Camp Kesem Mizzou

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

July 28 – August 2, 2019

Camp Mihaska

1466 State Hwy N

Bourbon, MO 65441

August 4-9, 2019

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

October 28, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 7, 2019

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Make the Magic

April 27, 2019 at 6:00pm

Spazio Westport

12031 Lackland Rd

St. Louis, MO 63146

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Meet the Team

Jessie “Giggles” Hunkins: Hey everyone!! My name is Jessie, otherwise known as Giggles! I’m thrilled to serve as a co-director for this upcoming year and give the most deserving kiddos Kesem. I’m constantly blown away by the love and support out CK family provides and I can’t wait to be back at camp getting loose and funky! I Kesem for the happiness that exudes from the most inspiring kids I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting. I wholeheartedly believe I would not be the person I am today if I hadn’t found Camp Kesem.

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Ellie “Teddy” Brandt: Hi my name is Ellie but most people call me Teddy! I am a junior studying nursing here at Mizzou! My hobbies include Gaga ball, lip sync battles and eating lots of s’mores. Camp Kesem has helped mold me into the best Teddy I can be. There is a special love that this family shares and for that I am especially grateful! Can’t wait to swim, dance, sing and most of all laugh with everyone at camp this summer!

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Julia “Bitsy” Bambini: Hey I’m Bitsy! I’m currently a senior Journalism student here at Mizzou and this is my second time being the AMP Coordinator for our Camp Kesem chapter! I found out about Kesem through my siblings and I couldn’t imagine my college career or life without it. I’m always down for a good lip sync battle, messy olympics, or campfire with the family that Kesem has given me. This year, I am excited to help plan the best year of camp yet and can’t wait to be back with all of my kiddos this summer!

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Casey “Sparkle” Hendrickson: Hi guys, Sparkle here! I am currently a junior here at Mizzou majoring in Journalism- Public Relations! This is my second year with Kesem and first year as an AMP coordinator! I Kesem for all my amazing campers and famiyl and friends whose lives have been touched by cancer in so many ways. You guys are my strength! Camp Kesem was by far my favorite week of the summer and I can’t wait for more dance parties, laughs and hugs but mostly to help create the magic of Kesem!

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Jess “Corgi” Annen: Hi! My name is Jess but I love corgis so much that my friends call me Corgi! I’m a junior at Mizzou and I’m co-development chair with my friend Noodle. I decided to get involved with Kesem because the love for my father. He passed away from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, when I was 9. I’m really looking forward to making another great experience for the kids while they’re at camp this summer!

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Nick “Noodle” Wilhelm: Hello there, my name is Nick but all my friends call me Noodle. This will be my second year of camp this summer and I’m looking forward to it more than anything else! I am currently in my junior year studying finance. Some of my hobbies include running, hiking, bowling and making friends with everyone I meet! I am so excited to sing camp songs, dance, swim and have campfires this summer all while making it the best week ever at camp!

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Ben “Lil Boop” Frailey: Hey everybody! I’m Ben, but at camp people call me Lil Boop. I’m currently a sophomore computer science major, and I’m one of the Make the Magic coordinators! I Kesem because no kid deserves to have to deal with a parent battling cancer, and I love being able to give them the opportunity to have a fun-filled week with other kids who are dealing with similar circumstances. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to plan MTM and to play an active role in making Kesem the best it can be this year!

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Grace “Kiwi” Valadka: Hey guys, Kiwi here! I am a sophomore studying Journalism. I Kesem so that the kids know they are never alone and realize how truly loved they are. I am so excited to plan Make the Magic and see how much money we can raise for the kiddos. I am so grateful to be a part of Kesem and can’t wait to experiences the magic of camp all over again!

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Grace “Boo” Goedeke: Hi, I’m Boo! I’m a junior studying Secondary English Education. I’m a director for Make the Magic, our annual fundraising gala. I’m incredibly excited to plan this even and give back to the organization and kids who have changed my life. I Kesem because everyone deserves the family, support, and unconditional love Kesem has given me.

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Kayla “Hula” Frentzel: Hi my name is Hula! I’m a junior at Mizzou and I’m studying nursing and psychology. I Kesem in memory of my beautiful Nana who passed away from breast cancer, and to support kids who are going through similar situations. I’m most excited for messy olympics, dance parties and to make this year of camp the best one yet!

