Camp Kesem at University of Oregon

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: June 20-25, 2019
Week 2: August 25-30, 2019

Camp B’Nai B’Rith

Neotsu, OR

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 27, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

February 16, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC)

1849 SW Salmon St

Portland, OR 97205

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Meet the Team

Riley “Kipley” Shaffer: Hey friends! My name is Kipley or Kips and this is my fourth year being involved with Kesem! Aside from a part of Camp Kesem, I’m studying International Studies, Spanish, and global health at UO. This year, I have the opportunity to be a co-director and I couldn’t be more excited for the year ahead of us! My favorite thing about Kesem is getting to be a part of the most inclusive, loving, and inspiring community!

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Lena “Beansprout” Jensen: Hey, it’s Beansprout, one of the Co-Directors this year! I’m a senior at the U of O, majoring in general science and minoring in business and Nonprofit Administration. My favorite thing about Kesem is that you are able to make meaningful friendships that withstand the time between camp! I’m so excited for this year!

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Emma “Windy” Neville: Heyo! My name is Windy and I am the junior director this year. This is my third year with Kesem and my second year on the coordinator board. Through Kesem I have met some amazing people, inspiring campers, and made unforgettable memories! I am so thankful for everything that Kesem has given me, and I cannot wait to put on the perfect week of camp this year!!

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Katherine “Swift” McMahon: Hey everybody!! My name is Swift and I am currently a senior at the University of Oregon. This will be my fourth and final year volunteering with Camp Kesem, and it has been the best experience of my college career! I love going to camp and seeing all the returning campers and getting to meet all the new ones as well!! Although my camp name comes from my love of Taylor Swift, I can’t sing at all!

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Caitlin “Cosmo” Fratkin: Hey CK fam! My name is Cosmo and I am a fourth year here at the University of Oregon as well as at our chapter of Camp Kesem. Little did I know that attending an information session my freshman year for Camp Kesem would change my life forever, and impact who I am in so many ways. There is no better way to describe Kesem than magic. Kesem is family and seeing the light in everyone’s eyes as we return to camp for another year. FUN FACT about me is that my camp name comes from my love for fashion!

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Jessica “Goofy” Wilson: What is up CK fam?!! I’m Goofy, a junior studying Advertisement with a minor in Business! This is my second year doing Kesem and I am ecstatic about this upcoming year! I’m so excited to be helping Cosmo and Swift this year as the Junior AMP Coordinator! My favorite thing about Kesem is the magic that revolves around camp and everyone’s smiling faces! I am already counting down the days until camp next year!!

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Cassie “Zucchini” Kiene: Heyo! I’m Zucchini! I’m currently a junior at the University of Oregon studying Public Relations and minoring in Multimedia. This will be my 2nd year doing Kesem and I am so excited! My favorite thing about camp is the freedom to be yourself! Everyone is the best version of themselves at camp which leads to some of the best memories. This next year I look forward to messy games, meeting new campers/seeing returning campers and feeling the Kesem Magic again! As always SCO DUCKS!!

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Liam “Spud” Taylor: Hey everyone! I’m Spud! An interesting fact about me is that I can recite over 5 national anthems! This will be my second year with Camp Kesem and I could not be more excited to be a part of such a life-changing organization! Kesem has brought so much joy to my heart and I look forward to continue on as a Development Coordinator for the 2018/19 year! I am honored to be a part of an amazing coordinator team and I’m excited to raise lots of money to create the best possible camp experience!

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Maddie “Tater Tot” Newman: Hey Y’all, I’m Tater Tot! This will be my 2nd year involved with Camp Kesem. I am so ecstatic to be more involved with the magic all year long by working alongside the coolest people to make camp as amazing as possible! After being at camp this past summer, my favorite part about camp is that as much as the counselors can impact the campers, the campers impact the counselors ten times more. I can’t wait to see all the fun this year has in store while getting to know the Kesem family even more.

Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
Camp Kesem at University of Oregon

Bowen “Boomerang” Krause: Hey y’all, it’s Boom here! I’m heading into my 3rd and final year of Kesem and I’m so excited to be able to contribute to the Kesem magic again this year. I got involved after seeing how large of an impact it had on those that have already done it. I knew I couldn’t pass up on something so incredible. I’m really looking forward to making more happy memories and creating long-lasting friendships.

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Payton “Blanket” Crawford: Hi Kesem friends! I’m Blanket I will be returning to camp for my fourth year. I am so extremely excited to be able to involve myself more with Kesem with the opportunity of being apart of the Make the Magic team for the second year! What I look forward to most about camp is experiencing the MAGIC all over again! Being reminded of how it feels when seeing all the campers laugh, smile, cry together and create special bonds with one another are the memories that I will never forget.

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Britten “Juice Box” Molesworth: Hi friends! I’m JUICEBOX, a junior majoring in psychology with minors in both business and Nonprofit Administration. I enjoy being at camp with all of my best friends and creating memories with new friends and campers. One interesting thing about me is I technically have two last names!

