Events

Car Show and Craft Fair, May 14 in Downtown Gainesville

Make plans to join us for the 3rd Annual Kelsey’s Cure Car Show and Craft Fair! This year’s event will be held from 9am to 2pm at the corner of Main Street and Jesse Jewel Parkway in the lot directly across from Wild Wings Cafe in Downtown. There will be hot rods, classic cruisers, and everything in-between joining to compete for the title of “Best in Show”. In addition to the cars, there will also be a food truck or two to satisfy your cravings and a hefty lot of raffle items you may be lucky enough to take home! Furthermore, there will be many local crafters and vendors set up at the craft fair!

Each year nominations are made and one recipient, a local person battling blood cancer, is chosen to be the sole beneficiary of all proceeds raised from the show. Local businesses and individuals work together to fund the event, acting as sponsors to cover costs such as t-shirts, permits, and supplies. This year, our recipient is 26 year old Jason Webb who is battling stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Jason was diagnosed in November of 2015. Read more about his story here.

Want to get involved?

Sponsorship opportunities ranging from $100 to $500 are available. Sponsorships allow for more funds to be given directly to Jason and his family. Download and print a sponsorship form today.

Join the raffle committee! Last year’s recipient Darlene Underwood is our raffle committee chair this year, and she is working hard to collect excellent items for our raffle. Do you have access to items such as electronics, event tickets, car detailing kits, auto memorabilia, etc? Consider joining the committee today. Give us a shout via email if you are interested. Kelseyscurefoundation@gmail.com

Spread the word. Download and print the flyer and share it with anyone you think would be interested in participating or attending the show. With your help we can make an impact!

Our community has consistently shown up to rally around the families we support, families who are facing critical health crises and need a little “boost”. Anything we can do to positively impact those in our community, let’s do it!

Questions? Give us a call or drop us an email at 678.943.6176 or kelseyscurefoundation@gmail.com.



2016 Car Show Recipient Named

Jason Webb

Jason Webb, 26, of Buford has been named the beneficiary of the 2016 Car Show to be held on May 14, 2016. Jason, nominated by his brother in law Jordan Holcombe, was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in November of 2015. Jason and his wife, Sarah, are extremely active in their church and community. He was diagnosed just days before travelling out of state  for a promising interview. Unfortunately, Jason was unemployed when diagnosed, putting extreme financial strain on his family. The family just recently received a bit of good news, however: Jason will not need a Bone Marrow Transplant at this time!

We hope you will join us as we raise funds for Jason and his family, helping to ease the burden of her growing medical costs. Want to know how to get involved?

  1. Spread the word! Know of anyone with a cool ride? Tell them to mark their calendars for May 14, 9-2 pm in Downtown Gainesville
  2. Become a sponsor. Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $500. Help us finance the event, raising more money for Jason!
  3. Consider joining us as a vendor. Spots are just $40!
  4. Volunteer! You can help by passing out flyers, joining the raffle committee, setting up, etc.

For more information on the above please contact us at kelseyscurefoundation@gmail.com.



New Year’s Eve Gala Silent + Live Auction

The New Year’s Eve Gala is an opportunity to celebrate, honor, and remember those affected by blood cancer. It’s also a time to connect with others in our community who are passionate about enhancing the lives of those battling cancer. The evening includes dinner, a silent and live auction, champagne toast, and inspiring speakers.

You can help by donating items for the live and silent auction including: weekend or one week vacation getaways, signed sports memorabilia, jewelry, designer handbags, professional athletic event tickets, concert tickets, original artwork, gift certificates, etc. If you are willing to donate suggested items to be auctioned during the Gala, please contact Kelsey Bishop at kelseyscurefoundation@gmail.com.



New Year’s Eve Gala

Kelsey’s Cure is proud to host our first annual Gala to celebrate, honor, and remember those affected by blood cancer in our community. Join us for a meaningful evening of food, fun, silent and live auction. Hear from Natalie K. Bates, Leukemia survivor, and Kelly Garmon, recipient of the Kelsey’s Cure Ambassador of the Year Award.

