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Our Founders

About Us 

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.

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"

- William James


scroll over the dates below to see our awards!


20 Under 20- Incredible Teens
Changing the World
The Prospect 
Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award
Newtown Kindness 


Peace First Prize Finalist
Peace First 
Huggable Hero Finalist
Build-A-Bear Workshop 
Young American
Greater Susquehanna Valley 
Chamber of Commerce 


TeenLife TeenLeader Finalist
TeenLife (top ten of 1,500 applicants) 
Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador
Central PA HOBY 


22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women
Her Campus Magazine 
THON Communications Captain
Penn State Dance Marathon 


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, PA House of Representatives 
Honorary Resolution 
Gene Yaw, Senate of PA 
Certification of Congressional Recognition 
Tenth Congressional District of PA-
Congressman Chris Carney 
Prestigious Distinction 
US Senate-
US Senator Arlen Spector 
National Honoree (Gold) Prudential Spirit of Community
Prudential & NASSP 
Kenneth Cook Memorial Award
Mifflinburg Area Middle School 
Get Well Soon Grant Grand Prize Winner
Do Something/Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin Robins 
Silver Barnum Service Award
Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus 
Everyday Young Hero
Youth Service America 
Amazing Kid 


Nestle' Very Best in Youth Finalist 
Nestle' USA 
Kindness Change Winner
Rachel Ray, USA Today
and do 
Energizer Keep Goin' Award Semi-Finalist
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 


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 Care for Kids 
Lil' Hero 
Nestle's Drumstick 
Bronze, Silver, Gold President's Volunteer Service
President's Council on Service 
& Civil Participation 


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 PA
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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