Camp Kesem at University of Oregon

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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/18/2020 - 6/23/2020
Week 2 Session
6/25/2020 - 6/30/2020
Week 3 Session

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

11/9/2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

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Make the Magic

Saturday, May 9th 2020

Multnomah Althetic Club, 1849 Southwest Salmon Street, Portland, OR

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Meet the Team

Britten 'Juicebox' Molesworth: During my second year, at one of the last cabin chats, one of my campers came up to me and said "if you hadn't shared what you did tonight, I wouldn't have told my story," and then that camper grew twice as much by the end of camp as they had at 1st.

Emma 'Windy' Neville: This past year was my first time leading an empowerment ceremony for campers. I was quite nervous but right before the ceremony, one of my campers gave me a friendship bracelet. This just shows how the Kesem Magic is always around!!

Megan 'Ranch' Weissman: My favorite memory would have to be playing a game of slide with a camper. This particular camper was quite shy at first so even with a simple game I could see how camp helped him grow and it was amazing to witness first hand.

Matt 'Lettuce' Patterson: My favorite Kesem memory was the last day of this past year. Though it was so sad seeing my campers leave, they really made it known how much I meant to them and it truly made me feel so great.

Madeleine 'Tater Tot' Newman: My favorite Kesem memory would be leading a camp song with yellow unit last year! It was so special to see all of the young kiddos; shy and loud, confident and nervous, new and old lead a song with so much enthusiasm for ALL of camp!

Mark 'Pluto ' Shaffer: My favorite Kesem memory is probably my first empowerment at camp. Being able to sit with all the campers and hear their stories was so special and I'll always remember it.

Sabrina 'Kale' Boutiette: I am looking forward to singing and dancing after campfires with all the new and returning campers!

Cassie 'Zucchini' Kiene: My favorite Kesem memory has to be when we were asked in cabin chat who was your hero and one of my campers who was on the shier side said that I was hers and was thankful that I had brought her out of her shell this week. Best. Day. Ever!

Joshua 'Snowball' Levitan: My favorite memory from Kesem is always empowerment. It is an experience I feel so positively impacts everyone.

Kyla 'Pinto' Feldman: While it’s impossible to pick a favorite memory, I think I have to go with cabin chats. Getting to know your campers is such a beautiful experience, and seeing them open up to each other is one thing about Kesem that I will always remember.

Tanner 'Chance' Brown: My favorite Kesem memory is experiencing the magic of camp with my little sister.

Cole 'Mustache' Jensen: My favorite Kesem memory is zip lining with the kids last year. None of the kids were bold enough to climb up, so I climbed up ahead to cheer them on. After much waiting, three kids made it across and seeing their faces made the waiting all worth it.

Kori 'Luna' Nemec: This year what I’m most looking forward to in Kesem is seeing old friends at camp and making new ones! I wait all year for Camp and cannot wait to make some more amazing memories with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met!

Jessica 'Grizzly' Christopulos: I am looking forward to being reunited with my favorite people and getting to meet new campers! Camp Kesem is by far the most magical time of the year and I'm already counting down the days!

Henry 'Sushi' Hill: My favorite Kesem memory has to be performing in the Talent Show with my unit leader, Snowball, and dressing up as a zebra with face paint. The kids had a ton of fun and making a complete fool of myself is always a good time.

Connor 'Slinky' Daley: My favorite Kesem memory is performing the cup song at the talent show with one of my shyer campers. It was so fun learning the song and seeing them grow throughout the week of camp.

Claire 'Kangaroo' Kolln: My favorite kesem memory is more of a feeling. I always look back on my weeks at camp and remember the magic that took place there. It keeps me going throughout the year, I can't wait for this summer!

Amanda 'Pippi' Hegstrom: At camp, my campers and I had a daily routine after activities which included sitting out on the porch, listening to music while all hanging out. It was really simple, but it was a really beautiful experience just enjoying the present.

Brenna 'Thumper' Radding: My favorite Kesem memory is seeing my campers' faces when they conquered their fears and made it across the zipline.

Aspen 'Sport' Jones: I'm so excited to be apart of the coordinator board for my chapter. I am excited to meet and recruit our new volunteers, along meeting the new campers and reuniting with returning campers. I'm so excited for Kesem trainings to start!

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.

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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.

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.