Winter 2012        

DLA Piper in Baltimore, MD held a dress down day in December and raised $515 for the Foundation.  A big thanks to Jane Robinson for coordinating that effort and thinking about Kelly's Foundation.

Darrin Mikk guests bartends at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, MD and donates all of his tips to Kelly's Foundation!  Thanks for your generosity Darrin and Michele!

Fall 2012            

The 2nd Annual KDHF Golf Tournament raises $34,500!  The Foundation has now exceeded $100,000 in raised funds since it's inception.

"Wine Down for Kelly" fundraiser in Windermere, FL raises $1220!  Thanks to Candace Parker for organizing this event!    

The Foundation awards it's first recipient of the Kelly D. Heflin Foundation Scholarship at Frostburg State University! The recipient is a young woman who battled Lymphoma and is now studying Chemistry. 

Kelly's Foundation pledges $10,000 to sponsor the Joan Karnell Cancer Center's "Walkabout Program".  This program is a mindfulness art based therapy program designed to decrease distress including physical pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue for patients.  You can learn more about it by clicking here.  
                

The Foundation also donated $2500 to support their Cancer Risk Assessment program

April/May 2012        

Foundation pledges $12,000 to create the Kelly D. Heflin Foundation Scholarship at Kelly's alma mater, Frostburg State University

Girl Scout Troops 75 and 6888 in Gaithersburg, MD donate $500 to Kelly's Foundation

March 2012        

SES Charity Yard Sale raises $3411 for Kelly's Foundation

Foundation grant provides transportation to treatments and helps patient's daughter enjoy her prom

Brownie Troop 3953 raises money to help a local Boulder, Colorado Cancer Center

February 2012        

Remembering Kelly 

December 2011  

Holiday Wishes - Foundation helps make a family's holiday a little bit better

November 2011     

Results of a Successful Inaugural Golf Tournament!

Conventry Group Dress Down Day raises $1932 for Foundation

August 2011        

Cancer Center administrators thank Kelly's Foundation for helping patients in need


June 2011

Kelly's Foundation makes a donation to Johns Hopkins and an update on how patients are being helped at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital


May 2011            

Kelly's Foundation has raised almost $14,000 in 2 months!

April/May 2012    
The Kelly D. Heflin Foundation Scholarship was created and $12,000 was initially pledged to Frostburg State University, Kelly's alma mater. The scholarship will go directly to students whose lives or family members' lives have been touched by cancer.  Click here to read a letter from the President of Frostburg State University.

Girl Scout Troops 75 and 6888 from Gaithersburg, MD raised $500 through their girl scout cookie sales this spring.  They worked very hard to raise this money.  Many of the girls in the troop and their parents have been affected by cancer and they were proud to be able to make this donation.  Their donation will surely help provide comfort and support to patients suffering.  A big thank you to both troops for all of their hard work and generosity to the Foundation! 

March 2012
SES, the company Kelly worked for, organized a "charity yard sale" where they cleaned out the closet of their old branded items and invited employees to come shop for a piece of the companies heritage while supporting a great cause.  Items such as pens, tote bags, umbrellas, golf shirts, and water bottles, etc. were sold.  All proceeds were donated to Kelly's Foundation, totaling $3411!  A big thank you to SES and their employees for their continued and extremely generous support of the Foundation.  It is evident that Kelly was very much apart of them and still is....they all miss her very much.  Their support is truly overwhelming.

February 2012        
Today marks the one year anniversary of our dear Kelly’s passing.  There are no words that will make sense of our loss.  Life and death are things that we may never completely understand.  Some of us will celebrate Kelly’s life together as a group with a lot of laughter and love, some may be overcome with grief, others may simply look at today as another important milestone
in the healing process.  Whatever form the day takes for each of us it is important to keep perspective on how Kelly impacted our lives.  Kelly was full of life, love, laughter, kindness, and joy.  She touched each of our lives, evidenced by the sheer amount of family, friends, and coworkers that she enjoyed during her life, that bid her farewell at her services, and perhaps most importantly that have carried on her mission via the support for her Foundation.  Maybe Kelly was one of the few that had life and death figured out. She lived life to its fullest and has left behind a legacy that is equally as full.

Let Kelly continue to inspire you….love the people around you…..laugh…..dance……sing….and most importantly, know that she is still with us.

