Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Dallas

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Dallas

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Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Dallas
Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Dallas

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/6/2020 - 7/11/2020


5218 Kiwanis Rd

Dallas, TX 75236

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


Lone Star Park, Alysheba Room

1000 Lone Star Pkwy

Grand Prairie TX 75050

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Chloe 'Sparky' Verhaeghe: All of my favorite Kesem memories revolve around being unapologetically myself and seeing the kids embrace everything that makes them unique! My co is pretty cool too. :)

Angel 'Grumpy' Roberson: During my 2nd year of camp, I was Unit Leader for our youngest girls. During cabin chat after Empowerment, we asked them who their hero was. One camper asked if she could have multiple and then said "My heroes are my mom, my dad and Grumpy." I cried

Lori 'Turtle' Vu: HI! I'm Turtle! I am a Junior, Biochemistry major. Along with Kesem, I am involved in research, EPIC, and SERV. This is my second year in Kesem and my first year on the AMP team. I can't wait to work with my Co, Rex. Let's create some Kesem magic!

Nikita 'Rex' Simha: I loved ending our days with closing circle. All the warm and fuzzies.

Riley 'Ferret' Horak: My favorite memory was teaching one of the kids how to do a rubix cube

Ari 'BFG' Benzvi: My favorite camp memory is having an all out paint fight. Paint ended up everywhere!

Angela 'Popcorn' Nguyen: CAMP!!! ALL OF IT!! BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE!!!

Natalie 'Raccoon' Verhaeghe: Having my sister in Kesem with me

Priyanka 'Peachy' Vayalali: My favorite memory was the paint wars at camp this past summer.

Cori 'Oreo' Weaver: I am looking forward to continuing in my Operations position and helping my chapter grow and provide the best week ever for more kids!

Bianca 'Otter' Verasammy: My favorite Kesem memory is chillin by the campfire with all the campers, counselors and smores :)

Kiana 'Kiwi' Shirmanesh: I'm looking forward to connecting with the families!!

Abby 'Pooh Bear' Lewis: My favorite camp memory was hearing empowerment and how strong all the campers were!

Nety 'Piglet' Duenas: Every year I look forward to returning campers and meeting new campers. The past ones bring me back as they are true inspirations and make you want more Kesem. New campers are another excitement as we expand our current family and spread Kesem love.

Tanner 'T-Bone' Cannedy: Every Kesem memory is my favorite Kesem memory!

Mackenzie 'Yeehaw ' Buckner: Empowerment and the After Dance Party

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 Texas–Dallas

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

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Dallas

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

Camp Kesem at University of Texas–Dallas

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–Dallas

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 Texas - Dallas was generously provided by the Rees-Jones Foundation and Novartis.

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 McGuire, Regional Program Director –
Kirsten McGuire, Regional Program Director –

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.

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.