Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Friday, November 8, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Meghan “Moose” Criswell is a senior Rehabilitation Science major planning on going to get her master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics. She is a hardcore “Philadelphian” but now considers Pittsburgh a second home. She was inspired to start a Camp Kesem here at Pitt after hearing about the organization through some great friends at CK Central PA! She can’t wait to see all we accomplish during our second year as a Camp Kesem chapter.

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Julia “Dory” Calandra is a second-year pharmacy student at Pitt. Her camp name is Dory because of her spirit and unbreakable positivity! She became a part of Kesem because she wants to be part of something bigger than herself and make a difference in someone’s life. After Pitt’s first camp this summer, she feels so grateful to be a part of this amazing, loving, and supportive community! She can’t wait to see what CK Pitt will do in its second year!

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Caroline “Clementine” Drubulis is a sophomore hoping to major in Rehabilitation Sciences on the pre-PA track here at Pitt. She is from Fanwood, New Jersey. She loves going to school in the busy city of Pittsburgh. Clementine got involved with Camp Kesem because after hearing about the magic of Camp Kesem she could not pass up on the opportunity to be involved with such an amazing organization. Camp Kesem truly is life changing.

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Kali “Nacho” Duffy is a senior physics major at the University of Pittsburgh. Her camp name was desired by her burning desire to eat Nachos at all times of the day. While her heart belongs to Buffalo, Pittsburgh is a close second. Camp Kesem has had a huge impact on her life, from inspiring her to be a better person herself, to bringing her some amazing long-lasting friendships!

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Hailey “Grilled Cheese (Gooey)” Metcalf is a sophomore at University of Pittsburgh. She is planning to study Rehabilitation Science, on the Pre Physical Therapy track. Gooey is from Boston, Massachusetts and a huge Patriots fan. She joined Camp Kesem because she believes every child should be able to be a kid again. Besides Kesem, Gooey also is a member of America Reads, the Rehab Science Student Association, and she volunteers at UPMC Mercy.

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Bradley “Kuya” Alderama is a Senior Electrical Engineering major at the University of Pittsburgh. He is from Mechanicsburg, PA. He chose the name Kuya because it means “big brother” in Bisaya, a native language in the Philippines. Kuya got involved with Camp Kesem by volunteering as a counselor after hearing about the organization from a friend. Having realized what an amazing experience it was for the campers and counselors, he’s decided to join Camp Kesem to help make next year’s camp just as special!

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Delaney “Cucumber” Regan is a senior studying Psychology and English Writing at Pitt. In addition to serving as a co-Make the Magic coordinator, Cucumber is President of Heinz Chapel Choir and President of Omicron Delta Kappa. She is from Limerick, Pennsylvania, but after visiting Pitt’s campus in 2014, she fell in love with the city of Pittsburgh. Cucumber got involved with Camp Kesem after learning about the organization’s mission of creating an unforgettable experience for kids who really need one.

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Karlee “Ritz” Deibler is a senior studying pharmacy at Pitt! She is from Harrisburg, PA and chose her camp name because who doesn’t love a good Ritz cracker? Along with Camp Kesem, Ritz is involved in many pharmacy organizations such as Lambda Kappa Sigma, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, Student Society of Health System Pharmacists, and RxPrep. She joined Camp Kesem to give kids a chance to be kids, forget about their worries, and just have fun!

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Hannah “Squirt” Nagg is a senior majoring in Applied Developmental Psychology with the intention to teach Early Childhood Education. She is originally from Delmont, Pennsylvania. Her camp name was inspired by her love of sea turtles. She’s also involved in Kappa Delti Pi, an international education honors society. She got involved with Camp Kesem to give the kids a place to have fun and feel a part of the Kesem family.

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Jillian “Jillybean” Ramirez is a sophomore majoring in English Writing and English Literature. She came to Pittsburgh all the way from Middlesex, New Jersey. She Kesems because she believes that every child who is impacted by a parents cancer deserves the extra love and support that Kesem provides!

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh


Kanishkan “Daffy” Variketta
is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is originally from Lansdale, a suburb outside of Philadelphia. His name is Daffy as inspiration from his favorite zany, lisping Looney Toons duck. Daffy joined Camp Kesem because his father was diagnosed with and fought with cancer and, since then, wanted to find some way to help children feel like they are part of the Kesem family.

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Bridget “Birdy” Trimble is a senior environmental science major at the University of Pittsburgh. She’s originally from Mentor, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Her camp name was inspired by a childhood nickname. Along with Camp Kesem she is the service chair of Epsilon Eta, an environmental honors fraternity. She joined Camp Kesem because believes every kid deserves a childhood!

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Anabelle “Banana” Scalora is a senior studying psychology at Pitt from New Jersey. Her camp name is inspired from her favorite snack, banana with peanut butter! Outside of Camp Kesem, she is also the treasurer of Autism Speaks and works in the university’s fundraising office. She became involved in Kesem because her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was in middle school and knows how hard it is for a kid to grasp having a parent with cancer and wants to make sure no kid feels alone!

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
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Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Tommy “Giraffe” Silvia is a senior information science major at Pitt minoring in computer science and music. When he’s not gushing over how much Kesem means to him, he spends his time as president of C Flat Run a cappella and vice president of Heinz Chapel Choir. His camp name comes from his long neck and flailing limbs. Kesem has taught him so much about the power that is found in the most unexpected places. He can’t wait for another year of making magic with this amazing organization.

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Jason “Piccolo” Bluedorn is a senior music major at the University of Pittsburgh! He is involved in many of the music ensembles at Pitt, including the Heinz Chapel Choir, the Pitt Men’s Glee Club, and The Songburghs! He chose his name because of his high voice, playfulness, and his love for music!! He joined Camp Kesem because of the amazing people involved, and how inspiring of a organization it is! He is so excited to go back to camp and have another life-changing week!

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

Dana “Boo” Abraham is a second year pharmacy student at Pitt. She chose her camp name because she loves the character Boo from Monsters, Inc and resembled her as a kid! Outside of Camp Kesem, Boo is also involved in several pharmacy organizations including Lambda Kappa Sigma and the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists. She got involved with Camp Kesem to give kids a chance to have fun and forget about their worries for a little while.

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh
Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

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 Pittsburgh

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

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

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

Camp Kesem at University of Pittsburgh

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 Pittsburgh

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

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

Abi Yates, Regional Program Director – abi@kesem.org
Abi Yates, Regional Program Director – abi@kesem.org

Abi joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2016. Her first experience of Kesem was in 2005 as a camper at Camp Kesem at Indiana University. After losing her father to cancer in 2010, Abi was inspired to give back by becoming a Camp Kesem counselor in college. In the years following, Abi went to Indiana University and was able to be a Coordinator for three years and served as Co-Director her senior year. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Telecommunications. Originally from San Diego, California, Abi now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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.

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