Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: July 7-13, 2019

Forest Glen Springs

557 County Rd 331

Rosebud, TX 76570

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 27, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 27, 2019

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Make the Magic

March 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Star Hill Ranch

15000 Hamilton Pool Rd

Bee Cave, TX 78738

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Meet the Team

Brodi “Sharkbait” Amos: I’m a senior Biology major from Temple, Texas and this is my second year as Co-Director. Some of my hobbies/passions include music, Kesem, and making people smile! I Kesem because this organization engenders the truest forms of love, compassion, and support that I have ever encountered in people. Each and every person who I meet through CK inspires me to strive to be a more authentic and gratuitous version of myself.

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Juliana “Toothless” Iverson: I am a 4th year Biomedical Engineering and Plan II major. I have served as a Make the Magic and a Development coordinator in the past and am so excited to be a co-director for CK UT Austin this year. My Kesem name is Toothless because I am missing a few teeth and I also happen to love the “How to Train Your Dragon” movies, in which the main dragon’s name is Toothless.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Ian “Starlord” Hoang: I am a Junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Computer Science! I’m also one of the Alumni, Marketing, & Public Relations (AMP) coordinators this year. Outside of CK, I’m an avid tennis player and runner. My hobbies consist of cooking, outdoor hiking, and producing films. I kesem because since we are deeply shaped by the formative years of our childhood, I want to introduce positivity and support to these children to counteract the painful experiences they may be undergoing.

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James “Chopsticks” Choi: Yo! My name is Chopsticks. I am a third year biomedical engineering major, who’s been involved in Camp Kesem for three years and second year as an AMP coordinator. Some of my hobbies include photography, playing soccer, playing loads of video games (is that a hobby?), sleeping, and attending concerts. Kesem has been hands down the best decision of my college career and I am so incredibly thankful to be part of such a compassionate, loving, and generous community!

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Anastasiya “Luna” Byelousova: Hi! I’m a third-year biology & Plan II Honors major. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, reading, playing with my cat, Ellie, and having solo dance parties (especially to Taylor Swift)!! I Kesem to create a community of acceptance and unconditional support for the people I love most – the Kesem campers, counselors, and families. The strength, love, magic of Kesem inspires me to be the truest (a.k.a. the best) version of myself every day.

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Jared “Jar Jar” Moon: I’m a 3rd Year Biomedical Engineering student at the University Of Texas at Austin (HOOK EM). In my free time I enjoy cooking, exploring Austin’s restaurants, and irrationally obsessing over Texas Football. I also serve as VP Finance in the Biomedical Engineering Society and as a Research Assistant studying thermoregulation. I Kesem for our campers and their families. Every one of our campers and their families deserve the world so doing my part to make Camp Kesem happen is the least I can do.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Tala “Poptart” Abu-Shami: I am a senior biology pre-med major. I am one of the development coordinators and hope to exceed our fundraising goal this year! I kesem because I want to be there for my strong kiddos and remind them that they are not alone. Kesem has given me a new perspective on life along with a second family. You can always find me outdoors in the sun doing everything from kayaking to hiking.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Alexis “Twizzler” Schuck: I am a fourth year biology major and also pursuing the business foundations certificate. If I am fortunate enough to pursue a career in the medical field, I would love to work as a pediatric physician one day. After joining Camp Kesem my sophomore year of college, I am thankful to surround myself with such passionate and wonderful co-counselors, and my campers continue to inspire me year-round. I am very excited to serve as one of our Make the Magic coordinators this year!

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Annabelle “Nugget” Sebesta: I am a second year Advertising major and I enjoy reading, writing down my thoughts throughout the day, and spending my time outside. Whether it’s hiking, kayaking, playing catch, or laying in the sun, I love going out. I Kesem because Kesem is a family built upon a strong foundation of love and support. Kesem creates a space for a kid to be a kid and connect with several that understand the hardship of cancer. Kesem is a community of strong, loving, and heartwarming people.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Jade “Loofa” Teetsel: I am a 4th year biology major. When I’m not in lab or library, I am probably at SoulCycle, playing Catan with my roommates, or running around Austin in an attempt to train for my marathon. To surround myself with people that are just as passionate about a cause as I am, to love families that deserve so much, to meet the most precious kiddos that exude more strength and courage than I could ever imagine – I am so proud to be a part of the magic, especially as an operations coordinator this year!

