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

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/28/2020 - 7/3/2020

195 Taggert Rd, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

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

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Zach 'LiLac' Simpson: I am looking forward to continuing the start that Kesem has had at University of Pittsburgh and really make this year special for all the kids and new counselors we have involved.

Hailey 'Gooey' Metcalf: My favorite Kesem memory is from my first year of camp. I had a camper who was shy and unengaged in the activities. The counselors and I continued to remain positive and by the end of the week, she was dancing and leading Razzle Dazzle at meal time.

Ashley 'Skippy' McGill: I am looking forward to making a difference in people's lives and to experiencing the magic that is Kesem!

Kali 'Nacho' Duffy: My favorite Kesem memory is watching all of my campers participate during Empowerment

James 'Bluejay' Campbell: I am looking forward to Giving Tuesday, we rented a room all day to focus on our campaign and have fun while doing it.

Cara '' Roth: I am most looking forward to working with a group of inspiring individuals to have a fun filled week! I am also looking forward to meeting the kids and having loads of fun!

Lauren 'Clover' Charlton: I am looking forward to my first year at Kesem! My family has been personally touched by the positive impacts of Kesem, and I cannot wait to be involved in creating that magic for other families like mine.

Nathan 'Mars' Schueller: I am so excited to be able to plan and run this years Make the Magic at the University of Pittsburgh! This is going to be our best year yet and I can't wait to see how much money we will fundraise through the event.

Jillian 'Jillybean' Ramirez: My favorite Kesem memory was when we played swampball at camp!

Shannon 'Freckles' O'Leary: My favorite Kesem memory was my first camp experience because I got to truly see the impact this organization makes, connect with some amazing kids and counselors, and feel like a kid again myself!

Sharon 'Glasses' You: I am looking forward to experiencing the Kesem Magic that everyone talks about. Also I've never done a summer camp before so it will be really interesting to be in one!

Brendan 'Koda' Gunde: Last year at Camp one of our campers, Mario, absolutely LOVED the playground. So one day, I took him and another camper, Naruto, to the playground to go on the swings. It was such a simple activity, but they enjoyed it so much that I smile rememberin

Alex 'Flipper' Reese: This year at Kesem, I am looking most forward to being able to put a smile on every kids face. Their experience at Kesem should bring them as much joy and happiness as possible, and I cannot wait to be a part of that happiness.

Paige 'Red' Newman: I’m looking forward to putting on events for these kids and giving them some of their childhood back.

Evan 'Bean' Shea: I am so happy to be a part of Kesem and have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of children who are affected by cancer.

Caroline 'Clementine' Drubulis: I'm looking forward to getting to know all the new campers and reuniting with returning campers! We always have such a fun week full of laughter and smiles!

Jason 'Piccolo' Bluedorn: My favorite Kesem memories come from singing camp songs with the kids, I love camp songs and can't wait to do more!!

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 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 Yates, Regional Program Director –

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.

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.