In February, Kelsey's Dream™ intern Taylor Schumann was invited to the Kelly-Ites 4-H Club monthly meeting in Lewisburg. The club has 22 members and participates in projects ranging form arts & crafts to livestock and woodworking. When the club was asked what they'd like to do for community service, Kelsey's Dream™ was mentioned. Some members of the 4-H Club attend Mifflinburg High School with Kylie Kuhns, founder of Kelsey's Dream™, and wanted to help out their classmate in any way they could.
Nancy DeHaven-Imgrund, Organizational Leader of the 4-H Club and a breast cancer survivor, was excited to have Taylor speak about Kelsey's Dream™ because she too could relate to Kelsey's experiences. Nancy explained to the club the need of snacks for patients going through chemotherapy and how they are helping out so many kids in need by learning about what they can do to help.
Taylor gave an overview of Kelsey's Dream™ and the events they do including the Snack Pack Program. The 4-H club made a snack donation at the end of the meeting. Thank you to all who donated and for giving back to the community!
Wildcats Deliver Snacks and Hoppers!
Right after school and before practice on Tuesday, February 17th, the Mifflinburg Lady Wildcats girls basketball team visited the Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville. The team delivered a trunk full of snacks and a case of Hopper the Cancer Crushers to the hospital. Hopper is a play therapy toy for children undergoing treatment for cancer. He is a very special toy because he comes with a mediport that is similar to the one that patients receiving chemotherapy have. This not only serves as a similar companion to children, but Hopper also acts as a liaison between doctors, parents, and children.The snacks were donated by the staff and employees at Erie Building Materials in Williamsport and will be available to the pediatric oncology patients during their visits to appointments.
The Lady Wildcats are starting district playoffs this Thursday, at home at 7:00pm, against Shikellamy. Recently, the the Lady Cats made history by winning the HAC1 title and the PHAC Championship. Both are title "firsts" at Mifflinburg High School. They were so excited to make this delivery as a team and truly exemplify what it means to work hard and play hard. We are very thankful for young women like these who are willing to take the time to give back to their community. Thank you girls for your kind hearts and generosity. Go Wildcats!
Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Company held a dress down day once a week for one month. The bank matched the donations from the employees and all together they raised $756 to donate to Kelsey's Dream™. Thank you so much to all who participated! We are so appreciative of your support and generosity.
Pictured with Kylie is Mandi Ruhl, the Branch Administrator
Kelsey's Dream™ intern Taylor Schumann donated her hair and raised money to donate to three charities, one being Kelsey's Dream™. She donated 11 inches of hair to Locks of Love and was able to raise about $900! She donated $300 each to Kelsey's Dream, Locks of Love, and Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Thank you so much for all those who donated and to Taylor for making it all happen!
Gabe Butterworth is a first grader at Meadowbrook Christian Academy in Mifflinburg. He made these holiday signs and sold them to raise money for Kelsey’s Dream™. Gabe raised $86! Thank you, Gabe, for your kind heart and generosity!
Paddy the baby Penguin Donation
Last week, Kelsey’s Dream™ intern Rebecca Procopio delivered twenty-one Paddy the baby Penguin plush toys to Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville. Tracey Craddock, a Child Life Specialist at the hospital, was there to accept the fuzzy companions to give to Pediatric Oncology inpatients the week of Christmas and on Christmas day.
This donation of penguins was possible thanks to Robin Beck. She performed this kind and generous act in memory of her sister-in-law who lost her battle to cancer. Robin, an AVON representative, held a fundraiser for the Nagel family. She gave those buying the Penguin the option of donating the penguin back for children in the hospital during Christmas.
Thank you so much to Robin for her kind heart during this holiday season.
Dress Down Donation for Kelsey's Dream!
Swineford National Bank in Mifflinburg held a dress down day every Friday in October to raise money for Kelsey's Dream™. They raised a total of $347.00 to donate. Kelsey's Dream™ is so appreciative of the generosity of the bank and its employees. Thank you!
