Camp Kesem East Atlanta

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

July 21-26, 2019

Camp Westminster

2412 Lake Rockaway Rd NW

Conyers, GA 30012

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 3, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 14, 2019

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Make the Magic

March 22, 2019 at 6:00pm

Miller-Ward Alumni House

815 Houston Mill Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30329

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Meet the Team

Sejal “Sage” Waghray describes herself as hardworking and caring, but forever sassy. Her favorite season is fall because she loves sweater weather, colorful leaves, and how classy the word “autumn” sounds . She was a counselor for Red Unit and a member of the admin team and is so excited make magic again this year! When she isn’t doing Kesem things, Sage is busy taking pictures of everything she eats, competing across the country with her dance team, or scarfing down Taco Bell!

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Vijay “Brown Bear” Joshi has been part of Kesem for all four of his years at college, and had his first week of camp this past year as a part-time yellow unit counselor and member of admin! His favorite camp activities are singalongs and eating s’mores. Brown Bear was raised up in northern California where he grew to love bonfires on the beach, hiking, and learning about people. His favorite food is hash browns and his favorite color is blue. Brown Bear hopes to attend medical school and pursue psychiatry.

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Palak “Spinach” Suri: Say hello to Spinach! Her camp name is not because of her love for spinach but because her name is the same as a popular Indian dish. Spinach has lived in over 7 states but most recently is from Northern California. In her free-time she loves baking, exploring new places, biking, hanging out with friends and EATING. A fun fact about Spinach is that she is incredibly clumsy and got a concussion by falling asleep in the shower. She hopes to go into the healthcare industry and help transform it.

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Leotie “Ninetales” Hakkila is IN LOVE with all things geeky (And no, her name is not from Naruto: it’s from Pokemon), and she loves to have fun at any time of the day. It’s true; one of her talents is to be able to make up new games on the spot! If you wanted to ask her who her favorite person in the world is, she would say it’s her amazing sister. Ninetales is a fencer, a rock-climber, a self-proclaimed foodie, and loves to play video games in her free time!

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Michael “Crush” Labib: All the way from Atlanta, GA, say hello to Crush! Crush is named after one of his favorite Pixar characters in “Finding Nemo”. Crush enjoys music, soccer / watching the premier league, road trips, and playing piano / drums. This is Crush’s 4th year with Camp Kesem, and he can’t wait for the best year yet!

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Camp Kesem East Atlanta

Sylvie “Tuck” Stolar: Meet Tuck! Tuck is a Chicago girl who is all about camp life. Tuck got her name because she wore a “NanTUCKet” sweatshirt to her first Kesem event. She loves eating, grocery shopping, and talking about food, but has an irrational fear of tomato-based products. Tuck once stayed awake for 40 hours straight, but she definitely does not recommend it. You can always find Tuck watching too many TV shows, listening to early 2000s hip-hop/R&B, and keeping up with celebrity gossip!

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Pragya “Agent P” Mishra used to watch Phineas and Ferb and loves Perry the Platypus, obviously. She became Agent P during her years volunteering at a museum spy camp for kids. Agent P loves to meet different people, learn new things, volunteer, and laugh. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, and writing anything and everything. She is kinda obsessed with KPOP, Hamilton, French music, and is open to learning about other musical genres.

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Akshay “Monkey” Raghuram: Hailing from the Lone Star State, say hello to Monkey! Monkey has been a part of Kesem and the Development team for two years. His hobbies are playing tennis (He’s a National Champion!), listening to music, and hanging out with friends. Monkey studies Chemistry and Math and currently works in a Drug Discovery lab. Fun fact, Monkey was on ESPN and placed 17th in the National Spelling Bee. Monkey, like Brown Bear, also hopes to attend medical school, but probably something other than psychiatry.

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Camp Kesem East Atlanta

Niyati “Reese’s” Upadhyay is from West Palm Beach, Florida, meaning she loves the beach and salty air. Her name originates from her love for the chocolate, peanut buttery goodness that is a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Reese’s is a hard-working, dedicated person who loves to volunteer and help other people out. She hopes to go to medical school one day and continue making a difference on other people’s’ lives! In her free time, she loves to bake, cook, and try new food!

