Camp Kesem at University of Washington

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Camp Sessions

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Friends + Family Days

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Make the Magic

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Meet the Team

Rachel “Kitty” Hand: My name is Rachel “Kitty” Hand. I’m a senior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Law, Societies, and Justice. My brother found Camp Kesem at UW after our dad passed away to cancer and when he told me about it, I knew I had to get involved. I Kesem for the amazing kiddos we see each year and for my own family. This will be my fourth year with Camp Kesem, and my second year as Co-Director. Joining Kesem was the best decision I have ever made and I can’t wait for this year!

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Daniel “Crush” Brewer: My name is Daniel “Crush” Brewer. I joined Camp Kesem four years ago when I saw a high school friend marketing Kesem on our campus. Seeing the energy and passion that our student volunteers bring to our program is incredible. It’s worth it every time when you see the “magic” of camp working within each and every one of the kids we serve. I have volunteered at three camp sessions and served as the Outreach coordinator this past year. Now I am looking forward to serving as one of the Co-Directors.

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Gal “Goofy” Snir: My name is Gal or Goofy! I’m going to my third year with UW Kesem and a double degree in dance and biology. My favorite part of our Kesem chapter is seeing fellow students find their community, despite how big UW can feel. I can’t name a favorite part of camp because there’s too many moments but I love seeing new campers open up throughout the week and make lifelong friendships.

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Jenny “Mango” Gonser: Hey! I’m Mango! I am a senior majoring in public health and minoring in education, learning and society. This is my third year in Camp Kesem and my second as an AMP coordinator. What I appreciate the most about Camp Kesem is that we encourage every child and counselor to be the weirdest, most authentic version of themselves and I think that’s the reason why we all bond so much in just a short week. I am so excited to be a part of Camp Kesem at UW for another wonderful year!

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Ashley “Jace” MacPherson: My name is Ashley “Jace” MacPherson and I’m a senior studying public health and nutritional sciences. I’m one of the AMP coordinators with Mango for the 2018-2019 school year. My favorite Camp Kesem moment was getting hugged by my whole unit after twister with paint during messy Olympics! I’m excited to outreach with kesem alumni and to document all our fun moments this year.

Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington

Peter “Oatmeal” Adler: I’m Peter “Oatmeal” Adler. I’m a senior at UW majoring in biochemistry. One day I’d like to be either a physician or a physician’s assistant. My hobbies include the creation of animated music videos, or just kickin’ it with friends. This will be second year as a Kesem counselor, and my first year as a development coordinator. I received the “goofball award” this year at camp, which is a pretty good description of my philosophy in life! I’m excited to have an amazing year of Kesem with you all!

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Nicole “Squirrel” Lobkov: Hello! My name is Nicole “Squirrel” Lobkov, and I use they/them pronouns. I’m a third year student studying Communications and Comparative History of Ideas with minors in Diversity and English. Although Camp Kesem wasn’t a resource for me (yet) in 2007 when my mom passed away from cancer, from the moment I stepped on UW’s campus I knew I had to get involved. I am so lucky to be a part of such a special group of humans that aims to provide support and care for kids just like me!

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Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington

Thomas “Appa” Khuu: Hi, my name’s Appa and I’m a senior majoring in Biochemistry. Camp Kesem has been one of the most rewarding, crazy, and fun experiences I’ve had during my time at UW, and I have my freshman year roommate/best friend/current director to thank for bringing me to my first meeting! I Kesem because I’ve seen the positive impact CK has on our campers and their families, but also admit to sticking around for so long because I’ve had so much fun hanging out with all the kids and other counselors.

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Michaela “Cupcake” Todd: Hi y’all, I’m Cupcake! I’m a sophomore at UW majoring in Medical Anthropology and Global Health, with minors in Nutrition and Environmental Studies. My first week of college I was handed a flyer for Kesem. I conjured up all the bravery I could find, went to my first meeting alone, and haven’t looked back since. I Kesem because the magic in the community, the kids, and the magic I’ve found within myself, is something special and irreplaceable.

