Barbi Appelquist & Jonathan Gardner
Jamie & Matthew Bakal
Amanda & Sam Brown
Jennie & Fritz Burkart
Allison & Adam Checchi
Amy Epstein
Natalie & Jonathan Fischer
JoJo & Eric Fleiss
Adrienne Grant & Paul Jennings
Wendy & Michael Landes
Molly & Matt Leonetti
Amber & Josh Moon
Soundis Azaiz & Danny Passman
Laura Probst & Chris Pimentel
Shannon & Michael Rotenberg
Allie & Eric Samek
Morgan & David Simonds
Norah & Brian Weinstein
Matt & Sharla Wilson



SusanSusan Nelson Fleiss was a beloved wife, sister, mother to three young children, extraordinarily talented architect, popular teacher, and devoted friend. She was diagnosed with colon cancer in January 2011, and lost her brief but brave battle just 11 weeks later.

Susan was loved by so many, and her tragic and untimely diagnosis and death left her family and thousands of friends utterly devastated.

And yet, through that tragedy, Susan’s supporters all came together to honor her request that they support Camp Kesem. As they raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the millions of children affected by a parent’s cancer, old friends reconnected, new friendships were formed, ambitious students were given a chance to bring Camp Kesem to their communities, and children affected by a parent’s cancer were guaranteed a spot in camp for many years to come.

The Susan Nelson Fleiss Memorial Fund at Camp Kesem was established by Susan’s family and friends to build a positive, lasting legacy of her generous and warm spirit, ensuring that Camp Kesem “magic” could be made available to as many of the more than 3 million children affected by a parent’s cancer as possible. The first annual Susan’s Magic Makers event introduced this special fund, and Susan’s legacy will be celebrated in honoring others who have turned tragedy into triumph at all future Susan’s Magic Maker events.

Susan’s Magic Makers was established in 2012 and has become an annual event in memory of Susan Nelson Fleiss and benefitting Camp Kesem. Our 2015 event was our 4th annual benefit.