December 2011
While it has been an emotional year for the family and friends who suffered the loss of our dear Kelly, we have so much to be thankful for....thankful that we were lucky enough to know her, thankful that she touched our lives with her kind and giving spirit, and especially thankful that she inspired us to carry on her legacy through the Kelly D. Heflin Foundation.

We are so grateful for all of the generous support in getting Kelly’s Foundation up and running this year.  Your support has enabled us to provide aid to over 130 patients and families battling cancer. With your help, Kelly’s Foundation has raised over $50,000 in the 8 short months since it’s inception.

Today I had the honor of representing Kelly’s Foundation at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital.  Kelly’s Foundation purchased $1000 worth of gifts, including groceries, for a young mother who is battling cancer and is struggling to provide for her 2 young children. It warmed my heart to see the smile on this mother’s face now knowing that her children
will be able to have the Christmas that she wanted for them.  This was the same smile that Kelly was always able to put on the faces of others. Kelly’s spirit truly lives on!

So with that, on behalf of the Kelly D. Heflin Foundation and Kelly’s family, it is with a very full and grateful heart, I would like to wish you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season and once again, thank you for all of your support.

November 2011 
A sincere and very heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended The Inaugural Kelly D. Heflin Golf Tournament and Reception on October 14th!  Especially to be commended are the 95 golfers who happily endured some unfavorable weather conditions in the morning. Congrats goes out to the Cabinet Discounters Team, Mike Bliss, John Mikk, Darrin Mikk and Vince Petrolli, who took home Kelly’s Crystal Trophy.  Great win guys!! "Closest to the Pin" winner was Alice McDonnell and Chris Milke won both the "Longest Drive" and Putting Contests. Congratulations as well! 
We are all still reeling over the event and the money that was raised thanks to everyone’s overwhelming generosity.   We are pleased to announce that we raised almost $30,000 for Kelly’s Foundation! This could have never been done without YOUR support and of course the support of our many golfers, attendees, sponsors, donors and friends/family of Kelly who worked as staff at the event. Kelly’s Foundation will be making additional donations to Pennsylvania Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine and some other select charities.  
Genetic testing for cancer screening is a new technology used to pinpoint the exact form of cancer a patient has using genetic code.  It is usually at a co-pay cost of $150 per patient, however, those patients already overwhelmed with unpaid bills simply forgo this test.  Kelly’s Foundation will be making further donations to ensure that patients in need receive these important tests so that they can get the correct diagnosis and receive the corresponding treatment. 
Lisa Guillaume, a close friend of Kelly’s, is a Brownie troop leader in Colorado.  She recently approached the Foundation about having the proceeds from their annual Girl Scout cookie sale go to the Foundation so that a donation can be made to the TEBO Cancer Center in Boulder to aid in helping patients in need.  They have nominated Kelly’s Foundation as their home town hero based on its commitment to help cancer patients.  The Foundation saw this as an opportunity to inspire the girls during their sales and to continue helping patients in need, so it will be matching dollar for dollar the money raised from the Brownie troop to make a difference in the lives of patients in their community. 
Kelly’s Foundation has helped patients in need but also provides a little something to put a smile on a patient’s face as well.  The Foundation has made a small initial donation to allow Pennsylvania Hospital to begin a pilot program which will provide MP3 players that are pre-loaded with music to any patient that requests one.  These can be used during their scans, chemo and radiation treatments.  If successful, Kelly’s Foundation will make subsequent donations to continue the program. 
We hope you will ALL join us again next year for our second annual event!   Please continue to check back for more information and highlights from the Foundation. Again, our sincere thank you for making this Inaugural event one that we will fondly remember and one that would truly make Kelly very proud! 

April 2013        
Mr. Brett and Anjela Bowers generously made a contribution to the Frostburg State University Foundation in order to memorialize her on their Wall of Honor.  A very thoughtful and moving gesture and we thank them for their generosity.

Winter 2012        

DLA Piper in Baltimore, MD held a dress down day in December and raised $515 for the Foundation.  A big thanks to Jane Robinson for coordinating that effort and thinking about Kelly's Foundation.

Darrin Mikk guests bartends at Holly Hills Country Club in Frederick, MD and donates all of his tips to Kelly's Foundation!  Thanks for your generosity Darrin and Michele!

Fall 2012            

The 2nd Annual KDHF Golf Tournament raises $34,500!  The Foundation has now exceeded $100,000 in raised funds since it's inception.

