The mission of Kellsie’s Hope Foundation Inc., is to lighten the load of families that have children suffering from cancer by offering support for trips and gifts that might otherwise be unattainable to a child with cancer, as well as raising money and spreading awareness for childhood cancer research. Is this email not displaying correctly?
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Happy Birthday Kellsie!

It's time once again for the Kellsie’s Hope Foundation Annual States of Hope Campaign! Each year we launch this special campaign on Kellsie’s birthday, July 6th.  Kellsie was very determined to Raise Awareness of Childhood Cancer and our goal is to make her wish come true.

Did you know that 43 children are diagnosed with cancer every day?  Unfortunately, Childhood Cancer Research is vastly and consistently underfunded. By raising awareness and dollars, Kellsie’s Hope Foundation is hopeful that Childhood Cancer becomes a thing of the past.

Please help us Celebrate Kellsie’s Birthday by making a minimum $10 “birthday donation” and sharing information about the Kellsie’s Hope Foundation and the States of Hope Campaign with 5 people. If everyone donates and spreads the word, we can raise $500 or more from each state and turn the map GOLD, the Color of Childhood Cancer.  Our goal of raising awareness in every state on Kellsie’s birthday is how we honor her legacy.  All donations go directly to fund research for Childhood Cancers.

Please go to or select the DONATE button below on July 6th, and let’s see how many states we can Raise Awareness in and turn GOLD.  Check back on our website and on Facebook to see our progress throughout the campaign!

And remember, There's No Place Like Hope!

Dream Wedding

Kellsie’s Hope Foundation was excited to grant 23 year old Joey his wish. This story may sound familiar, because it made headlines and was broadcast on the news!! (Click on the picture to see their story. See the full story at  Joey, a patient at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, had relapsed not only once, but twice from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). He was only 3 years old when he received his first diagnosis. Joey was enrolled at Goldfarb School of Nursing and engaged to Caylee when he relapsed for the second time. The couple had hoped and planned for a big wedding, but that changed in May, 2016, when Joey had a bone marrow transplant.

Joey’s wish was to marry Caylee on the beach with family present and to celebrate back home at a reception with family and friends.

Kellsie’s Hope Foundation provided a beach house that both families were able to enjoy for the week, and then threw a reception for Joey and Caylee’s family and friends at home. Thank you for supporting Kellsie’s Hope and helping us provide Joey and Caylee a great start to their new life together. Congratulations Joey & Caylee!


Princess Reese

Kellsie’s Hope Foundation & Friends of Kids with Cancer partnered to provide 4yr old Reese and her family a return trip to Disney World. Her last trip to Disney World was cut short after only 2 days due to complications from her cancer. She had to be admitted into Florida’s Children’s Hospital. At such a young age, Reese is fighting for her life, and fighting the battle against Childhood Cancer. Reese has been fighting cancer since February, 2016, when she was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia).  Reese missed her Princess experience last time, but we made sure she was treated like royalty this time.

On June 19, Reese was surrounded by her loving family when she was called Home and received her Angel's Wings. Please join us in keeping Reese's family in your prayers  

Sixth Annual Women's Luncheon - Save the Date

The 2017 Women’s Luncheon will take place on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Regency Hotel in O’Fallon, Illinois.  The luncheon hosts over 300 women and includes lunch, guest speakers, a silent auction and raffles.  Numerous volunteers, sponsors, and donors help contribute to this major fundraising event for Kellsie’s Hope Foundation.  All proceeds benefit children with cancer and their families.  

Stay tuned for more information!!


December 10, 1997 - June 15, 2017 

Luke lost his battle with Osteosarcoma on June 15, 2017.  We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Luke's family.

Save The Date!

Be sure to mark your calendars for our upcoming events in 2017!

July 6th - September 30th 
States of Hope Campaign 

August 27th
Women's Luncheon

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 23rd
Kellsie's Hope 5K Run/Walk

October 14 
Chili Cook Off in Memory of Sam Merkel

November 18th
Kellsie's Trees of Hope
Thank You

Thank you for supporting Kellsie's Hope Foundation.  Kellsie's Hope Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 45-2623772.

Gail Marchbanks - Director
Kellsie's Hope Foundation

Find Us Online!

Hey, Facebook and Twitter lovers! Kellsie's Hope Foundation is now on social media!

Now you can join the conversation online to find out the latest news and catch up with what we're doing to help children with cancer and their families.

Simply like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up with what's new for Kellsie's Hope Foundation and to support the cause!

Join us today! We can't wait to see you!


Join Kellsie's Krew!

Love to run? Want to raise money for a great cause? Kellsie's Hope is an approved charity through runDisney. We hope you can join us at one of our upcoming runDisney events! 


August 31 - September 3: Disneyland Half Marathon (Disneyland)

November 2-5: Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend (Disney World)

November 9-12: Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend (Disneyland)


January 3-7: Walt Disney World Marathon (Disneyworld)

January 11-14: Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend (Disneyland)

February 22-25: Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (Disneyworld)

Not a runner? You can also become a Kellsie’s Krew supporter by donating to help one of our runners reach their goal!
Find out more information about these upcoming races right here and register today!