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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"Sock it to Cancer" Virtually
Attention runners, walkers, individuals, families, and can  help "Sock it to Cancer".  Kellsie's Hope Foundation is hosting a virtual 5K through September, Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Once you register, you will receive a t-shirt and medal in the mail and then you pick a day to run or walk your own 5K. We do not ask for proof of the run, but do ask that you have fun! Click on the picture above for more information and to register. 

Like us on facebook and tag us in your pictures with your shirts and medals. 

All proceeds benefit Kellsie's Hope Foundation fighting childhood cancer. 

Michael's Sky High Wish
In April, 2018, 20 year old Michael was having fun on a trip to Florida with some friends and excited about being accepted to Western Michigan University's School of Aviation to train to be a pilot.  While in Florida, Michael started losing feeling in his right foot to the point that he fell.  Shortly thereafter, he started experiencing severe back pain.  In May, 2018, Michael was diagnosed with diffuse midline glioma with a histone H3 K27M mutation, a cancer that engrains itself within the brain and spinal cord and most often occurs in small children.  After surgery to remove the tumor from his spine and radiation on his back, an MRI revealed that the a tumor had formed in his brain.  Michael began 8 weeks of an experimental chemotherapy that was unsuccessful, he endured 3 weeks of whole brain radiation.  Kellsie's Hope foundation granted Michael's wish and got him in the air when he and his family went skydiving!  His Las Vegas wish also included staying at Paris on the strip, watching the St. Louis Blues win a couple of games in their quest for the Stanley Cup, enjoying the view of Las Vegas from the top of the Eiffel Tower, dinner at Gordon Ramsay's Pub and Grill, shopping at the Forum at Caesar's Palace, riding the Stratosphere, seeing the David Copperfield show and the Titanic exhibit at Luxor and more. Michael's father stated they all had so much fun and made memories they will cherish and "Everyone we see either tells us we were crazy for jumping out of a plane or are jealous that we got to do it".  Michael shared, "After two rounds of radiation, a back surgery, and constant chemo it appeared something was working, and the dream of skydiving could be attainable. I can not thank Kellsie’s hope enough for the fantastic trip, it is a memory I will never forget."
Thanks to everyone who supports Kellsie's Hope so we can grant wishes like Michael's. 

Jayden Meets Darius Rucker

On April 20, 2016, at just 5 years old, Jayden was diagnosed with an optic pathway glioma, a slow-growing brain tumor that arises in or around the optic nerve.  For two years, Jayden endured chemotherapy, serious complications from the chemotherapy, and switches to new chemotherapy.  Finally, on March 27, 2018 he was declared NED, no evidence of disease, and Jayden and his family were “beyond thrilled”.  Unfortunately, Jayden relapsed in December of 2018 and began an oral chemotherapy, but after 3 months began having allergic reactions.  Jayden will be starting bi-weekly chemotherapy via IV very soon.  Jayden and his family needed a reason to smile, so Kellsie’s Hope Founation began working on Jayden’s wish to visit Disneyworld or meet Darius Rucker.  Darius was coming to St. Louis, so Kellsie’s Hope Foundation began attempting to reach him to arrange a meet.  After numerous unsuccessful attempts, the Disneyworld visit was arranged and the smiles started!!  Jayden’s mom shared, “This has meant the world to him and Disney did things for him that most people only dream of!”  Jayden’s Disneyworld experience included a walk though animation court yard with vamperina, hugs and kisses from Minnie Mouse, unlimited rides on toy story mania and slinky dog dash, special pink cupcakes whenever he wanted them and a special photo session with his sisters and an Anonymous Character buying him a model of Cinderella’s castle as well as a special setting for the fireworks.  Much to Kellsie’s Hope surprise, Darius Rucker contacted Kellsie’s Hope and wanted to meet Jayden.  Jayden’s mom shared they “hadn’t seen him smile that much in a very long time. He is on top of world as we speak still.”

Thank you to everyone who supports Kellsie’s Hope Foundation. Without you, smiles for kids like Jayden and their families would not be possible. Special thanks to Darius Rucker for making Jayden’s day a little brighter!

