue of Champions

Lexington, KY 40508

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Meet the Team

Abigail “Boo” Woolums is a junior majoring in Biology with the goal of attending medical school to become a pediatrician. She has been involved with Camp Kesem since it came to UK’s campus in the fall of 2016. She started by serving as treasurer, development coordinator, and then became director in the winter of last year. She has also acted as a counselor and admin team member at camp. Her favorite camp memory is always the Talent Show!

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Bailey “Bunny” Hogan is a junior majoring in elementary education. She was a counselor at CKUK’s first camp and served as an admin member at camp last summer! Bunny became director this year and is so excited to help make CKUK the best it can be. Her favorite camp memory is always the family picnic!

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Alyssa “Red” Rosenzweig is a sophomore from New York, majoring in political science and minoring in history. She served as AMP coordinator last year, and excited to do it again this year!

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Megan “Sunflower” Finch is a sophomore clinical leadership and management major on the pre-med track. She is an aspiring physician and hopes to one day open her own practice. This will be Sunflower’s second year as an AMP coordinator. Her favorite camp memory is the talent show–she loves seeing all the kids overcome their nerves and perform for everyone!

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Emma “Bean” Rosenzweig is a sophomore hospitality management and tourism major. It is her first year being a coordinator but she is excited to see what the year holds.

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Ilavezhil “Cookie” Iniyavan is a freshman majoring in agricultural and medical biotechnology on the pre-med track. Her goal is to become a general surgeon and do research in developing medicine and advancing medical technology. This is her first year with Camp Kesem and she is excited for all the new friends she will make this summer. Fun fact about Cookie: she loves dancing, singing, and making puns!

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Nitya “Stitch” Kumar is a junior studying psychology. She hopes to do experimental neuropsychology research in the future. Her favorite camp memory is the paint war–you could tell everyone loved it within their smiles. She can’t wait for another year!

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Katie “Kit-Kat” Quatman is a junior pursuing a dual degree in marketing and management. She hopes to go into medical sales. She has been a counselor and unit leader at camp, and this will be her second year serving as MTM coordinator. Her favorite camp memory is the talent show!

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Lindsey “Bear” Kovach is a freshman Music Education and Performance major. She is excited to get to go to Camp Kesem for the first time and meet all of the campers.

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Madison “Blue” Penix is a junior at the University of Kentucky. She is majoring in public health and aspires to obtain a job in the field of hospital management and administration. She will be attending camp as a second year counselor and first year MTM coordinator. Her favorite camp memory is getting stuck out on the lake in a paddle boat with other counselors and a camper and working together to get back to shore. It was so much fun and an unforgettable memory!

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Bailey “Peaches” Clapsaddle is a freshman social work major with a minor in criminology. She hopes to one day work with child protective services. This is her first year with Camp Kesem and she is most excited about seeing all of the hard work pay off by bringing happiness to campers–and making friendship bracelets!

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Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Lily “Tat” McGinnis is a junior at the University of Kentucky. She is a Psychology major with a minor in Creative Writing. She plans to be a corrections counselor after leaving UK. Her favorite part about camp was getting to make memories with campers that they will all remember forever.

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Rachel “Mango” Sprague is a freshman studying special education and Spanish. She is hoping to be a high school special education teacher. This is her first year with Camp Kesem. She is extremely excited to meet all of our campers and families and can’t wait to have a fun-filled week at camp!

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Lyndsey “Bubbles” Armes is a junior biology major on the pre-med track. She hopes to one day practice medicine in underserved communities. This will be Bubbles’ second year as a coordinator and counselor. Her favorite camp memory is getting to lead her Explore station with all the campers every day!

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Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
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Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Rosie “Sully” Hamdan is a senior studying economics and minoring in international business. Her goal is to be a successful business consultant and to one day run a nonprofit. Her favorite camp memory? It’s hard to pick–probably the messy olympics…or the fashion show…or Empowerment!

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Andrew “Turk” Dunbar is a junior biochemistry major on the pre-med track. He hopes to attend medical school to become a doctor of internal medicine and pediatrics. This will be his second year serving as a coordinator. His favorite camp memory is definitely seeing everyone break down their shyness and boundaries at the talent show!

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

Lorine “Lilo” Samaan is a junior kinesiology major pursuing physical therapy. This will be her second year as a coordinator. Her favorite camp memory is definitely Empowerment–it was life changing!

Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky
Camp Kesem at University of Kentucky

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@kesem.org
Eliza Doll, Regional Program Director – eliza.doll@kesem.org

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.

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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 Kentucky