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Maddy “Kuzco” Carr: Hello! My name is Maddy “Kuzco” Carr. I am a senior majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Nutritional Science. This is my third year in Kesem, my second as a Make the Magic coordinator and I am so excited for this next year in Kesem! Joining Camp Kesem has been the greatest experience of my college career, and I have made countless memories and friendships. I fell in love with Kesem at the very first meeting, and I am so grateful to have found this community.

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Annie “Periwinkle” Mao: My name is Annie “Periwinkle” Mao. I am a senior double majoring in computer science and neurobiology. This is my second year as an Operations coordinator and I love everything about it. I enjoy making schedules and brainstorming creative activities. I am very excited to implement the new Teen Leadership Program and I hope the campers will enjoy the fun new activities we have in store for them!

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Kevin “Russell” Pham: Good afternoon, my name is Russell. I chose my camp name because Pixar’s Up is one of my favorite movies. In the two sessions of camp I volunteered at, my favorite activity was messy olympics. I discovered Kesem last year when I saw a table on campus and I instantly wanted to get more involved. There is no other organization with such a strong community and I’m excited to see where this year leads.

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Kate “Almond” Armstrong: Hi everyone! My name is Kate “Almond” Armstrong and I am one of the Operations Coordinators for Camp Kesem at the University of Washington. I am a sophomore studying Spanish and Economics. After my first summer at camp, I truly got to see the magic of Kesem and knew that I wanted to take on a bigger role in this organization. Kesem is such a loving and supportive community, and I’m so honored to be a part of it!

Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington

Grace “Goose” Kastner: My name is Grace “Goose” Kastner. I got my name originally from Mother Goose because I’m an Early Childhood and Family Studies major and shortened it to Goose. This will be my second year being apart of Kesem and am very excited for the year to come! I really enjoy working with the families throughout the year to help get them ready for camp!

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Nathan “Biscuits” Nishi: Hi, my name is Nathan aka biscuits and I’m a junior majoring in Physiology. This is my second year of kesem and my first year as an outreach coordinator for kesem! After seeing how much fun the kids had at camp, I can’t wait to get even more involved in making it happen once again.

Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
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Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington

Aubrey “Kronk” Phillips: Hi, my name is Kronk and I am the Treasurer for Camp Kesem at UW this year! This is my fourth year at UW and I am majoring in Chemical Engineering. I Kesem because everyone deserves to feel supported and understood during and after their family’s battle with cancer, and that support is exactly what the Kesem community provides. My favorite activity at camp is Messy Olympics and my favorite camp song is “60’s Party”! I can’t wait for another great summer at camp!

Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington

Aaron “Waves” Cheah: Hey! My name is Waves and I am a junior majoring in biochemistry. I’m super excited to be one of your volunteer coordinators this year! My favorite part about camp is getting to know all of the campers, seeing smiles on their faces, and spreading that Kesem magic. My favorite camp activity is Messy Olympics and I can’t wait to return next year!

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Lauren “Olaf” Beninger: I’m Olaf and I love seeing the kids having the time of their lives and how they’re able to become comfortable enough to open up and grow as individuals during camp. One of my favorite things is knowing what a positive impact Kesem has on them, and is so rewarding for me to see. All in all, being a part of the reason why camp gets to happen has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had the privilege of having.

Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington
Camp Kesem at University of Washington

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 Washington

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

Camp Kesem at University of Washington

The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.

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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 Washington 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

Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director – dionna.arimes@kesem.org


Dionna Arimes, Regional Program Director – dionna.arimes@kesem.org

Dionna joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2018. She first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor and continued on to become a member of the coordinator team as a Development Coordinator and two-year Co-Director. She also served as a member of the 2017-2018 National Student Panel and 2018 Spring Events Intern. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with a B.S.A. in Neuroscience and a certificate in Business Foundations. Originally from Howard County, Maryland, Dionna now resides in Denver, Colorado.

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.

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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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