Pictured from left to right: Kathy Bilger, Torie Styers, Kylie Kuhns (Founder of Kelsey's Dream™), Nicole Sovic, Kimberly Snyder, Matthew Atchison
On November 12, intern Rebecca Procopio delivered snacks to Geisinger to help with the Snack Pack Program. Kelsey’s Dream™ donates snacks for children going through treatment in the oncology unit of the hospital and does its best to help put smiles on the faces of the children going through a tougher time. A big thank you to the first graders of Meadowbrook Christian School for collecting and donating these snacks!
Pictured with Rebecca (right) is Katie Riese, Pediatric Oncology Child Life Specialist
First Graders Collect Snacks
The First Graders of Meadowbrook Christian School have proved they know what it means to give back! After receiving a presentation on the organization, the children decided to collect snacks for Kelsey's Dream's snack pack program. The program strives to provide children who are receiving treatment for cancer with snacks while they wait. The children not only learned the importance of doing something for those in their community, but also learned the mission of the organization. Thank you, first graders!
Kelsey's Fall Festival Was A Success!
October 11th proved to be an incredible feat for Kelsey's Dream of Mifflinburg. The organization, who stand to improve the lives of children in need especially those suffering from cancer, held their eighth annual Kelsey's Fall Festival. From 11 a.m. to 7p.m. the day was jam packed with activities, performances, and food.
Enterline's Dance Studio performed pieces from their summer intensive, while children enjoyed a multitude of games and activities as well as fed two adorable alpacas.
Volunteers had been generously donating their time since 4:30 a.m. stirring apple butter kettles which were later jarred and sold to festival guests. In honor of Kelsey's 21st birthday, sister and founder Kylie Kuhns led the balloon release sending well wishes and love to her sister. Profits from the festival will go to the distribution of Hopper the Cancer Crusher, Kelsey's Dream's recently developed therapy toy.
With another event under it's belt, Kelsey's Dream can't wait for next year! A big big thank you to all of our volunteers!
The Epsilon Beta chapter of Delta Gamma at Bucknell University recently donated $1000 to Kelsey’s Dream™. Epsilon Beta was the winner of the 2014 Frankie Ladley Wakefield Parnassus Award. The Frankie Ladley Wakefield Parnassus Award is given annually to three Delta Gamma chapters who maintain an overall 3.0 grade point average or higher, and that manifest the highest qualities of intellectual curiosity and integrity while maintaining excellence in scholastic programming and performance. This money donated to Kelsey’s Dream™ will sponsor two hospitals, meaning that every child going through treatment will be able to receive a Hopper the Cancer Crusher therapy toy. Epsilon Beta was so happy to make a contribution to this wonderful cause.
These four children made cupcakes and sold them around the Mifflinburg area. They raised $50 for Kelsey’s Dream™, which just goes to show that one idea can make a big difference! We are so appreciative of generous young people such as these who take the time to give back and help out a good cause such as Kelsey’s Dream™.
Pictured: Neyshawn Mabry (left), Tandalaya Mabry (top left), Deajah Mabry (middle left), Alice Arvelo (middle right), Kylie Kuhns (far right)
On Sunday, September 14, intern Taylor Schumann gave a presentation to the St. John’s United Church of Christ congregation in Lewisburg. The church has a Fully Rely on God (FROG) program for the children and they thought it would be great to hear about what Kelsey’s Dream™ does. The children do a lot of FROG related activities but also do fun frog crafts! They brought handmade frog pillows to the service and also had some inflatable frogs to play with.
Taylor explained the mission of Kelsey’s Dream™ and the programs it does to help children in need such as the blanket program, the snack pack program and Kelsey’s Fall Festival. She then introduced “Hopper the Cancer Crusher” to the congregation and explained how it is a therapy treatment toy that helps medical teams explain to children going through chemotherapy what is going to happen during their treatment.
The congregation was very welcoming and warm and Kelsey’s Dream™ is very appreciative of communities like this who support us and are interested in what we do to help others.
On Thursday, September 11th, intern Taylor Schumann delivered snacks to Geisinger to help with the Snack Pack Program. Kelsey’s Dream™ donates snacks for children going through treatment in the oncology unit of the hospital. Kelsey always enjoyed a yummy treat after a long day of treatment, so Kelsey’s Dream™ does its best to help put smiles on the faces of the children going through a tougher time.