"Wine Down for Kelly" fundraiser in Windermere, FL raises $1220!  Thanks to Candace Parker for organizing this event!    

The Foundation awards it's first recipient of the Kelly D. Heflin Foundation Scholarship at Frostburg State University! The recipient is a young woman who battled Lymphoma and is now studying Chemistry. 

Kelly's Foundation pledges $10,000 to sponsor the Joan Karnell Cancer Center's "Walkabout Program".  This program is a mindfulness art based therapy program designed to decrease distress including physical pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue for patients.  You can learn more about it by clicking here.  
                

The Foundation also donated $2500 to support their Cancer Risk Assessment program

April/May 2012        

Foundation pledges $12,000 to create the Kelly D. Heflin Foundation Scholarship at Kelly's alma mater, Frostburg State University

Girl Scout Troops 75 and 6888 in Gaithersburg, MD donate $500 to Kelly's Foundation

March 2012        

SES Charity Yard Sale raises $3411 for Kelly's Foundation

Foundation grant provides transportation to treatments and helps patient's daughter enjoy her prom

Brownie Troop 3953 raises money to help a local Boulder, Colorado Cancer Center

February 2012        

Remembering Kelly 

December 2011  

Holiday Wishes - Foundation helps make a family's holiday a little bit better

November 2011     

Results of a Successful Inaugural Golf Tournament!

Conventry Group Dress Down Day raises $1932 for Foundation

August 2011        

Cancer Center administrators thank Kelly's Foundation for helping patients in need


June 2011

Kelly's Foundation makes a donation to Johns Hopkins and an update on how patients are being helped at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital


May 2011            

Kelly's Foundation has raised almost $14,000 in 2 months!

April/May 2012    
The Kelly D. Heflin Foundation Scholarship was created and $12,000 was initially pledged to Frostburg State University, Kelly's alma mater. The scholarship will go directly to students whose lives or family members' lives have been touched by cancer.  Click here to read a letter from the President of Frostburg State University.

Girl Scout Troops 75 and 6888 from Gaithersburg, MD raised $500 through their girl scout cookie sales this spring.  They worked very hard to raise this money.  Many of the girls in the troop and their parents have been affected by cancer and they were proud to be able to make this donation.  Their donation will surely help provide comfort and support to patients suffering.  A big thank you to both troops for all of their hard work and generosity to the Foundation! 

March 2012
SES, the company Kelly worked for, organized a "charity yard sale" where they cleaned out the closet of their old branded items and invited employees to come shop for a piece of the companies heritage while supporting a great cause.  Items such as pens, tote bags, umbrellas, golf shirts, and water bottles, etc. were sold.  All proceeds were donated to Kelly's Foundation, totaling $3411!  A big thank you to SES and their employees for their continued and extremely generous support of the Foundation.  It is evident that Kelly was very much apart of them and still is....they all miss her very much.  Their support is truly overwhelming.

Foundation Updates

February 2012        
Today marks the one year anniversary of our dear Kelly’s passing.  There are no words that will make sense of our loss.  Life and death are things that we may never completely understand.  Some of us will celebrate Kelly’s life together as a group with a lot of laughter and love, some may be overcome with grief, others may simply look at today as another important milestone
in the healing process.  Whatever form the day takes for each of us it is important to keep perspective on how Kelly impacted our lives.  Kelly was full of life, love, laughter, kindness, and joy.  She touched each of our lives, evidenced by the sheer amount of family, friends, and coworkers that she enjoyed during her life, that bid her farewell at her services, and perhaps most importantly that have carried on her mission via the support for her Foundation.  Maybe Kelly was one of the few that had life and death figured out. She lived life to its fullest and has left behind a legacy that is equally as full.

Let Kelly continue to inspire you….love the people around you…..laugh…..dance……sing….and most importantly, know that she is still with us.

December 2011
While it has been an emotional year for the family and friends who suffered the loss of our dear Kelly, we have so much to be thankful for....thankful that we were lucky enough to know her, thankful that she touched our lives with her kind and giving spirit, and especially thankful that she inspired us to carry on her legacy through the Kelly D. Heflin Foundation.

We are so grateful for all of the generous support in getting Kelly’s Foundation up and running this year.  Your support has enabled us to provide aid to over 130 patients and families battling cancer. With your help, Kelly’s Foundation has raised over $50,000 in the 8 short months since it’s inception.