Thanks for the Pink, Let's Go for Gold

It couldn't have happened without you!!  Thank you for all of your donations that helped turn every state pink and several gold.  Many states are close to gold, so your continued support, donations, spreading awareness, and generosity are still needed if we are going to turn more states GOLD.  Click on the map for more information and/or to make a donation. 

Thank you for helping Kellsie's Hope Foundation continue to bring smiles to kids and their families who may be struggling with reasons to smile.

First Jeanette Wuest Memorial Scholarship Awarded

Kellsie’s Hope Foundation is proud to introduce Ke’Arise Bohlen, the very first recipient of the Annual Jeanette Wuest Memorial Nursing Scholarship.  “Aunt Jeanette” or “Nurse Wuest” as she was proud to be known, devoted her life to the service of others, even after she retired from her 59 years of nursing.  She served her patients, nursing staff, and numerous individuals who were experiencing hardships. Ke’Arise, or “Ke” as she likes to be called, is the perfect recipient for her scholarship.  Ke has been a Patient Safety Assistant/Patient Care Technician with BJC for over a year and has been working on the Hematology/Oncology floor at Children’s Hospital for over 2 months.  She provides direct patient care under the supervision of an RN and spends her day making patients and their families her #1 priority.  Ke shared she greets them with a warm smile and treats them as if they were her own family.  She comforts and supports families by talking with them, answering questions, offering a helping hand, a glass of water, to visit with their child so they can take a walk, get something to eat, or just take a 5-minute break to see the outside of a hospital room.  Ke’s compassion, friendliness, courteousness, and care for children and their families makes their hospital experience a little easier. Recently, Ke found out that her funding for school had been cut and financial constraints were threatening her ability to continue her schooling to become a nurse.  Ke shared “Being blessed with this scholarship will help a great deal with my success of becoming a nurse” and it “…will help attain my goal in caring for the ped oncology patients, it will help me become a successful student overall and continue to provide excellent care to my patients”.  Congratulations Ke and good luck with your continued schooling and your journey to achieve your nursing degree!

Thank you to the Wuest family for their generosity in creating this scholarship. 

Nursing Scholarship

Congratulations to Hannah Manker, this year's recipient of the Kellsie's Hope Foundation Scholarship.  The scholarship is awarded to a High School Senior whose goal is to become a nurse and who exemplifies Kellsie's giving spirit.  Hannah shared in her essay that she is pursuing a nursing degree because she finds it challenging, interesting and she wants to make a difference for people.  Hannah decided nursing was her focus after she went through a depressing time after the loss of a friend to suicide.  Even after missing school during this time, Hannah still maintained a grade point average over 4.0.  This experience has inspired her to study psychiatric nursing so she can help people with mental illness believe things will get better and to help them feel hopeful.  Good luck Hannah as you pursue your dream of making a difference!
Donations to Kellsie's Hope help us keep Kellsie's nursing dream alive by providing nursing scholarships to young adults like Hannah.  Thank you to everyone who supports the dream.

9th Annual Women's Luncheon

Over 400 women attended the 9th Annual Kellsie's Hope Foundation Women's Luncheon on August 25 at the Regency Conference Center in O' Fallon, Illinois.  This year's theme, HIGH HEELS, HIGH HOPES...STEPPING OUT FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER, included a wine pull at the "Shoes and Booze" booth, over 100 silent auction items, the "Jimmy Chews" Bakery silent auction, multiple raffle items, scratchers, and a fun day full of friends and hope.  Anne Marie Fraser, a childhood cancer survivor, shared her story about her cancer journey, the importance of the wish that Kellsie's Hope Foundation granted for her family and how she is moving forward after recently graduating from Missouri State University with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing.  Attendees also got to meet several wish recipients who also attended and watch a heartfelt video that shared our wish recipients in the past year and everything that Kellsie's Hope Foundation has been doing to help children who are fighting a battle with cancer. 

Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, donated and supported the luncheon.  Without you this event would not be possible. 

Save the Date for next year's luncheon, August 30, 2020. 

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.

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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! 


October 31 - November 4: Disney's Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend (Disney World)


January 8-12: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

February 20-23: Disney Princes Half Marathon Weekend (Disney World)

April 16-19: Walt Disney World Star Wars Rival Run Weekend

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!