Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Summer 2020 Details TBA

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

Saturday, December 7, 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

Brady “Dobby” Ohrn: Hi my name is Dobby! I am a co-director of Camp Kesem at West Virginia University. I am a junior from Parkersburg, WV, and I’m studying psychology. This is my third year in Kesem, and each year my love for this organization grows. My favorite camp song is Pizza Man. I cannot wait to work with our amazing coordinators, and I am more than excited to see where we go and what we can do! Camp Kesem at WVU is gonna rock it this year!

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Jordan “Catdog” Harvey: My name is Catdog and I’m a co-director of WVU’s Camp Kesem. I’m a senior chemistry and psychology major. I’ve spent three incredible years with this organization helping awesome and resilient kids through and beyond their parent’s cancer. I’m beyond excited to see what more great things we can accomplish this year!

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Sami “Dunkin” DeMartino: Hi, my name is Dunkin and I am a senior Exercise Physiology major at West Virginia University. I am originally from Stamford, Connecticut. This is my second year at Camp Kesem, my first year as an AMP coordinator, and I am so excited. I love Kesem because it allows kids to be themselves, be adventurous, and forget home hardships. Camp Kesem is Magical and there is nowhere else I would rather be.

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Natalie “Bubbles” Fowler: Hi! I’m Bubbles! Currently, I am a senior in the Exercise Physiology program with an emphasis in Aquatic Therapy and have a minor in Personal Training. I serve as the AMP Coordinator and love being apart of the Kesem community because it gives me a chance to belong to something much greater than myself. To me, Kesem is an inspirational organization that touches the lives of everyone involved, and I am so excited to see where this year takes us!

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Brittany “Harley” Joseph: My name is Harley and I am the development co-coordinator of Camp Kesem at WVU. I am a senior Biology major with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies and I am from Charleston, WV. I have loved watching Kesem at WVU grow over the last three years and can’t wait to see how we can make this year the best one yet for all our amazing campers.

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Eva “Zelda” MacFarland: Hi! My name is Eva MacFarland, and I am a junior Psychology and Biology double major. I’m so excited to be a Make the Magic coordinator this year and have lots of ideas to put into practice! Kesem is so important to me because it’s a one of a kind support system for kids of all ages affected by a parent’s cancer.


Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Nila “Cupcake” Manivannan: My name is Cupcake and I’m a Make-the-Magic Coordinator of Camp Kesem at WVU. I am a senior biochemistry and psychology double major. I love Camp Kesem because kids can feel supported and form lifelong relationships with others who know what it’s like to have a parent with cancer.

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Erin “Rosie” Cornett: Hi, my name is Rosie and I am an operations coordinator of Camp Kesem. I am responsible for planning all the activities that happen at camp! I am a senior pursuing a degree in elementary education and a minor in sociology. I do Kesem to see a smile across the faces of kids who live every day in the unfairness of life’s circumstances yet inspire me and those around them to live a life of purpose and strength. This is my second year and I could not be more excited to plan another year of camp!

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Josh “Baby G” Keefer: Hi! I’m Baby G, a senior from Berekely Springs, West Virginia. I am studying Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Health Professions. I am an Operations coordinator and this my third year with Kesem. I super excited for this upcoming year. I love Camp Kesem because it allows kids to just be kids again.

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Isabella “Pebbles” Rollo: Hi my name is Pebbles and I am the Outreach co-coord of Camp Kesem here at WVU! I am a senior Elementary Education major hoping to become an elementary school teacher. My love for Camp Kesem started three years ago and continues to grow stronger each year. I cannot imagine my life without Kesem and without my little kids who inspire me endlessly.

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Nicole “Crick” Williams: Hi my name Crick! I am a sophomore psych major here at WVU. I love being a part of Kesem because I am also a child affected by my parents cancer. This organization has allowed me help myself by helping others. Kesem has given me a family and constant support, and allows me to give that back to other kids who need it as well.

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
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West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Garima “Chocolate” Agarwal: Hi, my name is Chocolate. I am the Treasurer this year. I am a senior biochemistry major. I love Kesem because it’s a support system for life for kids who deserve it and need it the most!

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Ali “Scrunchie” Rodriguez: Hi I’m Scrunchie! I am a junior in Special Education and one of the Volunteer Coordinators. I love scrunchies, being apart of the Kesem community, and camp! Camp was the best week of my life, and I can’t wait to do it all again this year!

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Rachel “Foxy” Hale: I’m Foxy and I’m a senior at WVU and I’m majoring in computer science! I’m from Radford, Virginia. This is my second year being involved in Camp Kesem and I can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia University
Camp Kesem at West Virginia 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:

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

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

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

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

Camp Kesem at West Virginia 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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia University was generously provided by Highmark, Battles Foundation, State of West Virginia, Scare to Care, Tim Shaw and Vernon Shaw.

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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