Fall Friends + Family Day
Sunday, November 10, 2019
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Spring Friends + Family Day
2020 Event Details TBA
Katie “Moose” Hannon: I’m Moose! I’m a sociology major with a double minor in critical race and ethnic studies and social work. I’m from Cape Cod, MA! My favorite activity is beach hopping up. A fun fact about me is that I grew up jump roping and unicycling through. I would tell someone thinking about joining Kesem that it really is magic. The transformation from the first to last day in these kids is indescribable. It is a feeling that will stick with you every day! I can confidently say Kesem has changed my life!
Melody “Taffy” Riddle-Wilder: My name is Taffy and I am Environmental Studies major with minors in Economics and Green Building/Community Design. I grew up in North Potomac, Maryland and love dogs a lot. Camp Kesem has become one of my favorite things about my college experience. I am so glad I can be involved in planning all the different aspects of camp this year. My fun fact is that I can sing the alphabet backwards really fast!
Marshall “Meatball” Murphy: My name is Meatball! I am an Elementary Education Major with a Nutrition and Food Sciences minor. I am from Essex, VT and enjoy waterskiing, crossfit, and being with friends and family in my free time. A fun fact about me is I was a baby I was the stock photo in the baby frames at Target. I would tell someone thinking about joining Camp Kesem to do it! Kesem truly changes lives. The friends I have made and all I have learned from the campers is magical! I will forever be grateful for Kesem!
Lauren “Flash” Cozzens: Hi! My camp name is “Flash” and I’m a sophomore Molecular Genetics major from Rutland, VT. I Kesem because I want all kids whose parents have cancer to have the opportunity to experience all the friendship, fun, and support our Kesem family has to offer! I truly believe Kesem can change people’s lives, campers and counselors alike, and I’m so happy to be a part of it!
Maggie “Petal” Brown: Hey all! My name is Petal, and I am a sophomore at UVM. My major is Communication Sciences and Disorders. I’m from Connecticut. In my free time, I love to go snowboarding or be with friends. A fun fact about me is that I own way too many pairs of vans. I joined Camp Kesem because I love what the organization stands for and I wanted to be involved!
Aidan “Bucket” Andrews: My name is Bucket and I’m a Senior Environmental Science major. I am from South Salem, NY. In my free time I like to run, pet dogs, and hang out with friends. A fun fact about me is that I once ate 10 eggs in one meal. I joined Camp Kesem so that I could make a difference in the lives of kids who need it the most!
Caitlyn “Skippy” Johnson: My name is Skippy, and I am a junior nursing major. I am from Londonderry, New Hampshire. I like to snowmobile, work out, hang out with friends, arts and crafts, play sports, and do anything on the lake! I joined Camp Kesem because I love children and cancer has had a big impact in my life.
Rachel “Bug” Bowanko: My name is Bug and I’m super excited for my second year with Kesem! I’m from Washington, DC. My favorite tree is the Engelmann Spruce and I spent a semester hiking and kayaking in Montana. Last year I was the nature/science program leader at camp, and loved every SECOND of it. What I would tell someone who is thinking about joining Kesem is: DO IT. In all seriousness, Kesem is a life-changing experience, both for the kids at camp, but also for yourself.
Fallon “Scoops” Vancor: Hi!! My name is Scoops and I am a sophomore dietetics, nutrition, and food science major. I’m from a Bellows Falls, Vermont and in my free time, I love running, yoga, hiking, and spending time with my friends and family. A fun fact about me is that I participated in a homestay exchange in Spain for two summers in high school. I am most looking forward to going to my first camp week, meeting everyone, and experiencing everything that comes along with Camp Kesem!
Emma “Zuno” Ritson: My name is Zuno! I am an Entrepreneurship and International Community Development Major and Environmental Studies and Business Administration Minor. I am from Simsbury, CT and I enjoy coloring and making playlists in my free time. My fun fact is I saw Mamma Mia Here We Go Again six times in the theater! I am really looking forward to this 2018-19 Kesem year. I am so thrilled about my new position as Operations Coordinator. I cannot wait to see where CK UVM chapter goes this year!
