About The Founders

While growing up, Kelsey was always one to put others before herself. Being in the hospital only increased her desire to care for others. Despite all of the negative obstacles in her life, Kelsey always had a smile on her face. She was passionate about helping others and strove to make their days a bit brighter, even while she was in remission for 2 ½ years. During her relapse, doctors recommended that she receive a Bone Marrow Transplant. Kelsey’s little sister Kylie wanted to be her donor and luck would have it that Kylie matched all 6 of the antigen requirements. Kylie’s courageous donation extended Kelsey’s life by 2 years. On November 1st, 2005 Kelsey passed away. After her passing, Kylie wanted to keep Kelsey’s spirit alive and created the non-profit organization today known as Kelsey’s Dream. Kylie started out small by helping the other children in the hospital through programs that an eleven-year-old could manage. Kylie grew up watching Kelsey take everyone around her into consideration and used that example to created programs that would help brighten days for children in the hospital. After her little project grew into a national organization, Kylie continues to get the word out about Kelsey’s Dream by applying for grants, reaching new achievements, and receiving various awards.

Awards

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22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women Her Campus Magazine
THON Communications Captain Penn State Dance Marathon
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20 Under 20 - Incredible Teens Changing the World The Prospect
Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award Newtown Kindness
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Peace First Prize Finalist Peace First
Huggable Hero Finalist Build-A-Bear
Young American Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce
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TeenLife TeenLeader Finalist TeenLife (1,500 applicants - top ten)
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador Central PA HOBY
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Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award - Local Soroptimist International of SUN Counties
Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award - District IV Soroptimist International District IV
Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award Shikelimo Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution - 2nd place in Pennsylvania Shikelimo & State Chapter
Most Influential People (1 of 5) Standard Journal
Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship Susquehanna University
Most Likely to Change the World Award, 1st place in Group Presentation, 2nd Place in Group Simulation LIFE - Susquehanna University
Young Adult Caring Award Caring Institute
Valley's Nifty Fifty Leaders The Daily Item
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Nestle' Very Best in Youth Finalist Nestle' USA
Kindness Challenge Winner Rachael Ray, USA Today and dosomething.org
Energizer Keep Goin' Award Semi-Finalist Energizer
Kids Are Heroes Recipient Kids Are Heroes, Inc.
Huggable Hero Semi-Finalist Build-A-Bear Workshop
Mifflinburg Volunteer of the Month - March Mifflinburg Heritage & Revitalization Association
Student of the Month - March Mifflinburg Area Middle School
Huggable Hero Finalist Build-A-Bear Workshop
Thomas A. Muchler Memorial Award Mifflinburg Area Middle School
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Semi Finalist Huggable Hero Build-A-Bear Workshop
State Honoree (Silver) Prudential Spirit of Community Prudential & NASSP (selected 1 of 102, from 21,000 applicants)
Citation for Outstanding Achievement Russell Fairchild, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Honorary Resolution Gene Yaw, Senate of Pennsylvania
Certification of Congressional Recognition Tenth Congressional District of Pennsylvania - Congressman Chris Carney
Prestigious Distinction United States Senate - U.S Senator Arlen Spector
National Honoree (Gold) Prudential Spirit of Community Prudential & NASSP
Kenneth Crook Memorial Award Mifflinburg Area Middle School
Get Well Soon Grant Grand Prize Winner Do Something/Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin Robbins
Silver Barnum Service Award Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus
Everyday Young Hero Youth Service America
Amazing Kid AOL - ParentDish
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Union County Youth Good Samaritan Hero Union County American Red Cross
Store-Level Winner Kohl's Kids Who Care Kohl's Cares for Kids
Regional Winner Kohl's Kids Who Care Kohl's Cares for Kids
Lil' Hero Nestle's Drumstick
Bronze, Silver, Gold President's Volunteer Service President's Council on Service & Civil Participation

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