Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt University

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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
7/19/2020 - 7/25/2020

8824 Brownsford Rd, Fountain Run, KY 42133

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

Friday, March 13th, 2020

The Loveless Barn, 8400 Tennessee 100, Nashville, TN

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Vishnu 'Taz' Kasturi: Having the campers cut all of my hair at the talent show this summer!

Audrey 'Spades' Pope: My first Friends + Family Day! It was the first time I got to meet some of our campers, and I knew then that Kesem was "home."

Beatrice 'Luna' Mhando: My favorite Kesem memory is when we went to watch fireworks and our whole unit would yell "BOOM!" whenever the fireworks went off. it made me feel closer to my campers, and although an insignificant memory, it's one I'll never forget.

Alessandra 'Pluto' Sanchez-Medina: I am looking forward to growing the Kesem family on campus and spreading the Kesem magic! Can not wait for camp this summer!

Adrianna 'Peanut' Kowblansky: My favorite memory is during the carnival we held at camp this summer. I loved seeing all the kids get face paint, play in the bouncy house, and run around so genuinely happy.

Mattigan 'Sprinkles' Kelly: My favorite Kesem memory is doing Hoppers before the last meal of camp this summer. All the campers, counselors, and even some of the parents were going all out for the last one of the week and there was just so much energy and joy.

Levy 'Eggo' Sominsky: GAGA BALL of course! The game gets campers of all ages so excited about it while also really bringing out the fun spirit of Kesem that I will always remember.

Minjin 'Squirk' Choi: My favorite Kesem memory was the debrief on the last night of camp. As a dark blue counselor, it was such an amazing experience to witness all the new and old campers and counselors become one single, united family with Kesem deep in our hearts.

Benjamin 'Flo' Saba: I look forward to seeing all of our amazing campers again this summer.

Corry 'CoCo' Lavender: My favorite memories from camp is singing hoppers with the campers, and all of the endless games of GaGa ball. I look forward to going to camp again next summer !

Joshua 'Maxi' Villatuya: This year, I'm looking forward to seeing all of the campers from last year, as well as meeting new campers. I can't wait to see how things are going to change from last year to this year; I'm hoping for an even better year!

Jessica 'Dory' Noble: My favorite Kesem memory is singing Lean on Me one night at camp this summer. After empowerment, we had a dance party and watched a firework show put on by our campsite, then did closing circle. It was such a powerful and uplifting day.

Mehdi 'Link' Sijelmassi: My favorite Kesem memory is my last cabin chat with the 14+ boys in my unit. As it was my first time at camp and first time as a unit leader, it was amazing to hear from campers who had been there for 9+ years on how Kesem has truly affected them.

Rachel 'Lava' Mintz: Last year, I was so lucky to get to interact with our awesome families as outreach coordinator, but after having gotten to experience the Kesem magic of camp, I can't wait to work towards it with this new perspective this year!

Sarah 'Nada' Marriott: My favorite Kesem memory was my first empowerment ceremony; I was completely in awe of the vulnerability, compassion and kindness that emanated from every single camper. It was truly magical, and I have never been a part of a more loving community.

Jonathan 'Rio' Hung: The dance party after my first Empowerment as a camper was one of the happiest moments of my life.

Alex 'Yeast' Triko: My favorite Kesem memory is paddleboarding on a beautiful lake with the green unit campers. We all eventually learned how to stand up on the boards and had some really intense races. I can't wait for a rematch!

Andy 'Breezy' Ruan: My favorite Kesem memory happened at the pool. One of my campers and I reenacted the scene from Lion King where Scar pushes Mufasa into the valley. It was completely unprompted and 100% improvised.

Minguk 'Dash' Seo: My favorite Kesem memory is the Empowerment ceremony during my first year of camp.

Jessica 'Boots' Thomas: My favorite Kesem memory is Water Wars from my first year of camp! My campers had a winning strategy and everyone found a way to get involved.

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 Vanderbilt University

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, Regional Program Director –

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.

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.