Pictured with Taylor is Katie Riese, Pediatric Oncology Child Life Specialist
On Thursday, September 11th, intern Taylor Schumann delivered 37 handmade blankets to the Ronald McDonald House. The blankets will be given to children at Camp Dost, a Pediatric Children’s Cancer Camp in Millville. Every year, Kelsey’s Dream™ provides about 100 handmade blankets to the camp and they are so grateful to have generous volunteers doing their part and making a difference.
Welcome Back, Taylor!
Kelsey’s Dream would like to welcome back Taylor Schumann for the 2014-2015 academic year as an Administrative Assistant! Taylor is a junior civil engineering major at Bucknell University and is from West Hartford, CT.
Last year at Kelsey’s Dream, Taylor made posters for Kelsey’s Fall Festival, wrote articles about volunteers and donors, delivered blankets to the Ronald McDonald House for Camp Dost, and delivered snacks at Geisinger for the Snack Pack Program. She is so excited to be back on Kelsey’s Dream so she can keep making a difference in this community and across the country. Welcome back, Taylor!
Kylie Delivers Hopper to Geisinger
Kylie Kuhns delivered “Hopper the Cancer Crusher” to Geisinger on Thursday, July 31st. She told them the beautiful story of how her sister Kelsey inspired her to found Kelsey’s Dream™ due to her diagnosis with ALL leukemia and how she persevered despite the challenges.
Kylie introduced “Hopper the Cancer Crusher” to the pediatric oncology team and explained that he is a play therapy toy for children undergoing treatment for cancer. Hopper is an age appropriate way for medical teams to explain procedures to young children receiving treatment. He is very special because he has a mediport that is similar to the ones children have when going through chemotherapy. Hopper has been given to every child receiving treatment in 42 hospitals in 26 states and is still hopping all over the country to more locations.
This visit was a very special one for our founder Kylie because Geisinger was where her older sister received treatment. Kelsey’s Dream would like to thank all of the medical staff for doing an amazing job and helping so many people in need!
Lemonade Stand Donates to Kelsey's Dream
Last year, Reece and Camryn Murray raised $25 for Kelsey's Dream™ by selling lemonade and cookies at their yard sale. This year, the girls recruited their little brother Landen and set out with the same goal to raise money for a great cause. The stand raised $63! Mother Emily Stoltzfus and Grandmother Sue Smith matched the earnings for a total of $126 to donate to Kelsey's Dream™. We really appreciate the generosity of the Murray children. Their kind hearts and hard work will go towards helping children just like them. Keep up the good work!
Blankets being donated and collected!
Kylie with an ECLA volunteer Robin Kunkel
Kylie with Chris Lehman, Director of Camp Dost
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) challenged all ECLA congregations throughout the United States to participate in another day of service. The Sharon Lutheran Church in Selinsgrove recently donated 10 blankets to Kelsey's Dream™. These blankets will be given to campers at Camp Dost, a pediatric cancer camp.
We are so appreciative of all the hard work that volunteers do to make the lived of children with cancer that much brighter. Founder Kylie Kuhns just delivered 63 blankets to the camp and they will be given to many deserving children.
Kelsey's Dream™ is now stocking up and accepting blanket donations for Camp Dost 2015! If you would like to donate new handmade blankets, you can drop them off at Art of Living Design Studio in Mifflinburg or Apex Homes in Middleburg.
The Dreisbach Youth Sunday School class completed 17 blankets thanks to material and monetary donations from members of the church. The blankets will be given to children at Camp Dost, a Pediatric Children’s Cancer Camp in Millville. Every year, Kelsey’s Dream™ provides about 100 handmade blankets to the camp and they are so grateful to have generous volunteers, such as these students, doing their part and making a difference.
If you would like to donate new handmade blankets, you can drop them off at Art of Living Design Studio in Mifflinburg, Country Farm & Home, Mifflinburg or Apex Homes in Middleburg.
