Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 2-7, 2019

Warren Willis Methodist Camp

4991 Picciola Road

Fruitland Park, FL 34731

Friends + Family Days

Spring Friends + Family Day

February 10, 2019

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Make the Magic

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Meet the Team

Shruti “Vesuvius” Agarwal: Hi everyone! I’m Vesuvius and currently a Biomedical Sciences major with a minor in Biomedical Physics. I intend to go to medical school soon. I am SO happy that CK has been brought to USF and that I can be a part of the Kesem family! I am really looking forward to our first camp this summer and hope that everyone has a blast. CK love to all!!

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Maci “Jedi” Galan: I’m Jedi and I am junior Biomedical Sciences major and a Psychology minor. My goal is to go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon. I choose the name Jedi because I love Star Wars and I grew up watching the movies with my Dad. I am so excited to be a part of Camp Kesem and help bring this organization to the Tampa Bay community.

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Giovanni “Geo” Jana: Hi everyone! My name is Geo, and I am a freshman studying at the University of South Florida. I am currently working on getting a degree in Computer Engineering. I hope to graduate in 4 years and attend graduate school. I was a camper at FSU for 3 years and I am looking forward to helping grow Camp Kesem at USF.

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Rudayna “Rudy” Tabbara: My name is Rudayna Tabbara and I am a Sophomore at USF currently working towards a major in biomedical sciences. I’m from Orlando, so I live and breathe anything Disney! I aspire to become a physician in the future and help underserved communities. It is always my priority to give back to the community and spread positivity and that is why I am a Coordinator with Camp Kesem at USF.

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Brooke “Sota” Hall: I’m Brooke and I am a first year graduate student at USF Morsani College of Medicine. After completing my one-year graduate program, I hope to attend medical school and become an oncologist. I chose the camp name of ‘Sota’ because I grew up in Minnesota- I attended USF for my undergrad though, so this is my 5th year in Tampa. I am really excited about being a part of Camp Kesem’s first year here at USF and I can’t wait to see what comes of this year!

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Sucharita “Nova” Gummalla: Hey all, I’m Nova! I’m a pre-med junior at the University of South Florida. My major is Integrative Biology and Psychology with hopes of becoming a physician one day. I joined Camp Kesem to be a positive change for campers and their families and to help give them strength and happiness. I look forward to putting together the camp and seeing it flourish at USF. I #Kesem for the kids!

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Savannah “Zazu” LeNeave: Hey! My name’s Zazu and I am a Sophomore Public Health major. I plan on getting my bachelor’s degree in Nursing after I get my degree in Public health, because my goal is to become a pediatric nurse. I was a camper at Camp Kesem at UF for five years. I came to the University of South Florida, and when I found out they were starting a Camp Kesem, I couldn’t wait to get involved. I am so grateful to be a part of this organization and I can’t wait to bring Camp Kesem to Tampa!

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Jules “Anchor” Woodard: I am a Finance Major with a minor in International Studies. My goal is to work abroad in Europe. I joined Camp Kesem to be apart of an organization bigger than me and to help create lasting memories for the campers.​

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Kayla “Kayak” Crouch: I am a senior at USF majoring in biomedical science. I hope to one day become a pediatrician. I joined Camp Kesem’s Outreach team with the goal to give every child impacted by a parent’s cancer an equal shot at benefitting from Camp Kesem.

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
University of South Florida
University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Bridget “Slippers” Godsil: My name is Bridget Godsil (aka Slippers!) and I am currently a sophomore at USF. I am a Nursing major, a Deaf Studies minor, and I hope to pursue a graduate degree in the nursing field. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois, but I have moved all over the continental US. Outside of classes, I am a Resident Assistant at USF and I enjoy dancing, listening to music, exploring nature, and obsessing over Broadway shows! I am so excited to be apart of the Camp Kesem family, and can’t wait for camp!

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Caitlin “Flipper” Moss-Solomon: Hi everyone! I am a sophomore at the University of South Florida, majoring in Integrative Animal Biology on a human track. I hope to eventually go into the health field in some capacity. I am thrilled to be a part of the inaugural chapter here at USF and cannot wait to get to camp!​

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

Kashif “Simba” Basaria: Hey everyone! My name is Kashif (a.k.a. Simba) and I am currently a junior majoring in Psychology with aims of pursuing a career in medicine. I am super excited to be a part of the Kesem family and I look forward to igniting a spark within counselors and campers! I am certain that Camp Kesem USF will be an amazing journey filled with excitement, love, and LOADS of fun!

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida
Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

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 South Florida

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

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

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

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida

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 South Florida

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

Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director – jean-luc@kesem.org
Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director – jean-luc@kesem.org

Jean-Luc joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. He first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor with the Camp Kesem at North Carolina chapter and returned as a counselor again for his senior year. After graduating, he worked for Camp Corral, a camping nonprofit that provides military children with a free camping experience. There he was able to learn the ropes of the camping world and develop his passion for camp even more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biology. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

Camp Kesem at University of South Florida