Kellsie’s Hope Foundation
There is a local charity that I have found to be particularly worthy of help and have done so much to fund cancer research and aid the families of cancer patients: Kellsie’s Hope Foundation. This organization was started by Kellsie Marchbanks during her second round of cancer treatment for Osteosarcoma.
Though she passed away in 2011, her family continued what she started from her hospital bed and has continually worked to lighten the load for local families with children diagnosed with cancer by offering support for trips and gifts that would otherwise have been unattainable. They also raise funds to support research into childhood cancers and support the nursing field with an annual nursing scholarship. They have given eight scholarships of five hundred dollars to high school seniors going to college for nursing and they intend to continue especially since Kellsie received her Associates Degree in Nursing at SouthWest Illinois University and was accepted to the Goldfarb School of Nursing.
My Connection to Kellsie’s Hope Foundation
In the spring of 2015 I had the chance to sell a home for a family that a previous client referred to me. It was nothing out of the ordinary. A man was trying to sell the home of his mother as they moved her into an assisted living facility. I have done this countless times, but I had no idea how much of an impact this family would make in motivating me to be a better person.
I went to their home to go over the details and to get signatures for the listing contract. I met the man’s wife and son. After we dealt with the paperwork, my client walked me out and explained that his nineteen-year-old son had been diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of bone cancer: Osteosarcoma. We both held back tears as he told me that there were only experimental treatments available and that they were running out of options and, more importantly, time. In December that year, his son passed.
I thought of the family often in the coming months. My mother lost her life to cancer a few years earlier and it was utterly heart wrenching. I was going to live the rest of my life without her, but then I met this family and thought of how much worse it would be to be a parent and live without your child. I thought of how no child should be forever stripped of the ability to do the menial and everyday activities that we constantly take for granted.
I knew the family was heavily involved with a local charity that annually raised a significant amount to fund research and grant wishes for children who had been diagnosed. I contacted my client and asked if they would let me know of any events I could help with. This past fall they asked if I could help at an event honoring their son and I jumped at the opportunity.
Partnering with Kellsie’s Hope Foundation
I had Angie join me to see firsthand the phenomenal, selfless work the volunteers do for a worthy cause. It was a fantastic and successful chili cook-off that raised over $30,000. So many people selflessly donated and my immediate thought was: WE CAN DO MORE! So we began Homes for Hopes and starting January 2017, Angie and I will donate a portion from every home sale to the Kellsie’s Hope Foundation. Based on previous years’ sales and the wonderful year we hope to have our goal is $5000. We will also be participating at various Kellsie’s Hope fundraisers too, so we’ll let you know about upcoming events.
We would like to thank you in advance for any business you send our way this year so that we can turn it into a Home for Hope.