Since launching Kelsey’s Promise on the first anniversary of Kelsey’s passing, July 8, 2018, our foundation has achieved great success, raising $80,000 in just eight months!
The tremendous support we received enabled Albany Med to make the decision to add a social worker to focus exclusively on pediatric brain tumor patients to their staff. This year, we hope to exceed our own expectations and ensure that brain tumor patients will continue to have that essential, additional support.
Kelsey’s Promise Mission
We, with our family and friends, have created Kelsey’s Promise. Our mission is to support initiatives for the betterment of The Melodies Center, its patients, families, and staff. Our primary goals as we begin this endeavor will be to raise funds to add a social worker specific to pediatric brain tumor patients and, most importantly, honor Kelsey’s memory and her passion for making a difference, no matter how small, in a way that would make her proud of us as we were so incredibly proud of her.
Kelsey Rebecca Kittleson was an exceptional girl who made us so very proud. Before her diagnosis, she was a high honors student, an athlete, the lead in her school musicals, a musician playing piano and cello, and a gifted soprano singer who was invited to sing in the St. John’s Collegium Choir. She was funny, goofy, and loved 80’s movies, The Big Bang Theory, and classic bands like Journey and Queen. What impressed us most was her desire, starting at a young age, to find ways to make a difference for others.
As she started to come into her own, she would find causes that needed her help and then developed her own plan to make a difference. For her 13th birthday, she created a donation drive for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society that filled an entire SUV full of items. In her 8th grade year she sketched out a tutoring concept for fellow middle school students, met with her principal for approval, recruited friends to help, and got her plan up and running.