Kellsie's Hope Foundation
MMCU is proud to support the Kellsie’s Hope Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that raises money for childhood cancer.
Kellsie Marchbanks was diagnosed with cancer when she was fifteen years old, in 2005. At the time, she was an energetic high school student, a member of the Varsity dance team. For over a year, she underwent cancer treatment that included chemotherapy and surgery. Success was achieved in 2007 when she was declared cancer free! She was able to return to school and dancing. She went on to earn an Associate Degree, enter the Goldfarb School for Nursing, and get engaged at the Cinderella Castle at Disney World. Unfortunately, the cancer returned in 2010 and Kellsie lost her battle in 2011.
The Marchbanks family honors Kellsie’s heart for giving by maintaining this foundation that helps fund cancer research and grant special wishes to children with cancer. They have several programs, including the following.
- Wishes – This program covers trips or other special requests. “By granting wishes and wish trips for children with cancer, we are helping families create new memories and provide a much needed distraction from this devastating disease.”
- Gifts of Hope – this program includes gift cards, treats, and toys for children who are undergoing cancer treatment at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and Mercy.
- Scholarships – one $500 scholarship and three $1000 are awarded each year “to someone whose goal is to become a nurse or wants to advance their degree and exemplifies Kellsie’s compassion and giving spirit.”
- Pediatric Cancer Research – fulfilling Kellsie’s promise to her oncologist, this program helps fund research for childhood cancer at Washington University.