Kelsey’s Cure was founded in 2013 by a group of Hall County residents with a desire to make a difference in the life of a young woman in need of a curative bone marrow transplant.  Because of their passion, care, and selflessness over $50,000 was raised, Kelsey received curative treatment, and Kelsey’s Cure was born. Their vision, passion, and determination continues today. Join us in helping to continue the mission of Kelsey’s Cure to enhance the lives of those battling blood cancer.

December 31, 2015
Dinner 8:00 p.m.
Silent & Live Auction*
Formal Attire

The Barn at Jaemor Farms
5340 Cornelia Hwy
Alto, GA 30510
*the silent auction will close at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $50 per person 
Sponsor a table: $400 

To reserve tickets or sponsor a table, please contact Kelsey at kelseyscurefoundation@gmail.com 

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Car Show Rescheduled: October 24

If you follow us on Facebook you are probably already aware that the car show supporting Darlene Underwood has been RESCHEDULED thanks to Cheri, a friend of Darlene’s, who came to our rescue! The show will be held on October 24 at the Guilford Clinics in Gainesville, located at 1250 Jesse Jewel Parkway. There will be FOOD, FUN, and RAFFLES. Click here to see a full list of raffle items.  Each registrant will receive a free swag bag until supplies last.  Please make plans to come out and help us raise support for this sweet family!

Registration begins at 8am
Registration Fee $25
All makes and models are welcome

If you’d like to pre-register, please print and mail the registration form to:
1368 Walker Street
Gainesville, GA 30501

Thank you to our corporate sponsors who’ve joined hands with us to host this event for Darlene!

Event Sponsor
Slack Auto Parts

Gold
Angle Automotive
Remax Advanced: Doug and Jeani Harrell
The Longstreet Clinic Comprehensive Care
King Green 

Silver
Eagle Industrial Distribution, Inc.
Milton Martin Toyota/Scion
Papas Pizza To-Go Dawsonville Hwy. 

2015 Car Show Sponsors



2nd Annual Car Show– UPDATE

Due to consistent rain, the KC board of directors made the decision late Friday evening to cancel the car show. However, we are working to reschedule the car show portion of the event so we can still raise as much support for Darlene, the recipient, as possible. Please check back often for updates.

We’d like to express our gratitude to our corporate sponsors. Please make sure to do business with those who support your local community. We are proud to have partnered with these incredible businesses. Because of their philanthropy, Darlene and her family will still benefit. If you know Darlene, stop by and pay these businesses a visit and thank them for their support! 2015 Car Show Sponsors

Platinum
Slack Auto Parts

Gold
Angle Automotive
The Longstreet Clinic Comprehensive Care
King Green
Remax Advanced, Doug and Jeani Harrell

Silver
Eagle Industrial Distribution
Papas Pizza To-Go, Dawsonville Highway
Milton Martin Toyota/Scion



2nd Annual Car Show September 26

The Kelsey’s Cure 2nd Annual Car Show is September 26 from 9 am – 2 pm. The show is located at 118 Main Street in Downtown Gainesville– the two large parking lots across from Wild Wing Cafe. Make plans to join us for hot rods, cruisers, trucks, food, vendors, and raffles.  All proceeds will benefit DARLENE UNDERWOOD and her family. Darlene is in the process of receiving her second stem cell transplant.

REGISTRATION:$25 at the door: all makes + models are welcome! Cars may begin arriving at 8 am.

VENDORS: Interested in being a vendor? Spots are $40 each. Vendors are responsible for all needed tables or tents. For questions please contact Shay Farr at kelseyscurefoundation@gmail.com

SPONSORSHIP: Click here to view sponsorship opportunities. All sponsorships are due by September 16.