Today I had the honor of representing Kelly’s Foundation at the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital.  Kelly’s Foundation purchased $1000 worth of gifts, including groceries, for a young mother who is battling cancer and is struggling to provide for her 2 young children. It warmed my heart to see the smile on this mother’s face now knowing that her children
will be able to have the Christmas that she wanted for them.  This was the same smile that Kelly was always able to put on the faces of others. Kelly’s spirit truly lives on!

So with that, on behalf of the Kelly D. Heflin Foundation and Kelly’s family, it is with a very full and grateful heart, I would like to wish you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season and once again, thank you for all of your support.

November 2011 
A sincere and very heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended The Inaugural Kelly D. Heflin Golf Tournament and Reception on October 14th!  Especially to be commended are the 95 golfers who happily endured some unfavorable weather conditions in the morning. Congrats goes out to the Cabinet Discounters Team, Mike Bliss, John Mikk, Darrin Mikk and Vince Petrolli, who took home Kelly’s Crystal Trophy.  Great win guys!! "Closest to the Pin" winner was Alice McDonnell and Chris Milke won both the "Longest Drive" and Putting Contests. Congratulations as well! 
We are all still reeling over the event and the money that was raised thanks to everyone’s overwhelming generosity.   We are pleased to announce that we raised almost $30,000 for Kelly’s Foundation! This could have never been done without YOUR support and of course the support of our many golfers, attendees, sponsors, donors and friends/family of Kelly who worked as staff at the event. Kelly’s Foundation will be making additional donations to Pennsylvania Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine and some other select charities.  
Genetic testing for cancer screening is a new technology used to pinpoint the exact form of cancer a patient has using genetic code.  It is usually at a co-pay cost of $150 per patient, however, those patients already overwhelmed with unpaid bills simply forgo this test.  Kelly’s Foundation will be making further donations to ensure that patients in need receive these important tests so that they can get the correct diagnosis and receive the corresponding treatment. 
Lisa Guillaume, a close friend of Kelly’s, is a Brownie troop leader in Colorado.  She recently approached the Foundation about having the proceeds from their annual Girl Scout cookie sale go to the Foundation so that a donation can be made to the TEBO Cancer Center in Boulder to aid in helping patients in need.  They have nominated Kelly’s Foundation as their home town hero based on its commitment to help cancer patients.  The Foundation saw this as an opportunity to inspire the girls during their sales and to continue helping patients in need, so it will be matching dollar for dollar the money raised from the Brownie troop to make a difference in the lives of patients in their community. 
Kelly’s Foundation has helped patients in need but also provides a little something to put a smile on a patient’s face as well.  The Foundation has made a small initial donation to allow Pennsylvania Hospital to begin a pilot program which will provide MP3 players that are pre-loaded with music to any patient that requests one.  These can be used during their scans, chemo and radiation treatments.  If successful, Kelly’s Foundation will make subsequent donations to continue the program. 
We hope you will ALL join us again next year for our second annual event!   Please continue to check back for more information and highlights from the Foundation. Again, our sincere thank you for making this Inaugural event one that we will fondly remember and one that would truly make Kelly very proud! 

Pennsylvania Hospital approached the Foundation for some special help. A patient undergoing treatment was in need of transportation given he lives more than 2 hours from the facility.  Compounding his illness, he lost his job and was unable to support his family and given his financial struggles, the family was unable to afford a dress for their daughter's prom.  As some of us know, keeping life normal while facing this disease is almost as critical as the medicine a patient receives.  Kelly's Foundation was able to provide support not only for the treatment transportation, but also was able to help pay for his daughter's dress.  A friend of Kelly's put it best, he could just hear Kelly say "SET THAT GIRL UP FOR PROM!!"  

Lisa Guillaume
, a childhood friend of Kelly, is a leader of High Peaks Elementary School Brownie Troop 3953, in Boulder, Colorado.  The girls of Troop 3953 were kind enough to nominate Kelly’s Foundation as their "Hometown Hero".  The Foundation was truly moved by the recognition of the girls.  The Troop donated a portion of their proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout Cookies, in conjunction with the Foundation, to Tebo Cancer Center. A big THANK YOU to Troop 3953 for nominating Kelly’s Foundation as their “Hometown Hero” and for their generous donation. Together, The Foundation and the girls donated $500 to the Tebo Cancer Center.  The Foundation is so proud of the girls and all of their hard work on their cookie sales.  The Troop’s commitment to the cancer patients in their community is evidenced by all of their hard work and generosity in their donation.

