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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: To make life a little brighter for children with cancer and children in need, through community involvement. Kelsey was an inspiration to everyone who met her. She truly appreciated the never ending support of her family, friends, classmates, school, community and church. Kelsey always wanted to give to others. We are striving to honor Kelsey and her all-too-short life by carrying it forward and fulfilling her dream through Kelsey’s Dream.

Results: Kelsey's Dream has helped bring smiles to many children with cancer and children in need through the various programs we take part in and organize.

Programs: The Snack Pack Program was created for the Pediatric Cancer Patients, visiting Foss 3, at Geisinger. These children are usually on steroids which makes them very hungry. Appointments usually consist of lab work and chemotherapy, which usually take a full day. This makes for a very long day, with no vending machines, nearby. The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program is a favorite holiday tradition! Annually, Kelsey and Kylie enjoyed sponsoring up to 6 children, at Christmas time. We want to continue the tradition of Helping Children in Need, through Kelsey’s Dream. Angel Tree provides holiday assistance to needy children in the form of brand new toys and clothing each year. In 1983, the Danville Ronald McDonald House initiated Camp Dost. It was the first summer camp in Pennsylvania for children stricken with cancer. Camp Dost was founded on the philosophy that every child deserves the chance to experience the challenges and rewards of summer camp. As the first camp for children with cancer in the state of Pennsylvania, Camp Dost has become a model for cancer camps across the country. Every year we provide around 100 handmade blankets to Camp Dost. These blankets were donated to Camp Dost, to distribute to each camper. Camp Dost is a Pediatric Children’s Cancer Camp held in Millville, PA at Camp Victory, in July. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) was established in 1988 and is a time in the year when we come together to focus the world's attention on what young people are contributing every single day. During Global Youth Service Day, millions of youth around the world organize community service projects to address the needs of their local communities through service, to be recognized for their contributions, and to be a part of a global youth service movement. GYSD is the largest service event held during a weekend every April in over 100 countries in every region of the world. 'Kelsey's Dream', an all volunteer organization, organized the event. "Our volunteers know the value of community service. The Mifflinburg area is comprised of a lot of great, ambitious youth that really stepped up and ran with the idea of giving back to their community" said Tina Kuhns, CEO and Volunteer for 'Kelsey's Dream'. "If you wondered where tomorrow's heros will come from, a good place to start is with the leader of today." Kelsey's Dream works with the Bone Marrow Transplant team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and created a program, "Happy Transplant Day," for the children receiving a Bone Marrow Transplant. Kelsey's Dream participates to "Make a Difference" Day, by holding a winter clothing drive. We distributed winter coats, hats, gloves and other winter clothing to bundle up local children in need. “Kelsey’s Playground” is located behind the intermediate school. The school now has a series of climbing walls and a toss up that would be the envy of any community. Thank you to the local Boy Scout troop for their help in placing a whole tractor trailer load of wood fiber (mulch), under the playground. For those who were involved with the project, it was a labor of love, a way to keep Kelsey’s memory alive. We hope that the playground is more than just a place where people come to play. We want them to remember Kelsey, keep her in their heart and keep her spirit alive like we are trying to do with this project.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kelsey's Dream is just an all around amazing nonprofit! Helping children and families who have been diagnosed with cancer by giving love and support is inspirational.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kelsey's Dream changes lives in our community by creating a love of service and an opportunity to volunteer at all ages. The annual Kelsey's Fall Festival spotlights their love for helping the world around them. The Kuhns family never stops amazing me as this organization continues to grow and develop every single year.

Linda193

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kelsey's Dream is truly a wonderful nonprofit organization. Helping children that have cancer by making there treatments a little less unbearable. This group of volunteers are always in some form or another raising money to meet this goal. I have volunteered since 2009 at Kelsey's Festival. This carnival like day is geared toward the kids. Hay rides, face painting, bird house making, games, and rides are just a few things the kids can do on this day of fun. I believe what I enjoy most about this day is the pure laughter that is heard.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a classmate of Kelsey's and have been a volunteer for Kelsey's Dream for many years. I also served as an intern for Kelsey's Dream recently. It's amazing to witness the extraordinary impact this organization has on our community and the people who are benefiting from it.

Brenda36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Kelsey's Dream since it started. It is so rewarding to be involved with an organization that has touched so many lives.... It is amazing to see the outpour of love and dedication that has extended beyond our local community. Many children have benefited from the efforts of this organization and Kylie, Tina, and Lynn have to be thrilled to see Kelsey's legacy live on. One experience of many that I want to share is when we went Christmas caroling at the Janet Weis Children's Hospital at Geisinger in Danville. To be able to see the children smile when we would sing to them and see them actually enjoying the snacks provided by Kelsey's Dream was very emotional. I love Kelsey's Dream!

Alicia17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved with Kelsey's Dream summer 2012. As an intern, I helped organize the Fall Festival. From the moment i started the experience was more than i could have expected. The founders treat every volunteer as if they are equally important as themselves. They value the help the community gives and it shows in the work they do. They make a huge difference in children's lives and make their days a little brighter. The Fall Festival event was so much bigger then i ever expected after the all the months i helped planned. I could not believe that Kelsey's Dream brought such a large crowd to the event. I was very impressed with the events that they are involved with and how successful and enjoyable they are for everyone involved.