Pictured: Adam Leitzel, Maddie Young, Tricia Lloyd, Mallory Leitzel, Alec Chappell, Quincy Amabile and Becca Stup.
Bucknell Students Host a 5K Race for Kelsey's Dream
On Sunday, March 30th, a group of students from a Management 101 course at Bucknell University hosted “Kilometers for Kelsey”, a 5K event in honor of Kelsey’s Dream.
The Management 101 course at Bucknell required that the students organize themselves into a company structure with an elected CEO, VP of Business, Service, Human Resource Management and other roles for each member of the company. The company selected a service project in the community and paired that with a business to fund the service project. The students in “Company A”, decided on the team name, “CommuniT for Kelsey’s Dream”. Its mission was, “to put smiles on the faces of young patients suffering from cancer and honor the life of Kelsey Kuhns, a local Mifflinburg resident who died of leukemia. We strive to connect with the children, families, and friends of those affected by leukemia and lymphoma by supporting and spreading awareness for Kelsey’s Dream and all that this wonderful organization represents.”
“CommuniT for Kelsey’s Dream”, decided to hold a race and sell t-shirts to raise money for Kelsey’s Dream, a local non-profit based in Mifflinburg. The goal was to raise awareness about the importance of being informed about different types of cancers. The students in the company felt very strongly about supporting Kelsey’s Dream, some even due to personal experiences they faced with family or friends, who had suffered or lost their lives from this terrible disease.
The company worked closely with Kelsey’s Dream and the town of Lewisburg to prepare for the 5K. In addition to the race, "Kilometers for Kelsey” also included blanket making, prize drawings, and great music provided by a student DJ from Bucknell. Before the 5K began, the founder of Kelsey’s Dream, Kylie Kuhns, spoke about her sister Kelsey. Kylie’s passion for the organization and the love for her big sister Kelsey, who passed away from Leukemia, were very obvious in her speech and really highlighted the importance of hosting this event.
Despite rainy conditions, nothing could dampen the smiles on everyone’s faces. The race was indeed a success, and the students gained much more than expected from this class assignment. About two weeks after the race, “Company A” met at Bucknell and celebrated a successful event/fundraiser with Kylie Kuhns. The students presented Kylie with a check for $2,000. This event was a great success and helped the students understand that their hard work not only helped them gain important management skills, but also greatly benefitted an organization that helps others in need.
Erie Materials Makes A Donation
“Hopper the Cancer Crusher Hats”
P.E.O. Chapter BV is sewing “Hopper Hats!" Hopper is a fluffy, stuffed frog equipped with a chemotherapy port that doctors can use to demonstrate the medication process to newly diagnosed pediatric oncology patients.
"Hopper Hats" are designed to look like a frog that was a vision of Kelsey when she was undergoing her treatments. The pattern can be found at fleecefun.com. It is the chapter's hope that these fuzzy fleece hats will warm the heads and hearts of these brave young patients. They are hoping the hats will help the children to feel less self-conscious about the hair loss associated with their treatment.
P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women through scholarships, grants, awards and loans. They motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. The P.E.O chapter is pleased to team up with Kelsey’s Dream™ and join in the community wide effort to help children who are diagnosed with cancer.
Cub Scout Pack Donates Snacks..Again!
On Friday, January 17th, Kelsey’s Dream™ delivered snacks to Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. The organization started The Snack Pack Program for pediatric cancer patients at the hospital. Many children are on steroids for their treatment, so they love looking forward to choosing their own yummy treat that pacifies the hunger caused by this medicine. When Kelsey used to get ready for a long day at the hospital, she would look forward to playing grocery with her mom using her backpack full of snacks. Kelsey’s Dream™ continues to strive to make these children smile, even from something as small as a bag of chips. The Mifflinburg Cub Scouts, Pack #3520, generously donated this batch of snacks.
Pictured with intern Taylor Schumann is Katie Riese, a Certified Child Life Specialist at Geisinger.
