Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

Camp Kesem at West Virginia University

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

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1 Session
6/7/2020 - 6/12/2020

297 Emma Kaufmann Camp Road, Morgantown, WV 26508

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


Erickson Alumni Center

1 Alumni Dr  Morgantown WV 26505

Tickets Available

Meet the Team

Lillian 'Brick' Rhinehart: I have so many favorite memories from Kesem! But, one that comes to mind is when one night in the youngest girls cabin before bed, all the campers were passing around kind notes to each other. It was so touching to see all of their faces light up :,)

Brady 'Dobby' Ohrn: My favorite Kesem memory is being the BEST MAN in a stuffed animal wedding in the Talent Show. That was the funniest, weirdest, most unforgettable CAMP MEMORY I WILL EVER HAVE. I loved every second of it!

Peyton 'Peaches' Keener: I am so excited to see how the kids have grown since I last saw them at Friends & Family Day/camp. Being able to witness their personal growth over the years is so awesome.

Katie 'Aqua' Carnefix: I am most looking forward to fundraising and preparing for the summer camp. This is my forst year being involved in Camp Kesem and I am so ready and excited to be a part of something that is larger than myself.

Eva 'Zelda' MacFarland: I'm so excited for another successful year at CKWVU!

Andrea 'Buttercup' Abboud: Most looking forward to camp! I can't wait to meet all the kiddies!

Kirsten 'Banjo' Hylton: I love Kesem because it provides a support system that sees children through and beyond a difficult period in their life. I am excited to meet goals in order to ensure the best possible outcome for camp this year!

Allie 'Butterfly' Satterfield: I am looking forward to seeing campers be whoever they want to be at Camp Kesem. I am beyond excited to build new relationships with my directors, coordinator board, campers, and beyond. I cannot wait to see how Kesem will change my life.

Jacob 'draco' Stanley: My favorite Kesem memory was, when we had the talent show and a bunch of the campers and we sang a song/danced on stage!

Emma 'Noodles' Hines: My favorite memory is playing sharks and minnows at the First Friend's and Family day last year and everyone falling and throwing their bodies everywhere to not get caught.

Danielle 'Mac' Neely: I am looking forward to finally meeting all of the campers that I will be communicating with. I am excited to be able to create memories with these campers that will last a lifetime for the both of us.

Alexis 'Sunny' Grbac: I am looking forward to seeing camp all put together and meeting all the kids that come. I think it is going to be a really amazing experience.

Loran 'Cat ' Wornstaff : I'm looking forward to seeing all the kids have a great time at camp and be their true selfs for a week!

Justin 'Bandit' Caraher: Teaching my chapter LaTush (a dance)

Blake 'Wiz' Speicher: I look forward to creating great memories with everyone involved in Kesem this year.

Anna 'Woo' Gurdak: My favorite Kesem memory from camp is messy wars. It was heart-warming to watch TLPs put their leadership skills into action, and organize something for the entire camp. Everyone was full of happiness and laughter, we were all enjoying it together.

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, 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.