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Important Dates

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Camp Sessions

Week 1: August 11-17, 2019
Week 2: August 18-24, 2019

Camp Piankatank

1586 Stamper’s Bay Rd.

Hartfield, VA 23071

Friends + Family Days

Fall Friends + Family Day

November 4, 2018

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Spring Friends + Family Day

April 7, 2019

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Make the Magic

March 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Two Rivers Country Club

1400 Two Rivers Road

Williamsburg, VA 23185

Tickets available now

Meet the Team

Eliza “Thornberry” McKenney: Meet Thornberry! She is a senior from Cumberland, Maine. Fun fact: “I have a lot of freckles on my toes.”

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Nadia “Flipper” Critchley: Meet Flipper! She is a senior from Falls Church, Virginia. Fun fact: “I couldn’t speak English until pre-K!”

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Emily “Popsicle” Lawson: Meet Popsicle! She’s a senior from Richmond, Virginia. Fun fact: “I play rugby! My position is scrum half.”

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Mia “Panda” Chand: Meet Panda! She’s a senior from Falls Church, Virginia. Fun fact: “I have an eleventh toe!!”

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Aidan “Sushi” McKee: Meet Sushi! He is a senior from Belmont, Massachusetts. Fun fact: “I became a Canadian citizen on Novermber 7, 2017!”

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Eve “Jingle” Grill: Meet Jingle! She is a sophomore from Vienna, Virginia. Fun fact: “One of my greatest talents is my hula hooping abilities– I’ve won (almost) every hula hoop competition I’ve entered.”

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Emily “Ace” Hynes: Meet Ace! She’s a senior from Richmond, Virginia. Fun fact: “I have formal ballroom dance training and I dream of being on the HIT Netflix show (no one can convince me it’s not a hit) Baby Ballroom (though I am not a baby).”

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Libby “Bounce” Johnson: Meet Bounce! She is a senior from Madison, New Jersey. Fun fact: “I travelled with the circus as a mime for 3 years as a child! I have very good nonverbal communication as a result.”

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Kelly “Cub” Schorr: Meet Cub! She is a sophomore from Princeton, New Jersey. Fun fact: “I was accidentally tripped by Matthew McConaghey once in the airport– had to get 3 stitches in my lip, but totally worth it.”

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Sunita “Dogwood” Ganesh: Meet Dogwood! She is a junior from Richmond, Virginia. Fun fact: “I’m allergic to shellfish!”

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Sydney “Snuggles” Hecht: Meet Snuggles! She is a senior from Oro Valley, Arizona. Fun fact: “I went paragliding this summer!”

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Tess “Socks” Ruona: Meet Socks! She is a sophomore from Edison, New Jersey. Fun fact: “I have swam over 100,000 miles in my life!”

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Natalie “Lavender” Lyman: Meet Lavender! She is a sophomore from Berryville, Virginia. Fun fact: “Wendy’s shot a commercial in my home town once and I was a featured in it!”

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Duncan “Duncan” Goodrich: Meet Danger! He’s a senior from Richmond, Virginia. Fun fact: “I once tied 16 cherry stems in a knot with my tongue in 60 seconds– true talent.”

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Claire “Buddy” Williams: Meet Buddy!
She is a senior from Apex, North Carolina.
Fun fact: “I have two: I potty trained myself in one day.. and I can clap with one hand. Ask me for evidence next time you see me– I will amaze you!”

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Joey “Finch” Cronin: Meet Finch!
He’s a junior from Centreville, Virginia.
Fun fact: “One time I was hit by a car on a run and said sorry..whoops.”

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Kia “Kobe” Garret: Meet Kobe!
She’s a senior from Richmond, Virginia.
Fun fact: “I once ate an entire jar of Nutella in one day.”

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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 William & Mary University 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

Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director – hannah.depriest@kesem.org
Hannah DePriest, Regional Program Director – hannah.depriest@kesem.org

Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in April 2019. She first fell in love with the organization while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and Co-Director for two. During her time as a student she also served as a Camp Advisor, Camp Prep Volunteer, Funder Prospect Research Intern and on the National Student Panel. She will graduate in May from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Public Relations. From Omaha, Nebraska, she will reside in Chicago, Illinois, and can often be found enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee or exploring new breakfast restaurants.

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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