Grad Project Donation
Midd-West High School requires more than just a list of grades to graduate. These seniors receive more than just a diploma, they are earning life experience and the invaluable appreciation of serving those in their community. Elizabeth Hockenberry chose to complete her Graduation Project by gifting an incredible organization. Kelsey’s Dream™ is dedicated to making life brighter for children with cancer and other children in need. Hockenberry was able to sell merchandise in a variety of creative ways and settings. Through her work, she earned over $500.00 of support for this inspiring organization. Their commitment to community involvement is making a difference in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania and across the nation. With the generosity of Elizabeth Hockenberry, Kelsey’s Dream™ will continue to provide hope and encouragement to the children around them. They are honoring Kelsey through their work and Elizabeth Hockenberry inspires others to do the same.
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)
Kelsey's Fall Festival is on Saturday, October 11th!
The Festival will be on the Mifflinburg VFW Grounds, just west of Mifflinburg on route 45 and will take place from 11am to 7pm. Come on over for food, fun, and to support a great cause!
Kelsey’s Fall Festival will kick off with an old fashioned Apple Butter boil. Plenty of fun events are planned for the entire day: Sumo Wrestling, kids crafts, build a bluebird bat or butterfly house, Cake Wheel, Hayrides, Blue Barrel Tractor Rides, adrenaline rush inflatable, win a goldfish, soda ring toss, face painting, sand art, football throw and more. Kids should also keep an eye out for Elmo and Cookie Monster!
Come enjoy entertainment provided by Enterline’s Dance Center from 11am-12pm, American Academy of Martial Arts from 12pm-1pm, Ensembles from Mifflinburg Middle School band and choir from 1pm-2pm, and Riser Crew from 2pm-4pm. After 4pm we invite local musicians to take the stage!
Come hungry because you will want to indulge in all the homemade goodies: Homemade Chicken Corn Soup, Aunt Amie’s famous baked potato soup, Whoopee Pies, Apple Dumplings, Fish sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, hand cut French fries, Homemade baked goods, apple cider and more!
Kelsey’s Fall Festival is a community event sponsored by many local sports teams, businesses, and churches. It wouldn’t be possible without the numerous volunteers helping out at this event. Check out all of our sponsors on the Partners in Dreams page under the Dream Team tab!
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!
Hopper Introduced to Summer Class
On July 31, Kylie Kuhns visited the Summer Discover Class for children up to age 5 at the Herr Memorial Library. The theme for the day was “It's A Frog's Life,” where children learned about the life cycle of a frog. There were frog-themed stories, activities and games for the children.
Kylie attended the class to link the frog theme and the Kind Acts Experiment Program and introduced “Hopper The Cancer Crusher".
Friends, family and patrons of Herr Memorial Library made donations to help raise funds to purchase "Hoppers" for deserving children. Anyone that made a donation was automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win two free passes to Clyde Peelings Reptiland to learn even more about frogs.
Kelsey’s Dream™ is so appreciative of the generous efforts of the Herr Memorial Library and of everyone who made a donation.
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.
Volunteers at Kelsey's Dream
Three Midd West High School sophomores in the National Honors Society volunteered at Kelsey's Dream™. The society honors students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These girls showed this excellence by helping out with soome administrative work such as clipping articles from newspapers to create posters for Kelsey's Dream™.
Kelsey's Dream™ always appreciates volunteers to help in our goal of making lives of children with cancer a little brighter. If you need community service hours or would just like to volunteer, please contact us!
Pictured from left to right: Kristen Kratzer, Jaclyn Hostetler and Alexis Aucker
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
Thank you to Erie Materials of Williamsport, PA who donated $1,000 on April 23rd to the “Hopper the Cancer Crusher” Program. This donation will provide two hospitals with "Hopper the Cancer Crusher" for children newly diagnosed with cancer. Erie Materials is a corporate sponsor and will be partnering with Kelsey's Dream™ in the future.
Pictured: Amy Neumann - Erie Materials Corporate Office in Syracuse New York; Brett Holmes (with Hopper the Cancer Crusher) - General Manager Erie Materials, Williamsport Facility; and Lynn Kuhns - Kelsey's Dream™ Vice President/Apex Homes President
Country Farm & Home supports Garden Tea Party
Country Farm & Home manager, Keith Phelps, was thrilled about the record turn out. Phelps is an avid supporter of Kelsey’s Dream™ and believes in helping kids with cancer and other health problems. He believes in doing “anything we can do to make their lives normal and give them the life a kid should have.”
Keith definitely plans to put on the event again next year. He says, “The Garden Tea Party is one of the biggest events for Kelsey’s Dream™ at the garden center. The ladies really like it and it fits in well with our Spring Open House.”
Kelsey's Dream™ would like to thank Keith, our volunteers, and our guests for their support. Be sure to look out for updates on Hopper the Cancer Crusher!
Snack Pack Program Delivery
On Friday, March 28th, 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.