Pennsylvania Hospital approached the Foundation for some special help. A patient undergoing treatment was in need of transportation given he lives more than 2 hours from the facility.  Compounding his illness, he lost his job and was unable to support his family and given his financial struggles, the family was unable to afford a dress for their daughter's prom.  As some of us know, keeping life normal while facing this disease is almost as critical as the medicine a patient receives.  Kelly's Foundation was able to provide support not only for the treatment transportation, but also was able to help pay for his daughter's dress.  A friend of Kelly's put it best, he could just hear Kelly say "SET THAT GIRL UP FOR PROM!!"  

Lisa Guillaume
, a childhood friend of Kelly, is a leader of High Peaks Elementary School Brownie Troop 3953, in Boulder, Colorado.  The girls of Troop 3953 were kind enough to nominate Kelly’s Foundation as their "Hometown Hero".  The Foundation was truly moved by the recognition of the girls.  The Troop donated a portion of their proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout Cookies, in conjunction with the Foundation, to Tebo Cancer Center. A big THANK YOU to Troop 3953 for nominating Kelly’s Foundation as their “Hometown Hero” and for their generous donation. Together, The Foundation and the girls donated $500 to the Tebo Cancer Center.  The Foundation is so proud of the girls and all of their hard work on their cookie sales.  The Troop’s commitment to the cancer patients in their community is evidenced by all of their hard work and generosity in their donation.

Conventry Group's Fort Washington, PA office sponsored a Dress Down Day on November 18, 2011 to raise money for Kelly's Foundation.  Employees were able to dress down for the day for a contribution and the company matched the funds raised. A big thank you to Holly Gruszka who works for Conventry and was a friend of Kelly's and to all of her generous co-workers!  A great example of how a simple, creative act can result in something so generous.  Really inspiring!

August 2011
It has been six months since we lost our dear, sweet Kelly.  Her birthday would have been July 5th and I know some of us celebrated it without her.  Kelly found her birthdays bittersweet, as most of us probably do.  It took cancer to make her realize that it was a good thing that she was getting a year older, not a curse or a time to check whether she had accomplished what she was “supposed” to have accomplished.  That was one of the “gifts” she got from being sick, as she referred to it.  She taught me that life is truly that…a gift…one not to be taken lightly.  That lesson has helped me to move forward after her passing and it reminds me every day that I have no excuse not to be happy.  I could be miserable, bitter, and angry about the hand that life just dealt me, but that would mean that I learned nothing from Kelly.  Instead, I have decided to enjoy life as it comes to me in whatever form that takes.  There is not a day I don’t think about Kelly.  I miss her tremendously.  She was one of the best things that ever happened to me so thinking of her should not be something that makes me sad; but only good, happy memories.  I hope everyone can learn that lesson from her and not only be happy….but attempt to make others happy.  Kelly got knocked down so many times but refused to stay down.  She always remained standing.  I think we were all knocked down by her passing, but she would want us to stand back up.  


The quote on one of Kelly’s favorite websites reads:


 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

Marianne Williamson

Dare to be great.  Cheers, Girl!!
~Greg


Kelly’s Foundation was created to help others stand back up.  It continues to embody her zeal for helping others.  Everyone has been enormously generous, evidenced by the fact that donations total $18,140.00 so far. The Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital has made small grants to over 120 patients which have nearly exhausted the Foundation’s original donation of $5000 made back in April.  Hearing aids, wigs, and other transportation expenses were covered by your generous donations in Kelly’s name.  There is also a patient that got a grant to help finish their treatments and return to a normal life.
Mary Pat, the administrator at Pennsylvania Hospital sent a really nice email thanking the Foundation for its help.  "The funds provided by the Kelly D. Heflin Foundation assist with critical needs of our patients, such as transportation, food, wigs, medications and co-pays, which in turn allow the patient to focus on their health and wellness, and alleviates some of the stress of a cancer diagnosis.  These funds are invaluable in ways both big and small and we greatly appreciate the generosity of the donors."   
Johns Hopkins has made one grant from the $5000 donation made by Kelly’s Foundation at the end of June for $490 to allow for a patient to receive their cancer treatments in comfort at home given the inability to travel to the hospital.  They have many requests that they have processed in July and plan more funds to be provided from the Foundation’s donation.
Michael Hibler, the administrator at Hopkins also sent an email thanking the Foundation.  “Your investment in our patients and families is inspiring and assures that the very patients and families that Kelly was passionate about will still be taken care of by her.  Thank you again. Kelly’s spirit truly lives on!!
Kelly’s Foundation has organized a charity golf event at Turf Valley Resort.  We request that you participate by playing in the tournament or coming to the after-party.  It is also possible to help by sponsoring a golf hole, donating a prize, or providing small give away items.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 for this first annual event. The tournament will start at around 10 am on Friday October 14th at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland.  Recall that Turf Valley is the venue that we had the celebration of life for Kelly back in February.  The service, facility, and people at Turf Valley are absolutely wonderful.  It is the logical place to hold the first fund raising event for her Foundation.  Turf Valley is also central for friends and family of Kelly coming from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. 
Thank you in advance for your help in making this charity fund raising event a reality for Kelly’s Foundation and the many people it helps.  