Thank you to our current sponsors:

GOLD:
The Longstreet Clinic, LLC
Jeani and Doug Harrell, Remax Advanced
Angle Automotive

SILVER:
Papa’s Pizza To-Go Dawsonville Hwy.
Jo Hulsey
Milton Martin Toyota
Eagle Industrial Distribution

RAFFLES: Popular raffle items include gift cards, small tools, and car detailing items.

DONATIONS: You may choose to make a direct donation to Darlene’s medical care. Kelsey’s Cure  accepts cash, check, or card both at the show and by mail.

For questions regarding registration, sponsorship, raffles, or donation please contact Kelsey at kelseyscurefoundation@gmail.com 

Please make plans to join us! Don’t forget to cheer Darlene on by using #darlenedominates as you post pictures!

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Kelsey’s Cure is 501c3 non-profit organization, all gifts are tax deductible. 



Car Show Recipient Receives News of Transplant
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Darlene receiving her 18th chemo treatment

When Darlene was informed in March of 2015 of her relapse; she was unsure what the future held.  Darlene says the team of Emory physicians in charge of her case weren’t sure what the future held either.  Their plan was to begin treating her with chemotherapy drugs and a special bone treatment with hopes that a second transplant would be possible in the future.

Fast forward five months, 18 plus chemotherapy treatments, countless tests –Darlene receives the news we’ve all prayed to hear: she is eligible for a second stem cell transplant.

Darlene is no stranger to the transplant process, but this time is quite different, things are moving fast. “I found out yesterday that if my tests come back good I will go in the hospital Aug 26 and have the transplant on Aug 28.” The news of a transplant happening so soon was a bit of a shock to Darlene and her family, who have much to prepare for in a short time. “We are trying to get everything lined up… just got to get all that together”, said Darlene.  After receiving her transplant she must stay within 50 miles of Emory University Hospital and have a friend, family member, or caretaker with her around the clock.  Darlene’s children and husband work full time, leaving her to search for a caretaker. “Sammy is driving the bus now and they don’t have subs for him to take off and stay with me.  The girls are trying to work out their schedules so they can stay.”

Darlene’s story is one all too familiar amongst those needing the curative treatment of a stem cell transplant.  The opportunity is there, but resources are slim. Very few patients have family members with the ability to care for them due to work or other obligations. Therefore, it leaves the patient with the financial burden to provide a hired caretaker, which can cost up to $1200 per week.

Darlene and her family remain positive and steadfast in their faith that God will provide their needs. “I don’t know how everything will go but I’m just giving it to God and letting him take care if it!” For now she is resting and building her energy as THE BIG DAY approaches!

Our prayer and goal is that no one facing a stem cell transplant would have to fret about the cost of treatment, a caregiver, or having a place to stay as they recover. Together we are more powerful.

If you’d like to donate in honor of Darlene please contact Kelsey Bishop at kelseyscurefoundation@gmail.com. You can also help by sponsoring the second annual Kelsey’s Cure Car Show in honor of Darlene or by  joining the Bone Marrow Registry .

Kelsey’s Cure is 501(c)3 non profit organization and all gifts are tax deductible.



Sponsor the 2015 KC Car Show benefiting Darlene Underwood

The second annual KC car and truck show is approaching. Our team and all of you are hard at work to help give Darlene and her family as much love and support as we can. Our community always knows how to rally around those in need. We are looking forward to seeing how you all show up for Darlene.

Thanks to our current sponsors:

GOLD:
Doug and Jeani Harrell, Remax Advanced

SILVER:
Milton Martin Toyota
The Longstreet Clinic, P.C
Eagle Industrial Distribution

The deadline to submit a sponsorship is Sept 16. To sponsor, download the form or contact Shay Farr at kelseyscurefoundation.com. Thank you for your support!



2nd Annual Car & Truck Show recipient: Darlene Underwood #darlenedominates

At KC events we  honor the  journey of those who’ve been faced with fighting blood cancer. Recipients are nominated by their peers and must be currently in treatment for a form of blood cancer and be in need financially, emotionally and/or physically. With every person we meet who is on a cancer journey, we are uniquely inspired and touched. Our most recent recipient is no different.

