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
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20 Under 20- Incredible Teens
Changing the World
Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award
Peace First Prize Finalist
Huggable Hero Finalist
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