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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Kellsie's Trees of Hope

The 7th Annual Kellsie’s Hope Foundation Trees of Hope event was a perfect evening and offered something for everyone.  A new venue, the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, Illinois, provided a great setting for over 700 guests to mingle, dine, and view over 100 beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and holiday decorations that were available to win by either raffle or bid.

In addition to the festive holiday items, special appearances were made by Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, a Stormtrooper and two of Kellsie’s Wish Kids, 19 year old Avis who received her wish in 2017 and 7 year old Elsa who will be leaving on her Wish trip to Disney World in a few weeks.

Other highlights in the evening included 52 Itty Bitty Trees that individuals sponsored and volunteers delivered to children battling cancer in the hospital over the holidays,  two check presentations for Childhood Cancer Research and the lighting of Kellsie’s Tree of Hope. Kellsie’s Tree of Hope is a 12 foot tree adorned with 500 pink light bulbs and decorated with pictures of all the children Kellsie’s Hope has helped. The bulbs are sold for $20 each with a goal to completely Light Up the Tree of Hope by the end of the evening. All 500 lights shined brightly as glimmers of hope for all children with cancer!

A big thank you to our Event Sponsors, Tree of Hope Sponsors, Tree Sponsors, Decorators, Volunteers, and friends of Kellsie's Hope who tirelessly decorated, donated, and delivered the trees and decorations.  

The Kellsie’s Hope Foundation Trees of Hope is a huge event that helps us provide children with cancer and their families with gifts and trips. It requires many passionate and dedicated volunteers to make the event a success, and they have already started planning for 2018.  If you would like to volunteer or be a sponsor for 2018 Kellsie’s Hope Trees of Hope event please contact Gail Marchbanks at for more information.    

SAVE THE DATE: The 2018 Kellsie’s Hope Trees of Hope Event will be held on Saturday, November 17th. We look forward to seeing you there!

Holiday Gifts for Kellsie's Kids

Kellsie’s Hope Foundation volunteers delivered some surprises and holiday cheer to hospitalized children battling cancer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, SSM Cardinal Glennon, and Mercy.
Each year, Kellsie’s Hope creates a new Christmas tree ornament in honor of Kellsie's favorite holiday, Christmas!  The 2017 ornament included the names of “Kellsie’s Kids” that have been granted wishes throughout the year.  An ornament and a gift card were delivered to children on the oncology floors to help lift their spirits. 
Itty Bitty trees, small trees with Itty Bitty characters on them, were sponsored by guests at the 2017 Seventh Annual Trees of Hope Gala.  Sponsors paid $100 for a tree to be delivered to children who were spending their holiday in the hospital due to their cancer.  A total of 52 trees with gift cards to either Target or Walmart were delivered.    
What is a holiday without holiday treats! Kellsie’s Hope volunteers delivered dessert “shots" and treat bags to the patients, families and nurses on the oncology floors.
Your continued support helps brings smiles to kids who are fighting the most important battle of their young lives, the battle of Childhood Cancer.  It is Kellsie’s Hope Foundation’s mission to help kids and their families forget about their cancer, even for a brief moment, and to put a smile on their faces. 

Thank you for helping us keep Kellsie’s dream alive to help Children with Cancer. 

Kellsie's Hope Helping Research

Kellsie’s Hope Foundation’s mission includes raising funds to support research for childhood cancers.  At the Trees of Hope event in November 2017, Kellsie’s Hope was proud to present a check for $125,000.00 to Dr. Druley from Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.  This contribution has given the Druley labratory a distinct advantage in attracting top talent and conducting elite pediatric cancer research.
One of the top talents added to Dr Druley’s Laboratory is postdoctoral associate Dr. Minori Tamai, MD, PhD, a pediatric oncologist from Japan. Dr. Tamai had been following the laboratory’s work and wanted to participate with the hope of extending the research to his colleagues in Japan. With funding from the Kellsie's Hope Foundation, Dr. Tamai has joined the Druley laboratory for the next 2-4 years to conduct ground breaking research in infantile leukemia development.
The advancements don’t stop there!!  The Druley lab is also collaborating with the International Children's Oncology Group to apply their patented sequencing technology to the largest clinical trial in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML) ever completed.  A patient with residual leukemia following treatment has a reduced chance of a successful outcome. Current technology limits identifying the residual AML with only a simple “yes or no” answer.  Unfortunately, and frequently in pediatrics, the chemotherapeutic agents used are decades old and cause significant collateral damage to the child so when residual AML is identified, a child receives a larger dose of toxic, nonspecific chemotherapy. Because of the Druley lab's ability to identify genetic mutations with 100-times more sensitivity than standard DNA or RNA sequencing, the study is designed to not only improve the detection of residual AML after treatment, but also provide a gene-specific list of mutations that will guide the oncologist to identify the precision therapies most likely to be active against those particular mutations.
Dr. Druley shared, “The generous support from the Kellsie's Hope Foundation over the years and the infrastructure available at Washington University and St. Louis Children's Hospital is allowing us to push the limits of what is possible for children with cancer throughout North America. Thank you very much from everyone, past and present, in the Druley laboratory."
“The Druley lab would like to thank everyone who has supported the Kellsie's Hope Foundation and their generous contributions to our research.”

A Check for Osteosarcoma Research

The Trees of Hope event provided a great venue for Dawn Merkel and Kellsie’s Hope Foundation to present Dr. Brian VanTine from Washington University Siteman Cancer Center a $30,000.00 check to help support research for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Osteosarcoma.  Dawn and her family teamed up with Kellsie’s Hope Foundation for the Second Annual Bad to the Bone Chili Cook-off in honor of Sam Merkel.  Dawn was inspired to do a Chili Cook-off because of Sam’s love for food and fun. Dawn and her volunteers were also joined by Kobe and Wade Rives who sold Collin’s Cookies in memory of their son Collin who lost his battle with Osteosarcoma in January, 2017.  Sam, Kellsie and Collin shared the same Childhood Cancer, Osteosarcoma, so it was very important and personal to do a fund raiser specifically for Osteosarcoma research. Of the 60 children Kellsie’s Hope Foundation has helped, ten of them have had Osteosarcoma.
Thank you again Dawn,The Rives and everyone who volunteered and attended the Second Annual Bad to the Bone Chili Cook-off.  All of your hard work is helping find a cure for Childhood Cancers like Osteosarcoma. 

Alfredo Santos Sue Johnson Brynn Haun

We would like to express our gratitude to the families of Alfredo Santos, Sue Johnson and Brynn Haun for the donations Kellsie's Hope Foundation has received in memory of your loved ones.  We offer you all our deepest sympathies and heartfelt gratitude during your time of loss. 
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

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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! 


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

April 19- 22: Star Wars Half Marathon (Disneyworld)

November 1-4: Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend (Disneyworld)


January 9-13:  Walt Disney World 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!