Darlene Underw10882169_10201984617415535_5986947765622554718_nood is a wife, mother, and grandmother who donates much of her time volunteering at a local elementary school. She was first diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2011. She underwent many chemo treatments and radiation before receiving a stem cell transplant in 2012. In March of this year, at her 3 year check up, Darlene learned she’d relapsed. Since, she has undergone 18 chemo treatments and is waiting to hear if she’s a candidate for another transplant. On this very day Darlene will receive her FINAL chemo treatment! What a day for celebration! We are beyond excited and honored to bless Darlene and her caregivers by being a KC event honored guest.

Please join us in welcoming Darlene to the KC family and please…. SAVE THE DATE for our 2nd Annual Car & Truck show on Sept. 26th…. more details to follow. All profits from the car show will go directly to her and her family to offset their growing medical debt. 

Follow our Facebook page for weekly updates and to give a shout-out to Darlene and her awesome caregivers by using the hashtag #darlenedominates !



Patients cling to hope for a “Match”

Hope is defined as, “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”  When you learn a curative bone marrow transplant is in your future, hope becomes all too real; lifeblood of sorts.  Every year thousands of people, including children, are diagnosed with blood cancers or life threatening illnesses. Many will die unless they’re able to find a suitable donor for a bone marrow transplant. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their lives[i].  This means seven out of every 10 people needing a transplant will go to the registry to search for a donor. The need for more donors is greater than ever, especially donors of mixed ethnicity. A patient and donor must match nine out of 10 alleles (at most transplant centers) to be considered a suitable match. We’re talking DNA here, folks, not just blood type.  The registry is growing, but it’s increasingly difficult to find matches.  It’s more important than ever to register as a potential donor; someone out there is hoping for a match, that match just might be you.

Two years ago this week I was searching for a “match”. Although I was one of four children, none of my siblings were suitable donors. After an initial celebration that my brother was a match, it was determined a rare lab mistake had occurred—I’d need an unrelated donor. I leaned on hope, but fear tried to creep in. Work, that’s how I distract myself. I became the biggest advocate for Be The Match and tried to get everyone I knew to register. A close friend organized what would be one of the largest bone marrow drives ever held in the Gainesville, GA area.  Over 500 locals lined up outside the doors of the East Hall High School gym, all hoping to be THE MATCH; if not for me,580449_10151614456659088_1724971864_n for someone else. There were firemen, nurses, teachers, students, athletes, and preachers present- it takes all types to save lives. With each person who swabbed their cheek HOPE built within me. Not just hope, but passion. With every cheek swabbed it meant more potential donors for patients; people just like me hanging by a thread just praying for a match to be found. Our lives depend on it, literally.

In the following months, a few suitable donors were identified and I received my transplant in September of 2013. Although I do not know who my donor is or if he was present at the drive, I do know my journey has made a difference. More than three Gainesville locals who registered at that June drive in 2013 have been identified as potential donors, one has even been chosen as THE MATCH. Jared McDougle, husband, father, and welder by trade will be the life-saving hope for one little girl in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. Currently, physicians say the little girl is not prepared for a transplant, but Jared is ready and waiting. “They said that her status can change at any moment, so we’re still very hopeful he’ll be able to help her”.  “We wouldn’t have really known much about the Be the Match until we went to the drive they had for you” says Jared’s wife, Haleigh.

There are hundreds of stories just like Jared’s out there: one person stepping out in faith with the hope of helping another. You just never know what may come from 4 simply cheek swabs; you may just save someone’s life. Take a chance and join the registry. It is easy, non-invasive, and FREE. Click here and join the registry TODAY!

[i] NIH Medline Plus, “The National Marrow Donor Program and Be The Match Registry”



Recipient Update: Tom

We first met Tom in the summer of 2014. He was in the midst of treatment for AML and would need a curative bone marrow transplant. Tom’s story really hit home; we knew he was the perfect candidate to begin our journey helping folks battling this awful disease. We were blessed to join forces with several groups that obviously cared deeply for Tom. In five short weeks we worked to put together an event in his honor.