Cub Scout Pack 3520 Donates Snacks
To thank Mifflinburg Cub Scouts - Pack 3520 for their service, Kylie Kuhns, founder of Kelsey’s Dream, introduced the Kelsey’s Dream therapy toy “Hopper the Cancer Crusher” to the troop. “Hopper” is intended to be a liaison between doctors and young patients, so children can better understand the procedures they will have to undergo. The organization hopes to supply pediatric oncology wings throughout American hospitals with “Hopper” so newly diagnosed children can have him right away. In addition to learning about the therapy toy, the scouts had collected and generously donated snacks for Kelsey’s Dream, which will go to young patients at Geisinger's Janet Weis Children's Hospital. If you would like to donate to the snack program, all donations must be individual sized, and can be dropped off at Art of Living Design Studio, Mifflinburg or Apex Homes, Rt. 522, Middleburg.
Pictured in the photo:
Standing: Kylie Kuhns
Back Row: Ethan Thone, Chase Schlegel, Nathaniel Chambers, Kaleb Sauers, Joey Hibshman, Stanley St. Clair
First Row: Cole Mabus, Harrison Patte, Lyndon Miller and Edwood Bloskey
Union County Sportsman Club Supports Kelsey's Dream
As a business that serves their community, the Union County Sportsman Club and Wildlife Sanctuary of Weikert, Pennsylvania is a place where families can dine, relax, and even see various animals. President of the Union Country Sportsman Club, Bear Spangler, recently presented a check to the founder of Kelsey’s Dream, Kylie Kuhns. As a child, Kylie and her sister Kelsey loved having meals, playing on the playground, and appreciating the animals at the club.
Sara and Katie named 2013 Kelsey’s Dream Volunteers of the Year
Sara Stauffer and Katie Alexander, two seniors at Mifflinburg Area High School, were named Kelsey’s Dream Volunteers of the Year during Kelsey’s Fall Festival. Stauffer is the captain of her high school soccer team; and Alexander, the captain of the field hockey team. They were chosen to represent the organization because of their dedication and commitment to Kelsey’s Dream. “… I had many different emotions, but most of all, I was touched… [the Kuhns family] have become very good friends to my family and me. I am so proud and inspired to be a part of Kelsey’s legacy,” explains Stauffer on receiving the award.
Both young ladies have been volunteering with Kelsey’s Dream since the first Fall Festival of 2007 by helping with set up and tear down, as well as many other aspects that go into making the Festival a huge success. This year Alexander coordinated the cake wheel and recruited her field hockey teammates to participate in the Festival as well. In addition to supporting the Fall Festival every year, the young ladies also help Kelsey’s Dream with the Angel Tree program, the Garden Tea Party, and much more. Alexander states, “I guess I could say that it feels great to volunteer because not only do I have a good time doing it, but I also know that it can help little kids feel better.” Congratulations girls, and thank you for your all your hardworking help!
Kelsey's Dream at Country Farm and Home
Campers to Arrive at Camp Dost
Camp Dost is a pediatric cancer camp held at Camp Victory in Millville. 104 campers attended camp in 2014.Camp Dost is a pediatric cancer camp held at Camp Victory in Millville. Kelsey's Dream provided handmade blankets for the attendees and funded the campers and councilors t-shirts.
Founder Named Most Influential
The Standard Journal named Kylie Kuhns Most Influential because of her work with Kelsey's Dream. She was recently featured in a new annual section of the paper which chooses five of the Most Influential people in the area from submitted nominations. Kylie, a freshman in high school, aside from spending time with her family and friends, dedicating time to Key Club and student government, and playing three sports, has founded an organization with the goal of helping children who have been diagnosed with cancer. Kelsey's Dream contributes to the community through many programs and also has created an opportunity for children and adults of the community to volunteer to a great cause. Kylie feels that all her work with Kelsey's Dream is worth it because volunteering makes her feel good and has had a positive impact on her personally.
Rachael Ray and USA Today Kindness Challenge
Kylie Kuhns, Founder, recently appeared on the Rachael Ray Show and in USA Today. If you missed the announcement of the Kindness Challenge Winner - here is the link to the Rachael Ray Show - http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show/segments/view/winner-kindness-challenge/
Relive Kylie's appearance on the Rachael Ray Show for winning the Kindness Challenge!