Camp Kesem Princeton

Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

August 18-22, 2019

Camp Johnsonburg

822 Rte 519

Johnsonburg, NJ 07825

Friends + Family Days

Spring Friends + Family Day

March 30, 2019

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Make the Magic

Date and Location TBD

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Ashley “Cloud” Dong: Hello! I’m Cloud, a junior studying Economics at Princeton. Since I joined Camp Kesem my freshman year as a counselor, I’ve only grown to love the organization even more. As director, I feel very lucky I get to work with inspiring students, parents and kids to spread the love of Kesem and give this community a home away from home. I was born and raised in Madison, Alabama and I love coffee, dogs and mangoes!

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Marina “Teddy” Latif: I’m Marina (Teddy) Latif from Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, and I’m the director! I’m a senior majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. On campus, I’m also a member of the Mental Health Initiative, and work on the Daily Princetonian. Growing up with a mother battling cancer, I’ve experienced firsthand the impact that cancer can have on a family. As a result, I hope that by participating in Camp Kesem I can help other children in a similar position by making camp a great experience for them all!

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Anthony “Cubby” Chen: I’m Anthony (Cubby) Chen from Morgantown, West Virginia. I’m a sophomore at Princeton University and plan on studying Psychology or Neuroscience. On campus I also enjoy being a part of Triple 8, Princeton’s East Asian dance company, and playing music. This is my second year being involved with Camp Kesem and I am so excited!

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Jessie “Buckeye” Giller: Hi, my name is Jessie “Buckeye” Giller and I’m one of this year’s AMP coordinators! I absolutely love the kids of Kesem and had a blast at camp this past summer. I’m excited to help build another great year and see all the kids at camp next summer!

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Jenna “Athena” Shaw: Hey! I’m Jenna “Athena” Shaw, one of the development coordinators for Camp Kesem Princeton. I’m a junior, and I’ve been a part of Camp Kesem as a development coordinator since my freshman year. At Princeton, I study in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a focus on climate policy, and I’m involved with Club Soccer and the Campus and Community Affairs committee of Student Government. Kesem is by far my favorite activity on campus, and I’m excited for another year!

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Maddie “Moose” Wu: Hi, my name is Maddie “Moose” Wu. I am super excited to be the co-coordinator for Development for Camp Kesem Princeton!! I am sophomore from Grosse Pointe, MI studying East Asian Studies with certificates in Musical Theatre and Teacher Prep. This is my second year in the Camp Kesem family, and I am so excited for the year! Besides Kesem, I am involved with the Princeton Women’s Club Soccer team and the Princeton University Players.

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Jessica “Hedgehog” Goehring: Hi! I’m Hedgehog – a Senior from Riverside, California. I am a Molecular Biology major and also heavily involved in the Pace Center for Civic Engagement on campus. This will be my fourth year with Camp Kesem, and I have really enjoyed getting to know our campers and their families over these past few years. This year, I’m so excited to back for my senior year as Operations coordinator! This summer, I can’t wait to see how the campers have grown over the past year.

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Jack “Biscuit” Allen: Hi! I’m Jack “Biscuit” Allen, a sophomore from Manchester, England hoping to major in Slavic Studies. On campus, I’m the co-director of the Princeton US-China Coalition’s Global Governance Forum, play club field hockey, and write restaurant reviews and arts roundups for The Prospect. I’m so excited to be serving as one of this year’s Operations Coordinators this year – the more I hear about camp, the more excited I am for summer to come!

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Alison “Sunshine” Chang: Hi, my name is Sunshine (Alison Chang), and I’m from sunny Southern California. Here at Princeton, I’m studying anthropology while pursuing the premed track. Outside of Kesem, I’m also a member of the women’s golf team. I love warm weather (~sunshine~), my team, making new friends, California, açaí bowls, my Kesem family, Murray Dodge cookies, and dogs.

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Alice “Goldilocks” Vinogradsky: Hey there! My name is Goldilocks and I’m a junior from New Jersey studying Molecular Biology and Global Health and Health Policy. Outside of the classroom, I love cooking, swimming, ice skating, and of course– Camp Kesem. I am so appreciative of the energy, excitement, and resilience that my Kesem family exudes every single day, and will forever be grateful for the memories and experiences we have made together!

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Nasir “Coconut” Ismael: Hi, I’m Nasir “Coconut” Ismael and I’m a Sophomore from London, England. I plan on majoring in Spanish and Linguistics. I am currently learning Portuguese and might start Italian and/or French. I am involved with Princeton’s Undergraduate Language Program, Community House After School Enrichment, Big Sibs and Matriculate. This is my second year at Kesem and I am excited to be the Treasurer! Camp was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to see all my campers again next summer!

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Allen “Maui” Kong: Hi! I am Allen “Maui” Kong, and this will be my first year serving as a Volunteer Coordinator! I’m from the island of Guam, and I am a sophomore currently studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. On campus, I am also involved in Pre-Medical Society and Club Volleyball. I love chilling with friends, eating good food, and playing music. Camp memories from singing camp songs to playing capture the flag in color wars makes Camp Kesem so unique and amazing! I can’t wait to come back this summer!

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Stephen “Ringo” Chen: Hey everybody! My name is Stephen “Ringo” Chen. I’m from Morgantown, West Virginia and am a senior studying psychology. The past 3 summers, I’ve been a counselor and have had an absolute blast! This year, as a volunteer coordinators, I can’t wait to make CK Princeton 2019 just as memorable. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to, writing, and performing music, watching and playing sports, and hanging out with family and friends. I’m really excited for all the fun to be had at camp this summer!

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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 Princeton University was generously provided by Novartis, and Cecily Cameron and Derek Schrier.

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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