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Hi Camp Kesem UC Irvine! This is pebbles and I work for Camp Kesem National as a program director for the southwest region of the u.s. what does that mean exactly? well, i am lucky enough to work with the student leaders at 11 universities who also have a camp kesem! i got involved with ck when i was a ucla student and this will be my 5th summer experiencing the the kesem magic. i love kesem because it gives our campers the chance to have fun and forget about responsibilities they may carry with them around the year. it also empowers college students to become incredible leaders and develop skills that they will carry with them into the professional world. so, welcome to camp kesem and get ready for an amazing week this summer of fun, laughs

and a whole lot of silly!!

It is our pleasure to announce camp kesem at uci’s first newsletter. it has been an amazing experience watching us grow from day one. we have come so far yet we still have plenty of work before our first camp this summer. we are extremely prouf of our hardworking and passionate coodinators who have helped make everything possible. some of our accomplishments have been raising over 10,000 for our chapter, picking a campsite, and mobilizing over 40 students to help out. we proudly helped out with susan’s magic makers back in september and in october, we attended a leadership summit in michigan! we couldn’t be anymore happier to join this family and bring the magic to the campus of uc irvine and the surrounding orange county area. we can’t wait to see more success this young chapter will accomplish and encourage your participation in everything kesem, from donations to helping us spread the word (and the magic!!)

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oNE OF THE GREAT RESOURCES CAMP KESEM IS ABLE TO PROVIDE TO OUR FAMILIES IS A LONGSTANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH VANTAGE ONCOLOGY. wITH VARIOUS CANCER TREATMENT FACILITIES AND AFFILIATIONS, VANTAGE ONCOLOGY IS ABLE TO PROVIDE FAMILIES WITH A HUGE VARIETY OF CRITICAL ONCOLOGY SERVICES, SERVING OVER 1,600 PATIENTS PER DAY all over america. Vantage oncology serves many organizations, including camp kesem, and their goal is to provide superior treatment and compassionate care for those diagnosed with cancer. They offer an environment of wellness through education, innovativetreatment options, and ongoing support so that the patients and their families can begin to restore their lives. Vantage oncology has experience with all types of cancers and develop patient-specific treatments involving advanced radiotherapy techniques AND SERVICES to give each patient the best treatment possible.

AVAILABLE TREATMENTS AND SERVICES: -CT SCANNING AND SIMULATION -ACCELERATED PARTIAL BREAT IRRADIATION -3D CONFORMAL RADIOTHERAPY -INTENSITY MODULATED RADIATION THERAPY -IMAGE-GUIDED RADIATION THERAPY -BRACHYTHERAPY (HIGH AND LOW DOSE RATE) -STEREOTACTIC RADIOSURGERY -STEROTACTIC BODY RADIATION THEREAPY -TOMOTHERAPY -VOLUMETRIC ARC THERAPY -RAPIDARC RADIOTHERAPY

CONTACT information: to contact a representative from camp kesem about vantage oncology: phone: (260) 225 - 3736 email: magic@campkesem.org for information on vantage oncology locations in your area, check out: www.vantageforcampkesem.org

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One of the first main events UCI CAMP KESEM TOOK PART IN THIS YEAR WAS GIVING TUESDAY. gIVING TUESDAY IS A NEW GIVING MOVEMENT BY THE un FOUNDATION FOLLOWING BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY TO KICK OFF THE HOLIDAY GIVING SEASON WITH A DAY DEDICATED TO: GIVING! THROUGH THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE GENEROSITY OF PEOPLE, REAL CHANCE CAN BE MADE IN THE COMMUNITY. THIS YEAR, cAMP KESEM WAS ABLE TO PARTNER WITH THE #GIVINGTUESDAY MOVEMENT BY LAUNCHING THE #BIGKIDSGIVE PHOTO CAMPAIGN. tHE MAIN GOAL OF THE CAMPAIGN WAS TO BRING AWARENESS TO AND FUNDRAISE FOR THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED POPULATION OF AN ESTIMATED 3 MILLION CHILDREN AFFECTED BY A PARENT WITH CANCER THAT cAMP KESEM SERVES. AT UCI, WE SET UP A PHOTO BOOTH ON RING ROAD AND INVITED ALL OF OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO HELP US SPREAD THE CAMP KESEM MAGIC AND GIVING TUESDAY SPIRIT. OUR PHOTO BOOTH FEATURED VARIOUS PROPS, INCLUDED KARLTHE CATERPILLAR, OUR BELOVED CAMP KESEM MASCOT, A “DONATE TO CAMP KESEM AT UCI” SIGN, AND A #GIVINGTUESDAY #BIGKIDSGIVE SIGN. EACH PARTICIPANT WAS INVITED TO TAKE A PHOTO AT OUR BOOTH AND SHARE THIS PHOTO VIA SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS LIKE TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AND INSTAGRAM WITH THE SPECIAL #GIVINGTUESDAY AND #BIGKIDSGIVE HASHTAGS. AS IT WAS ONE OF OUR FIRST EVENTS OF THE YEAR AND BEING A NEW SCHOOL WITH CAMP KESEM, WE WERE A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT THE TURN OUT FOR OUR #GIVING TUESDAY PHOTOBOOTH. BUT TO OUR SURPRISE, NOT ONLY DID A LOT OF UCI STUDENTS SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AT THE PHOTO BOOTH, A LARGE number of students

ALSO SHOWED THEIR SUPPORT BY POSTING THEIR OWN PICTURES WITH CAPTIONS LIKE “I LOVE CAMP KESEM” AND “WE SUPPORT CAMP KESEM”. THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FROM OUR CAMPUS, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY WAS VERY EXCITING AND CAN ONLY SERVE AS MORE MOTIVATION FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR AS WE CONTINUE TO FUNDRAISE AND RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT CAMP KESEM AND THE KIDS WE SERVE. WE WERE REALLY HAPPY TO SEE ALL THE PEOPLE INTERESTED IN JOINING CAMP KESEM AND WERE EVEN ABLE TO RAISE OVER FIFTY DOLLARS THROUGH SMALL DONATIONS FROM PEOPLE PASSING BY OUR BOOTH AND PARTICIPANTS IN OUR BOOTH. GIVING TUESDAY WAS DEFINITELY AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR ORGANIZATION AND OUR MEMBERS AND WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT NEXT YEAR IT WILL BE EVEN BIGGER!

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The Magic: UCI Camp Kesem Newsletter V.1 I.1