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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year Camp Kesem Community!

Whether you've been at home, away from home, or anywhere in between for this time, we hope you find love and comfort in friends and family! Let's ring in a new year full of support, love and ~MAGIC~!


In this Newsletter:

Counselor Spotlight  | Event Recaps | What's Next?
Introducing our first Counselor Spotlight...
Dorian "Uke" Lumarque!

"Uke" is a second year Sophomore counselor with a huge heart of gold and a beautiful smile! Here is what he has to say:

What are you up to for Winter Break? 
I've been relaxing at home with family this break and taking time to rest up after a difficult quarter. At the same time, I'm getting organized and planning ahead to make winter quarter great! I'm also looking forward to exploring Antelope Canyon in northern Arizona this break, either with family or friends! 

Favorite Kesem moment?
Aside from the countless moments with campers that hold a special place in my heart, one of the most memorable moments was being "Jabba the Uke" at our Star wars fashion show :)

Why Kesem? 
It's such a meaningful cause - when I first heard about Camp Kesem, I was touched just knowing that there was a specific organization working to improve the lives of children in families dealing with cancer. Since becoming a counselor, I've been surrounded by incessant love, and my enthusiasm for the group grows the more I realize the positive impact we have on the families involved. A special light emanates from within all the Kesem counselors - I'm so fortunate to be able to share space with them both at Stanford and at camp. Most of all, I love the kids I've been able to work with! Their unique perspective on life and natural ability to love brings me great happiness, and I take away little lessons on life each time I'm with them. 

Cancer isn't a fun disease - but it does have this unique ability to bring people together. And it's by fostering this togetherness that the worries of the world are stripped away and we are allowed the gift of living wholly in the present. Kesem creates an environment that does just that; and it helps all involved, regardless of age or background, realize great joy in the company of others. That's what makes it magical. 

What's Been Happening???

Giving Tuesday!
Giving Tuesday 2016 was a massive success! :) With the help from hundreds of counselors, alums, families, and local supporters, we were able to raise just short of 10,000$ for Kesem in a single day! 

But of course... the giving never truly ends!
Amazon Smile and Amazon Wishlist!
Looking for a way to give DIRECTLY to Kesem for the holidays? Our Amazon Wishlist is live and could be what you've been searching for! The Amazon Wishlist allows users to directly purchase items that we need for camp, like art supplies, tape, and other essentials!

This link is connected to our Amazon Smile account, a service that allows us to get a small percentage of each item order on Amazon donated to Camp Kesem through Amazon's giving initiative. 

What's Next???

The Moth!

The Moth provides a platform for people to tell their stories live on stage, and these stories are often also shared through podcasts. Cardinal Nights at Stanford and Camp Kesem have decided to bring the themes of storytelling to Stanford's campus and allow students to tell stories on the theme "Lost and Found." 
Supporting storytelling and the sharing of stories has always been an important thing in the Camp Kesem Community and that is why we are sponsoring and helping Stanford's rendition of this story-telling spectacular. The Night of the event is January 20th. Come one, come all!
New Counselor Recruitment

In addition, the first few weeks of Winter Quarter are dedicated to new Counselor Recruitment! It's time to get some amazing and qualified new counselors in order to make Camp Kesem 2017 happen! :) 
And if you haven't seen our Kesem 2015 video - check it out here! 

We Have a New Website!

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