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Zachary “Crumble” Goldman: Coming all the way from NYC, say hello to Crumble! Crumble is named after his love for apple and blueberry crumble pie. He is super excited for this coming year and can’t wait to meet everyone on his committee. In his free time, Crumble loves to play tennis, try new delicious food, and row. He also loves to travel and just have a good time!

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Sanjaly “Goose” Geevarghese: Say hello to Goose! Goose has been part of Kesem since the start of college and was a counselor for the Blue Unit this past year! Goose grew up in Nashville, TN and her favorite thing do is spend time with the people that love her and eat food. Her favorite color is cerulean like the crayon color! She wants to be a lawyer when she grows up and make the world a better place!

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Isabelle “Curly’s” Gefke: Curly’s name obviously comes from her crazy hair, and her unhealthy obsession with curly fries. She grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and loves to be outdoors hiking, kayaking, or skiing. She loves to volunteer wherever she can, and will never say no to getting some frozen yogurt. Curly was a counselor for blue unit this past summer and cannot wait to come back again. If not busy with other things, you can find her jamming out to some EDM or playing sand volleyball with some friends!

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Jamie “Wings” Guillen, famously known for her atrocious makeup skills, enjoys falling off of wheelchairs, spending times with good friends, and talking about her mini Australian Shepherd Oliver Myelin. Seriously, don’t get her started. She’s currently working at Winship Cancer Institute, double majoring in neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Psychology, and crying about graduate school applications.

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Daniel “Tumble” Glodener: If you’re bored and looking to spice up your life for 15 seconds, just pester Tumble to do a backflip for you. He might even teach you a flip or two if you seem interested enough. Born and raised in Georgia, Tumble loves to explore the beautiful lakes, hills, and woods around the state. He likes playing guitar when he should be studying and enjoys doing Capoeira and rowing for Emory Crew. This is his third year with Camp Kesem, and he can’t wait for next summer to roll around!

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Palak “Spinach” Suri: Say hello to Spinach! Her camp name is not because of her love for spinach but because her name is the same as a popular Indian dish. Spinach has lived in over 7 states but most recently is from Northern California. In her free-time she loves baking, exploring new places, biking, hanging out with friends and EATING. A fun fact about Spinach is that she is incredibly clumsy and got a concussion by falling asleep in the shower. She hopes to go into the healthcare industry and help transform it.

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Camp Kesem East Atlanta

Yoni “Yogi Bear” Benzacar: Meet Yogi Bear! Yogi’s name comes from the constant mispronunciation of his real name along with his deep love for everything outdoors especially hiking and rock climbing. Yogi is a native California boy (which he would probably tell you within 5 minutes of meeting him) and likes to spend his free time boxing, reading, or hanging out with some good friends. Yogi is a big fan of his hometown team the Lakers and loves to watch games with his three sisters!

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Tulasi “Daisy” Kadiyala comes from Connecticut and has been involved with Camp Kesem for 3 years! She attended her first camp this summer as a counselor for yellow girls, and loved making friendship bracelets for her campers. Her favorite hobbies include: singing, eating great food, and hanging out with her dog, Buster. She is currently studying pre-medicine and is a psychology major. She works at a Memory/Development Lab and hopes to become a pediatrician or child psychiatrist.

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Loqman “Sherloq” Adnane: Sherloq’s (unlike Sherlock Holmes!) only detective work is done when he misplaces his wallet. Sherloq loves Philly cheesesteaks! His hobbies include: game development, music production, watching anime, playing video games, and working on his startup that provides clean water to the world. This is Sherloq’s third year as a part of Camp Kesem and he hopes to go to Medical school after his pursuit of research to help stroke victims. He is excited to see his fellow Green Cabin campers again!

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Camp Kesem East Atlanta

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.

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

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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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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

Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director – jean-luc@kesem.org
Jean-Luc Rivera, Regional Program Director – jean-luc@kesem.org

Jean-Luc joined the Camp Kesem National team in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. He first got involved with Camp Kesem in 2014 as a counselor with the Camp Kesem at North Carolina chapter and returned as a counselor again for his senior year. After graduating, he worked for Camp Corral, a camping nonprofit that provides military children with a free camping experience. There he was able to learn the ropes of the camping world and develop his passion for camp even more. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Biology. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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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