 

Tom, our very first recipient from “Tokens for Tom: Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show” shares a bit of his story.

I was first diagnosed with AML – Acute Myeloid Leukemia on Mother’s Day weekend 2014 (5/12/14) at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Later my case was transferred to Emory University Hospital, where I was diagnosed with MDS – Myelodysplasia Syndromes, which had mutated to AML, and three to four other blood and bone marrow mutations. My reaction was, “Is this a curable cancer, or not? What am I going to have to go through to be cured, and live a normal lifestyle? How long is this going to take?”

What did it mean for Kelsey’s Cure and your friends to host an event in your honor?

Unfortunately, I was in the hospital getting a round of chemotherapy when Kelsey’s Cure, the Wingmen Motorcycle Club, Mason’s Mt. Zion Lodge 316, and Soldiers of Truth Motorcycle Ministry put on a benefit for me. It really surprised me at the number of people that showed up: people that I had not seen since high school, brothers from out of town that came to support me from the Wingmen MC, the Soldiers of Truth MM, and the Mason’s, and just the motorcycle community in general.

All I can really say is that I am proud to have met Kelsey and the Soldiers of Truth MM.  I am very proud to be a member of the Wingmen MC and to be a Mason; all are great groups and have humbled me in everything they’ve done in my name.

How are you feeling?

I received my tranplant on April 17, 2015 at Emory University Hospital. I am feeling great. Luckily, I did not have any of the side effects that normally come with the chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant. I am up walking about 2 miles every morning. I have been coming to Gainesville hanging out some (with the permission of course).

A word from Tom

Let me tell you all something, you have to stay positive thru all of it. That’s the only way I survived this cancer. I make jokes about the cancer, talk about my bald head; whatever I have to do to stay up beat. Find a friend that has gone through cancer treatments, whether they had cancer or someone close to them had cancer; let them be your rock. Luckily, I have a dear friend who went through three to four cancer treatments with his dad. He kept me grounded and positive, and there is nothing I wouldn’t do in return for him or his family.

If you are having troubles staying upbeat and positive get the book by Stuart Scott, Every Day I Fight. It was helpful in taking my mind off what was going on with me, as I read what he went through. It made my treatments seem like a cake walk.

Between my fifth round of chemotherapy and my sixth round of chemotherapy I went to a party. I was having a blast because this was the first time I had been out since Mother’s Day 2014. A young lady came up to me bawling. “How can you be so joyful, festive, and tell jokes about your cancer, when you could be, or you are dying?” she said.  My response was simple:

First, I don’t give up. Second, my motorcycle club, the Mason’s, my church, my family:  none of them individually or collectively have given me permission to quit, or give up. If I give up that’s when I will die.
Remember, “It’s just cancer, and I AM going to beat it!”

 

 



Kelsey’s heart on health, nutrition, and lifestyle in the midst of cancer

“Current statistics indicate one in two people will have cancer at some point in their lifetime. Genetics play a small role, but environment, diet, lifestyle and emotions play a key role in prevention.” 

Cancer is a game-changer. One day you’re living your life one way and within a moment’s notice your entire world shifts. This was certainly true for me, a 22 year old nursing student who was occupied planning her “American dream”. Within 24 hours I went from my desk in the ER to a hospital bed on the cancer wing. Suddenly, all of my priorities changed.  My wedding was in 8 months, but now I was more concerned with losing my hair than with bridesmaid dresses.

In 2013 I relapsed. For the first time I truly feared death.  It was at this juncture in my cancer journey where something within me was awakened. I took  more ownership of my treatment and decided I was going to fight back in every way possible. I learned I had a unique role in my prognosis. I did not have to surrender to “statistics” or “patient outcomes”.