Grace “Jibbitz” Newberry: Hello! My name is Jibbitz and I am a Sophomore Psychology major. I am from Belmont MA, and in my free time I love spending time with friends and family, napping with my dog, and adventuring outside. I Kesem because of the kiddos. Seeing the affect that Kesem can have on these childrens, and families lives is so rewarding. The Kesem family is an amazing supportive group to be a part of and I am very excited to be an operations coordinator this year along with Buzz and Zuno
Kay “Buzz” Noterman: I’m Buzz; I’m a psychology major from Goffstown, New Hampshire. In my free time, I make buffalo chicken dip every chance I get. Struggling to find my place at UVM last year, I joined Kesem and quickly found a group of people with a whole lot of love and passion towards something I did too. At camp, cancer sucks but camp is a week of excitement and carefree fun. The amount of kindness and happiness kids put out into this world is something I believe we can all learn from.
Carter “Meadow” Bradshaw: Hi, I’m Meadow. I’m studying anthropology and french and my hometown is Longmeadow, MA (where my camp name comes from!). I love playing frisbee, learning guitar and drawing in my spare time. I joined Camp Kesem because when I was seven years old my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I can’t imagine how much of a positive impact this camp would’ve had on me at that time in my life. I can’t wait to go back!
Chrystina “Squash” Bonelli: Hi! I’m Squash and I am a Sophomore Health Sciences Major from Guilford, CT. Outside of class I love hiking, yoga, and skiing! I Kesem because all kids deserve to have a place where they can feel special, grow, and make amazing memories. I am SO excited to be joining Kesem this year and can’t wait to experience all the magic!
Nicki “Sunny” Lewis: Hey Everyone! My name is Sunny and I am originally from Beverly, Massachusetts. I go to the University of Vermont as a senior Elementary and Special Education double major. When I am not studying or working I am singing, skiing, playing basketball, volunteering or spending time with my family and friends. A fun fact about me is that I love manatees and making friendship bracelets. I joined Kesem because I wanted to be able to bring laughter, joy and positivity to children who need it most.
Ben “Gizmo” Walsh: My name is Gizmo! I am a Senior at the University of Vermont.I am studying Mechanical Engineering. I am from Newton, MA. In my free time I Love to play Basketball, Rowing enthusiast, and to hang out with Friends! One fun fact about me is I have been indoor skydiving! I am most looking forward to working with my other camp counselors to help fundraise for camp and get as many campers to come to Kesem as possible!
Caleb “Crush” White: My name is Crush and I am a junior in the Business program with a concentration in accounting. I grew up in Rutland, VT where I often rode dirt bikes and motorcycles in my free time. Last year was my first year with Kesem and I couldn’t have had a better experience at camp. There was such an amazing group of kids who were truly inspiring. I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces as long as meeting new campers! Counting down the days till next camp!
Elizabeth “Fig” Anderson: I’m Fig, a sophomore Math major from Rutland, Vermont! In my free time I usually hang out with friends and drink a ton of tea! A fun fact about me is that I’ve participated in Las Fallas, a Spanish festival where you run down a mountain with a lit torch on your back. I joined Camp Kesem because my brother was part of UVM’s Camp Kesem. I’ve met amazing people and am inspired by our campers everyday. Kesem makes me want to be a stronger person, and these young kids are my role models for that.
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:
Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.
Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.
The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.
Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.
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.
Lauren joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. Her love for Camp Kesem began when she got involved during her first year of college, where she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for two years, then Co-Director. Lauren graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Public Health and Neuroscience, where she was also able to use her passion for serving others to get involved with public and global health research projects, focusing on topics including vector borne disease and global conflict. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Lauren currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
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