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Connor “Slinky” Daley: Hey everyone! My name is Slinky and this will be my third year with Kesem and my second year as the Operations Coordinator! Kesem is who I am and is easily the most important thing in my life. My favorite part of camp is meeting new campers when they come for the first time and reconnecting with campers I’ve had in the past. I am so honored and excited to create the magic of Kesem this summer.

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Preston “Scooter” Doran: Hello! My name is Scooter and I am the Operations Coordinator for this coming year of Kesem. I’m beyond grateful to be a part of this fantastic organization and the message we share with everyone. Kesem has given me friendship, happiness, love and a whole lot of magic over the years. I’m sad this year will be my last but it gives me joy knowing that this organization will continue to change lives.

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Anna “Spaghetti” Litchman: Hi! My name is Spaghetti and I am going into my second year with Camp Kesem. I love to dance and I make sure to greet every dog I see. I am so excited to work hard all year as the junior operations coordinator. I can’t wait to help create another amazing summer of Kesem magic! I loved spending time with all the campers because it was so rewarding watching all of them blossom. I can’t wait to see everyone again this summer!

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Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
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Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
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Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
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Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
Camp Kesem at University of Oregon

Claire “Orbit” Spinka: Hi all! My name is Orbit and I am a senior psychology student at the University of Oregon! A silly fact about me is that I am a huge Lord of The Rings fan! I have been a part of Kesem since my freshman year. This organization has changed the way I look at the world by giving me a new meaning of family, friendship, and compassion. I am beyond excited for my last year of Kesem as it has brought so much happiness into my life, as well as many others!

Camp Kesem at University of Oregon

Kori “Luna” Nemec: Hey everybody! My name is Luna and I am a junior majoring in Planning, Public Policy, and Management with a minor in legal studies and Non-profit management. I am an Oregon native and the thing I look forward to all year long is Camp Kesem! I have been volunteering with Kesem since my freshman year and I cannot wait for my third year at camp! My favorite part of camp is seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

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Jessica “Grizzly” Christopulos: My name is Grizzly, and I am a proud member of the Kesem family at the UO. Of all the groups and organizations that I’ve been a part of, there isn’t one that compares to the magic or love that Kesem brings to children across the country. Kesem has, without question, given me a second family. I strive to create wonderful ways to help the kids make each day the very best it can be. I plan on being an integral part of Kesem through graduation and far into my future.

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Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
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Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
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Paige “Klutzy” Carmona: Hello Kesem friends and family! I’m Kluzty and this is my third year with Kesem. I am a senior studying business and am honored to have the treasurer position this year. Kesem has given me a second family and a place where I can be myself. My favorite part about Kesem is seeing the beautiful smiles on the kids’ faces during the entire week of camp. I am excited to see what we can do for this organization and be a part of the best year of camp yet.

Camp Kesem at University of Oregon

Cliare “Kangaroo” Kolln: Hey friends! I’m Kangaroo and this will be my second year being a part of Camp Kesem. After experiencing the Kesem magic for the first time last year, I was absolutely hooked and I knew that these people and this place would be a huge part of my life going forward. My favorite thing about Kesem is seeing the constant smiles from the campers and the counselors. It truly is the happiest place on earth. I can’t wait to be a little bit more involved in that magic this year!

Camp Kesem at University of Oregon

Dan “Ham” Espino: Hi everyone! I’m Ham and his year will be my third and final year with Camp Kesem at UO and I couldn’t be more excited about keeping the magic alive all year long as the volunteer coordinator. My favorite thing about Kesem is that everyone who attends camp becomes the best versions of themselves there. Kesem has given me countless memories and lifelong friendships. This organization has changed my life and I am so honored to be a part of such a dedicated and driven student-run coordinator team.

Camp Kesem at University of Oregon

Emma “Scout” Turner: Hi Y’all! My name is Scout and I am one of the volunteer coordinators this year! I’m originally from Seattle, WA and a fun fact about me is that I have an irrational fear of raccoons. This will be my third and final year as a Kesem counselor and I am so excited to be more involved in such a special organization!

Camp Kesem at University of Oregon

Mark “Pluto” Shaffer: Hey guys, I’m Pluto! This is my second year with Camp Kesem and I couldn’t be more excited. I am the junior volunteer coordinator this year and I can’t wait to help put on an awesome camp this summer. My favorite thing about Kesem is that you can always be yourself and be completely confident in who you are. After attending camp and having the most amazing week, I can truly understand camp Kesem’s magic. I’m so excited to make more friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

Camp Kesem at University of Oregon
Camp Kesem at University of Oregon

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:

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

Camp Kesem at University of Oregon

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

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The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.

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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 Oregon was generously provided by the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project.

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

Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director – dionna.arimes@kesem.org
Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director – dionna.arimes@kesem.org

Dionna joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor and continued on to become a member of the coordinator team as a Development Coordinator and two-year Co-Director. She also served as a member of the 2017-2018 National Student Panel and 2018 Spring Events Intern. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with a B.S.A. in Neuroscience and a certificate in Business Foundations. Originally from Howard County, Maryland, Dionna now resides in Denver, Colorado.

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.

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