I began a journey of discovery.  What I learned changed the course of my life and my treatment.

It matters: what you eat, that is. Before I had cancer, my only concern regarding food was how it tasted and that it didn’t make me fat. (I’m being brutally honest here) I was mostly concerned with my waistline and made choices that followed: diet soda, low calorie and sugar free food, and anything that said “diet” were fair game. Somewhere in my journey of discovery God spoke to my conscience, “It matters” I heard. I began fervently (and pretty obsessively) researching food. What I found was both devastating and empowering. The foods I thought were keeping me slim likely played some role in my relapse. At the very least they weren’t preventing it.  How was I to know? The desire to know more empowered me. I continued the journey of discovery and radically changed my eating habits. Within days I’d removed soda, food dyes, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives from my pantry, vowing to keep them out of my home and out of my body for good.  As I researched I learned more and more about preventing and treating cancer through nutrition. Our nutrition is vitally important to our health. God created certain foods for us to eat, foods to help us THRIVE. To learn more about eating for health, download Dr. Mercola’s free ebook.*

 

The biggest battle is within my own mind. In the midst of treatment, or even as a survivor, those who’ve faced cancer struggle with thoughts of recurrence or death. Statistics and medical jargon are constantly on our minds. Prognoses, outcomes, and survival rates are discussed frequently. It’s hard to face mortality but it’s even harder with a negative mindset. Our minds our powerful tools to be used for or against us. Seth Godin was quoted saying, “Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.” As cancer enters a person’s life it is all too easy to succumb to negativity. I’ve learned one of the most valuable skills in recovery is to think positively. I personally lean on my faith as a source of hope, finding the truth and promises in scripture as my fortitude. In some moments we must remind ourselves second by second to think positively and not to dwell in the “what ifs”. Life is full of questions, but I’ve learned some things we aren’t meant to know.

Google is NOT your friend. Just forget it exists, ok? Never, ever, ever… EVER google your diagnosis. Some things you read may be true, but many may be false. How will you know the difference?  Plus, what are you to gain? Once we have things in our minds, we cannot erase them, and they are often used as a tool for doubt and despair. If you have serious questions, ask your doctor.  In my own experience I chose not to google and I believe it saved me from a great deal of negativity. I’m not suggesting you be purposefully naïve to your condition or treatment options. If you must research stick to reliable and regulated websites such as the National Institutes of Health.

I’m so thankful for this journey of discovery; one that I hope never ends.  Knowledge only becomes power when you put it to use.

 

Kelsey

 

Sources:

http://www.faim.org/cancer/

http://www.mercola.com/

http://www.nih.gov/

 

*Dr. Mercola has no affiliation with Kelsey’s Cure and receives no commission in connection with this blog post.



Kelsey’s Cure receives 501c3 non-profit designation

We are so excited to announce Kelsey’s Cure, Inc. is officially a 501c3 nonprofit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. It is with humble appreciation that we recognize Kelly Garmon and Georgia’s Own Credit Union for their tremendous efforts to acquire this designation. Without their dedication, the process would have been much more arduous. They’ve consistently supported and believed in our mission and have been INCREDIBLE corporate partners; better than we could ask.

What does this mean?

Donors/Sponsors: In a few words, it means all donations are tax deductible. 

Recipients: earning a non-profit designation allows us to raise more funds, thus helping more recipients. It also signifies our commitment to being charitable and our passion to help YOU first and foremost.

Supporters: you can confidently support Kelsey’s Cure knowing we are committed to our mission and adhere to specific by-laws that govern our Board of Directors.

 

I speak on the behalf of our first Board of Directors when I say WE ARE SO EXCITED and hopeful for what is to come. We believe wholeheartedly in KC’s mission to support those facing blood cancer or a bone marrow transplant. Again, thank you Kelly and Georgia’s Own Credit Union for setting a foundation on which we could grow and thrive!

 

Kelsey Trusty Bishop
President, Executive Director
Kelsey’s Cure, Inc.