Pictured with intern Taylor Schumann (right) is Katie Riese (left), a Certified Child Life Specialist at Geisinger.
“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.
Angel Tree Program 2013
This holiday season, Kelsey's Dream™ met with the Salvation Army to select a number of very needy local children to sponsor. We also bought gifts for the Nagel family who must use their resources to care for their, three out of four, children that suffer from a terrible disease. Intern Molly had lots of fun shopping for warm clothing and exciting toys for all the kids! From coats, sweaters, and pajamas to footballs, coloring books, and remotes control cars, we hope each child enjoyed opening his or her gifts on Christmas morning. As always, our goal is to brighten the lives of children in need.
Pictured below: Some of the toys in Molly's trunk
Montgomery High School Donates
In November, Montgomery Area Highschool's FCCLA Club along with Janet Sellard, Family & Consumer Science Instructor, promoted Childhood Cancer Awareness. Students at Montgomery began a weeklong study of childhood cancer with a Gold Ribbon Event. Each day, students learned how cancer affects children and how little is done in the way of research for a cure. During their "Gold Out" week, students conducted a penny drive because every penny counts when trying to find a cure for kids. At the end of the week, middle and high school students collected over 20,303 pennies. The money was presented to Kelsey's Dream during an assembly where students also learned more about Hopper the Cancer Crusher from Molly Ford, a Bucknell University intern from Kelsey's Dream. Matt Rhinehart presented on behalf of the school and shared students' research on childhood cancer over the daily announcements.
The students are excited to make this an annual event and can't wait to see how much money they can raise next year!
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
Lynzee Ruhl helps Kelsey's Dream
Kelsey's Dream thanks Lynzee Ruhl, Mifflinburg Middle School 6th grader for her generous donation! She made rainbow loom bracelets and sold them at a local craft fair to raise $100 dollars for Kelsey's Dream. We are proud of Lynzee's accomplishment and thank her for helping children in need! She is pictured below presenting her donation to Kylie.
Meadowbrook First Graders Donate Snacks
Each year different classes of the Meadowbrook Christian School of Milton, PA come up with and participate in a service project. This year, the children of Mrs. Nornhold’s first grade class decided to partake in a snack pack program for Kelsey’s Dream. An intern with Kelsey’s Dream, Olivia Davis, went to the class and briefly presented the organization and the goal of the snack pack program. The students were not only eager to engage, but they also were inquisitive of what having a deleterious disease meant. Each student was to bring in a donation of some kind of non-perishable snack to contribute to the multitude of snacks going to the Geisinger Medical Center of Danville. There, the snacks would be distributed as needed to patients in the pediatric oncology wing. Thanks to the generosity of these young children, Kelsey’s Dream will be able to better provide young patients with a more comfortable atmosphere.
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.
7th Annual Kelsey's Fall Festival Recap
Saturday October 12, 2013 marked the 7th annual Kelsey's Fall Festival. Thanks to over 400 dedicated volunteers, it was the most successful festival to date! Along with a record setting 430 quarts of apple butter, other classic favorites such as music entertainment, adrenaline rush inflatable, hayrides, blue barrel tractor rides, Elmo and Cookie Monster characters, crafts, games, and prizes galore, the cake wheel, apple cider, and other delicious treats delighted festival goers once again. Ashburn's Animals petting zoo and the dunk tank were new additions that were consistently crowded with kids ready to feed a furry friend or see a local celebrity get soaked.
The Mifflinburg VFW fairground was blessed with warm, October weather. The sun beamed down after the balloon release commemorating Kelsey's 20th birthday.This event alone made attending the festival worthwhile; pictures truly cannot do it justice.
Kelsey's Dream unveiled the newest member of the team, Hopper the Cancer Crusher! Make sure to stop by the Art of Living Design Studio to buy Hopper shirts for $10!
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.
Mifflinburg Bank & Trust employee Karen Kurtz presented a check to Kylie Kuhns, Founder, Kelsey’s Dream Organization. The check represents Casual Friday funds donated by bank employees and matching funds by Mifflinburg Bank & Trust.
Welcome New Interns!
Kelsey’s Dream would like to welcome Taylor Schumann for the 2013-2014 academic year as an Administrative Assistant! Taylor is a sophomore civil engineer at Bucknell University. From West Hartford, Connecticut, Taylor recalls her many years helping to fundraise for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Alex’s family used to live next to Taylor in West Hartford and made a huge impact on her life and was the inspiration for her to help children and families struggling with pediatric cancer. Taylor is extremely excited to be working with Kelsey’s Dream and can’t wait to begin to make a difference in this community. Welcome, Taylor!
Kelsey's Dream welcomes Olivia Clavel-Davis for the 2013-2014 school year as an Administrative Assistant! Originally from Newton, NJ, Olivia is studying at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She is a biology/pre-health major, with hopes in becoming a pediatric oncologist or pediatric oncology nurse practitioner. She is so excited to be able to partake in the lives that cancer affects, and eager to make a difference with the help of our team! Welcome Olivia!
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!