June 2011
Thank you to everyone who has graciously sent checks to Kelly’s Foundation. The donations total $16,590.00 so far. Recall that in April, Kelly’s Foundation donated $5000 to the supportive fund at Pennsylvania Hospital where Kelly received some of her treatments.  Mary Pat Lynch, Penn’s administrator, gave a recent update on how the donation was used.  Four patients received $500 each.  Their stories are varied but their need is clear.  One woman lives with her fiancé and has just started her treatments for breast cancer.  She will use the money for her medical bills since her salary was reduced because she can’t work while getting her treatments or recovering from them. Another woman is being treated for breast cancer and is the mother of three young daughters.  They were forced to live with the children’s grandparents and she is struggling with paying for their portion of food and rent since she was laid off.  She will use the money for her daily expenses. An older gentleman was given a grant to help with his expenses to simply get to the treatments for sarcoma.  Another older gentleman was given a grant to help pay his insurance co-pays as he is struggling with his bills. Other patients received help with parking and transportation to attend their treatments. In all, 93 patients have received help from Kelly’s Foundation during the month of May.  This was made possible solely because of the generosity of all of you.
Kelly would be so proud to help these folks struggling with everyday life while battling cancer.  She, most of all, knew the physical endurance, mental toughness, and emotional stability required to survive the treatments and the recovery time required to fight cancer.  Providing some support to alleviate the additional stress of financial shortfalls makes a significant difference to these patients.
This week the Foundation will donate $5000 in Kelly’s name to the Patient and Family Fund at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the facility where Kelly began her treatments.  Michael Hibler, the Fund Administrator, met with us last week to discuss the purpose of the fund so that we could determine whether it met with the mission of Kelly’s Fund.  It indeed did.  Michael shared with us a story about how a week prior the fund purchased an air conditioner and coordinated its installation for a woman undergoing cancer treatments.  This may sound trivial to some, but given the brutal side effects of chemotherapy and the recent heat we have been experiencing, it is an absolute gift to be able to rest comfortably.  Michael will ensure that portions of the donation are shared with deserving patients consistent with the mission of the Foundation.
Thank you so very much for your support. 

May 2011 
Thank you to everyone who has graciously sent checks to Kelly’s Foundation.  The donations total in excess of $14,000 so far. A portion of the funds contributed have already been put to good use.  This past Thursday the Foundation donated $5000 in Kelly’s name to the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital.  Mary Pat Lynch, the Center’s Administrator, gratefully accepted the check.  She will ensure that portions of the donation are shared with deserving patients consistent with the mission of the Foundation. Mary Pat kindly shared with us some of the requests that they have recently received.  They currently have a request from a woman who could not work anymore due to her treatments and the side effects of the chemotherapy drugs.  She requested $500 to help pay her rent to avoid eviction.  The social workers took her request, made sure the need existed, and got her the money that she needed from a foundation similar to Kelly’s.  They continued to work with her to help her move in with a friend while she continued her treatments.
Kelly was so lucky to have a wonderfully understanding place to work and a substantial support network to help her through the treatments but she was aware that there were people who did not.  Her Foundation is doing the work she would have wanted it to. Going forward, Mary Pat will inform us on how the funds from the Foundation’s initial donation are used.  Those stories will be posted here so that all can see the good work that is done by the Foundation.
Thank you so very much for your support.