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Servando “Dunk” Galvan: I’m a third year government major. I am an Operations coordinator. I love playing sports, cooking, and being unnecessarily loud. I Kesem because there is nothing more important than family and a strong support system, and Kesem allows me to be that for my campers and fellow counselors.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Braeden “Swish” Conrad: I am a 3rd year Computational Engineering major, and I am an operations coordinator for UT Austin. In my free time, I love to play any sport, especially basketball, and I love to play video games. Our Kesem community is filled with such hardworking and genuine people. We love to be crazy and simply be ourselves, and that definitely helps the kids have a greater experience. I also love watching the kids grow to be amazing people, and seeing how care-free they are at camp makes it all worth it.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Veronica “Hugs” Trevino Cerna: I’m a 5th year Biomedical Engineering pre-med with a minor in Mandarin Chinese! I love going to the grocery shop, getting lost while traveling, and learning about my friend’s passions. One of the coolest things I’ve done was camping on the Great Wall of China with my friends. I’m very grateful that through CK we are part of giving our campers and counselors a week filled with joy and hope, so that they can go back into the real world knowing that hope exists before, during, and after cancer.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Nikita “Minnie” Ghosh: I’m a junior Public Health major (pre-med) who loves dancing, puppies, cookies, sushi and all things Disney! I’ve been in Kesem since my freshman year and it’s by far the best decision I’ve made in college.The family Kesem provides is magical, and the campers are the strongest and most compassionate people I’ve ever met. At camp, I’m my best self and it’s incredible to see how the kids come out of their shells and grow from year to year, because they too feel accepted in the Kesem family.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Bridget “Pickles” Williams: Hi! I’m a Senior Biology major that is hoping to start attending a Physician Assistant program sometime in the near future! Most of my interests center around Texas Athletics (hook ’em \m/) and non-profit organizations! I was lucky enough to find Kesem my first semester of college and have honestly treated it like my home ever since. This is my second year as an Outreach Coordinator, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this new year will bring!

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Elle “Bubba” Saliba: I am a second year Public Health major who is pursuing pre-med. I love puzzles, karaoke, Half Price Books, and roller coasters. I found my passion for medicine through a 60 minutes documentary on Mercy Ships- cruise ships that are converted into sailing hospitals. I Kesem because I have never felt more myself than when I am surrounded by Kesem campers and counselors; they are passionate, strong, and push me to be the absolute best version of myself.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
University of Texas-Austin
University of Texas-Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Diego “Woof” Chavez: Hello! I’m Woof a 4th year BME major at the UT at Austin. At the UT chapter of Kesem, I am the TLP Coordinator! I Kesem since camp was one of the best weeks of my life, and I got to see the benefits of all the hard work done throughout the year pay off exponentially in the smiles and hearts of the kids at camp. After college I am planning on going to medical school after a gap year. In terms of my hobbies I always enjoy going out and playing intramural sports and am a big cinephile.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Emily “Matcha” Wei: Hello! I am a third-year Human Development and Family Sciences major at UT Austin and I serve as the treasurer. Some of my hobbies include: running, playing volleyball and tennis, watching movies, baking, hiking/traveling, and spending time outdoors. My favorite thing about Camp Kesem is that it is a family. I have met some of the most compassionate and kind-hearted individuals through this organization and the fact that we all come together to create a magical week for these kids is amazing.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Jeff “Chief” Conley: I am an Economics and Sociology major from Northbrook, Illinois. I have biked from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, but still complain about walking 10 minutes from his apartment to the gym on campus. My favorite thing about Camp Kesem is how welcoming and open people are with one another. Everyone is here to have a good time and make sure the campers and fellow counselors are doing the same!

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

Lauren “Sunshine” Hamma: I’m a 2nd year pre-law Health and Society major who hopes to one day lobby on behalf of NGOs, advocating for affordable healthcare access. I was introduced to Kesem in my freshman year of college, and joining it was easily the best decision I’ve ever made. To me, Kesem means creating a community of love, hope and support. My mission as a Volunteer Coordinator is to give that community to as many kiddos, families and volunteers as possible.

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

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 Texas–Austin

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

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Austin

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 Texas–Austin

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 University of Texas - Austin 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

Kirsten Olivarez, Regional Program Director – kirsten.olivarez@kesem.org
Kirsten Olivarez, Regional Program Director – kirsten.olivarez@kesem.org

Kirsten first got involved with Camp Kesem during her undergraduate career at Northern Arizona University as a Marketing/PR Coordinator for two years. After she graduated, she went to Arizona State University for her Masters in Social Work and worked within the behavioral health/criminal justice system. Her passion to work with families impacted by cancer never faded and she was thrilled to return to the Camp Kesem team as a Regional Program Director in 2018.

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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