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The Kelly D. Heflin Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 2011. After a year and a half battle fighting Synovial Cell Sarcoma, sadly Kelly lost her battle and passed away on February 3, 2011 at the young age of 43 leaving behind her loving husband, supportive family and countless friends.
Kelly lived her life to the fullest, even throughout her courageous battle against her disease. Her passion for life was contagious. Her strong Faith, the love she had for her family and friends, and her compassion for others was truly an inspiration. Kelly’s positive outlook on life was evident in her inspiring Caring Bridge journal writings and we welcome you to read them for yourself.
To honor Kelly’s legacy, the Foundation was started to perform the work that Kelly wanted to do most; to help people in need during their battle with cancer. Kelly knew how fortunate she was during her treatments to have the ability to afford paying for her medical bills, daily expenses, groceries, or the simple luxury of purchasing a wig. She had supportive family and friends to take her to and from treatments and care for her during her times of need. She was acutely aware that there were many patients who were not as fortunate as she was.
Kelly’s Foundation is now accepting donations and planning future fundraisers to raise money to be donated to the two cancer centers where Kelly received her treatments; The Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Kimmell Cancer Center. Both centers have patient and family support programs that provide grants to patients to aid in daily living expenses such as transportation, childcare, rent subsidies, groceries, medical copays, and many other simple luxuries that most of us take for granted. In addition, the Foundation recently set up "The Kelly D. Heflin Foundation Scholarship" at Frostburg State University, Kelly's alma mater, to help students whose lives have been touched by cancer.
To understand WHY it is so important to support these programs, here is a link to an interesting article from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center about the hidden costs of survival; specifically, bankruptcy rates among cancer patients increase along with survival rates.
You can help support the Foundation by making a donation today and by supporting our future fundraising events.
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