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Sam “Blue” Thomure: Hi everyone, my Kesem name is Blue! I am a senior studying Economics and business. I am very grateful to be a part of such an amazing family. I Kesem so I can give these kids a fun, impactful week where they can truly be kids. I am looking forward to planning and running a magical camp!

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Cole “Moonpie” Halcomb: Howdy there! To most I am Cole, a sophomore studying Chemical Engineering, but at Kesem I am Moonpie! From the moment my dear friend Giraffe mentioned Kesem, it stole my heart. My mom battled breast cancer throughout a majority of my childhood, and when given the ability to give back to those who helped her and give to children in similar situations I couldn’t help but get involved. I am part of the Operations Committee and I’m so excited to be able to have a hand in planning the magic of camp!

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Hannah “Granny” Nicolas: Hello! My name is Hannah, but better known to the Kesem family as Granny! I’m a senior psychology major and the CK Mizzou Chief of Staff. I Kesem for one of my first friends at Mizzou, Crush. Her mom’s journey was cut short by cancer, but her legacy lives on through her incredibly selfless and dedicated daughter. This year, I’m looking forward to doing everything in my power to help the coordinator board give our campers the best week of their lives!

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Mary “Crush” Fisher: Hello! My name is Mary Fischer aka Crush. I am a senior at Mizzou studying Marketing and International Studies. I am so excited serving as one of the Outreach Coordinators for Kesem this year! I joined Camp Kesem because I wanted to help create a support system for kiddos who are going through something no one should ever have to. This organization has given me hope, healing, and a second family to rely on. My favorite parts of camp are dance parties, cabin chats, and color wars!

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Will “Frosty” Davis: Hey everybody, I’m Frosty! I’m a junior studying Journalism and Psychology. My favorite camp activity is messy olympics and my favorite camp song is “Three Buzzards.” Camp Kesem is special to me because it allows everyone (counselors and campers) to enjoy a week away from everyday stresses. I’m very excited to meet different families and to find new ways to get people involved in our great, goofy family.

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Jordan “Gucci” Lazenby: Hey guys! My name is Jordan, also known as Gucci. I’m a sophomore chemistry major, and I currently hold a position on the outreach team. I Kesem because I saw the impact this organization had on the kids at camp and on the Mizzou community as a whole. This year, I’m looking forward to extending Kesem influence around Mizzou campus and showing everyone how awesome this organization is! I’m also looking forward to going back to camp and experiencing the best week of my life all over again!

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Chandler “Bing” Grega: Hi my name is Bing! I’m a junior studying accounting. I love camp because it has give me some of the very best people I know! I Kesem so that the campers can have the most fun filled week. My favorite camp song is Get Loose, Get Funky! I can’t wait to be back at camp singing, dancing and playing gaga ball!

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Nate “Chicken” Privatera: Hey my name is Nate aka Chicken! I’m a Sports Management and Psychology major here at Mizzou in my junior year. I am one of the two Co-Volunteer Coordinators for the upcoming year and I am most excited to recruit the next generation of counselors!

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Regan “Waffles” O’Connor: Hi! My name is Regan but my camp friends call me Waffles. This is my second year of camp and I couldn’t be more excited for the year to come! I am a Health Sciences Pre-Med student who dreams of one day working in Immunology or Oncology. My hobbies include cooking (usually my bomb grilled cheeses), sitting and enjoying life on my front porch, and dancing my sock off. I can’t wait to get back to camp for days full of swimming, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, and of course the Talent show!

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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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Kling Family Foundation

The original funding to launch Camp Kesem at Mizzou 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

Shane Smith, Regional Program Director – shane.smith@kesem.org
Shane Smith, Regional Program Director – shane.smith@kesem.org

Shane joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in 2019. Shane first became involved with Camp Kesem as an inaugural member of the University of Kansas's chapter in 2016. During his time at the University of Kansas, Shane served as a counselor, Outreach Coordinator, Co-Director, and Advisory Board Member. Shane graduated from the University of Kansas in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies. Upon graduating from the University of Kansas, he has worked for the International Relations Council as the Membership Consultant and Assistant. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Shane now resides 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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