Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Saturday, November 9, 2019

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Spring Friends + Family Day

Details TBA

Make the Magic

2020 Event Details TBA

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Meet the Team

Anna Lee “Chip” McLean is a senior from Loganville, Georgia. She has been to camp three times as a yellow and red unit counselor. Chip’s favorite camp memory is watching the blue unit make sure all the red unit campers were having fun at the lake by taking them on canoes and jumping off the dock with the campers who were a little scared.

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Lucy “Staples” Vigil is a senior from St. Louis, Missouri majoring in Spanish and Human and Organizational Development. In her free time she loves to read and do art projects. Staples Kesems for the belly laughs and tears, for love and support, and mostly for the big old Kesem family that we’ve made.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Dayna “Ferbie” Goltz is a sophomore from Delray Beach, Florida majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and minoring in Scientific Computing. She Kesems for the campers who have become her role models for strength and kindness. A fun fact about Ferbie is that she is still scared of the dark.

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Sarah “Scrappy” Rose is a senior from Palo Alto, California majoring in Psychology and Medicine, Health, and Society with a minor in Corporate Strategy. She has been to camp twice as a red and green unit counselor and her favorite camp memory is messy games. In her free time Scrappy likes to hike, drink coffee, and try new restaurants.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Vishnu “Taz” Kasturi is a sophomore from Shaker Heights, Ohio majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society. His hobbies include playing soccer, listening to music, and working out. Taz Kesems to help make camp the best week possible for all of the amazing campers.

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Shreya “Libre” Rao is a senior from Naperville, Illinois majoring in Applied Math and Engineering Science and minoring in Computer Science and Engineering Management. She has been to camp once as a blue unit counselor and her favorite camp song is Hey Burrito. Libre’s hobbies include going to concerts, reading, and listening to podcasts.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Naomi “Wiggles” Baumgold is a junior from Bethesda, Maryland majoring in Psychology. She was a green unit counselor this past summer and her favorite camp song is the Jellyfish. In her free time Wiggle like to run, hike, and dance.

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Mehdi “Link” Sijelmassi is a sophomore from Sacramento, California majoring in Human and Organizational Management and minoring in Computer Science and Psychology. His hobbies include playing soccer, listening to music, and eating fries. Link loves floral clothing and hopes to pursue a career in organizational consulting.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Benjamin “Flo” Saba is a sophomore from Naples, Florida majoring in chemical Engineering and minoring in Engineering Management. His spirit animal is a manatee and his hobbies include playing soccer and going for runs.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Thomas “Fizz” Yates is a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio majoring in Biomedical Engineering. He has been to camp twice as a red unit counselor and his favorite camp song is Button Factory. Fizz’s hobbies include baseball and video games.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Laura “Guac” Fuhr is a senior from Richmond, Virginia majoring in Neuroscience and Medicine, Health and Society with a minor in Chemistry. She has been to camp twice as a red unit counselor and her favorite camp song is Penguin Power Team. Guac’s hobbies include running, eating, and doing research at the Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Olivia “Hops” Matthews is a freshman from Potomac, Maryland majoring in Child Development and Medicine, Health and Society with a minor in Spanish. Her hobbies include tennis, playing guitar, and eating fruit snacks. Hops kesems for all the joy, love and support that she’s seen Kesem magic bring to our amazing families.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Rachel “Lava” Mintz is a sophomore from North Caldwell, New Jersey majoring in Communications of Science, Engineering, and Technology with minors in Computer Science and Jewish Studies. She got her Kesem name because her favorite dessert is chocolate lava cake. Lava kesems because she went to summer camp for 8 years, and the relationships she made with her friends became a support system she still relies on today. She loves knowing that we are able to give those same relationships to people in a time when they need someone to lean on, as well as such a fun break from normal life.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University

Alex “Astro” Jolly is a senior from Nashville, Tennessee majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Engineering Management. He has been to camp twice as a blue unit and CIT counselor. Astro Kesems because he loves supporting the tradition of continuing to reignite that love and Kesem magic in the lives and hearts of so many counselors and campers every year.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Audrey “Spades” Pope is a junior from Stillwater, Oklahoma majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and minoring in Anthropology. She has been to camp twice as a red and blue unit counselor and her favorite camp memory is color wars. In her free time Spades likes to do yoga, read, drink tea, and play cards.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Minguk “Dash” Seo is a junior from Phoenix, Arizona majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. He has been to camp twice as a yellow and green unit counselor and his favorite camp song is Razzle Dazzle. Dash’s hobbies include rock climbing, dancing, and competing in half-marathons.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Sterling “Big Fudge” Evon is a junior from Knoxville, Tennessee majoring in Human and Organizational Development and minoring in Computer Science. He has been to camp twice as a yellow and green unit counselor and his favorite camp song is Hey Burrito.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

Courtney “Po” Bair is a senior from Columbus, Ohio majoring in Biology. She spends her free time cheerleading and doing research. Po’s favorite camp memory is leading a line dancing class this past summer as a green unit counselor.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University
Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

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 Vanderbilt University

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

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

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 Vanderbilt University

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 Vanderbilt University 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

Eliza Doll, Regional Program Director – eliza.doll@kesem.org
Eliza Doll, Regional Program Director – eliza.doll@kesem.org

Eliza joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in November 2018. She first joined Camp Kesem while attending Michigan State University, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and an Outreach Coordinator for two years. As an alum, she's also served as a Camp Advisor for five Kesem chapters. Eliza has previously worked and volunteered in disability respite care, refugee services, and parent education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Michigan State in May 2017 and plans to obtain her Master of Social Work with a focus in Mental Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eliza is originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, and plans to relocate to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

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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