Julie104

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow! This is a story everyone should hear! This a story about carrying on the dream of a little girl who was taken from us far too young. This is the story of a family who turned a tragedy into a triumphant legacy! This is a story that shows that in the midst of your pain you can choose to give to others, to make a difference. Kelsey's Dream was born from the imagination of a sister who lost her best friend. Kylie is an amazing young lady who every time I open the paper or hop on facebook I see another way that this organization is touching lives! I had the privilege as a freelance reporter to cover a story on Kelsey's Dream. So many volunteers, so many hands working together to create something great. Something lasting. Something awesome! As I interviewed Kylie I found a warrior in the body of a teenager. I found a young lady so filled with compassion, so driven by her sister's journey, so determined to reach out to children who are undergoing the same treatments as Kelsey, and simply make an impact. Well, there is nothing simple about it! This takes time, committment, courage, and a never-ending motivation to change the world one child at a time! Because of Kelsey's Dream, I believe a community has been inspired and that community is now growing to a national community. I don't believe this family could have honored their daughter/sister in a better way! Kelsey lives on because her sister and her parents found a way to keep her alive!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Kelsey's Dream since it started in 2007. What differentiates it from other organizations is the sense of community it has created in our town and neighboring areas since it was founded. The feeling volunteers take away from helping out at a Kelsey's Dream event is really the most rewarding part. Seeing as how the number of volunteers has grown immensely since 2007 and continues to grow each month, it is evident that people want to get involved and be a part of this life-changing nonprofit. Having volunteered in many of these events, I understand why my community feels this way, and hope to stay involved as it continues to grow and branch out to help many more children in need, fulfilling the mission behind Kelsey's dream.

Thad B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a member of Kelsey's dream from it's inception it is very exciting and rewarding to be able to volunteer and participate with an organization that is really a "grass roots" organization. The Kuhns Family "i.e." Tina, Lynn and Kylie work tirelessly to make sure this organization runs smooth and continues to grow and expand. I'm sure that countless people that they have helped thus far are greatly appreciative to have such a selfless non-profit organization such as Kelsey's dream helping them in their time of need. I look forward to watching and helping this organization grow and continue to help others in need.

Cindie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has been involved with Kelsey's Dream for several years now. It has been a great experience not only for myself but for all three of my children as well. It has reminded us how lucky we are to have the blessings we have. It has also taught my kids the joy of helping others, even if you don't know them. I am very proud of the way our community joins together over and over again to support such a wonderful group. Attending the yearly festival is a great way to warm your heart and see so many volunteers working together and having fun for such a great cause. Thanks so much for allowing us to be a part of what you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Kelsey's dream for quite a few years now, including being volunteer of the year during 2012. Kelsey's dream had given me experiences that I will never be able to forget. I learned how just doing the smallest acts can brighten some people's days. Also, I learn that there are people out there that have it way worse than i do. By helping it was kind of a reality check for me. I had the opportunity to meet one of the special little girls that the origination helps, Michael. It is an all around wonderful organization. All the volunteers are absolutely wonderful to work with, and Lynn, Tina and Kylie are great as well.

Sojiah N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this Organisation. They help in so many ways for all the kids of the hospital. They do their best to make stays more fun, and less scary for the kids. The snack program is an awesome thing too! kids are able to choose from a variety of snacks to enjoy during their visit. Such a great bunch of people, and a blessing to many!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I knew Kelsey and have been involved since the start. Kelsey's Dream is truly a phenomenal organization not only to witness but to partake in. Not only a life changer to many whether on the giving or receiving end, but an experience to remember for the rest of my life. Truly wonderful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I intern for Kelsey's Dream, and it's an amazing organization. The people are not only the kindest, most generous, down to earth people but they are so much fun to be around. Being a part of the Kelsey's Dream team is an extremely rewarding experience-- organizations don't get any better than this!

Amie K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Kelsey's Dream! What an amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Kelsey's Dream a year and a half ago as an intern from Bucknell University. I can honestly say I have never been part of a more wonderful or dedicated organization. Being able to work with Tina and Kylie has been the most amazing experience I could have asked of an internship. Their entire family works endlessly to help children with cancer and children in need. The work they do for children is above and beyond any organization I have ever worked with in the past and am so grateful I am able to help in any small way I can.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been in contact with Kelsey's Dream for a few years now and every one of those years have been awesome! Lynn, Tina and Kylie are a wonderful family and they have great people who work with them to see Kelsey's Dream come to fulfillment. They have helped our family personally at Christmas the past few years and through a special hunt with our daughter Michaela and through their snack program at the hospital which we have personally seen so many other children benefit from that wonderful snack box. They are all great people who desire to help as many as they can with as much as they can! We LOVE Kelsey's Dream!

Jamie38

Donor

Rating: 5

I am ashamed to say, I don't know half of what Kelsey's Dream does. I had bought Chemo Ducks a few years ago. I was emotionally overwhelmed thinking of kids being able to have a "duck" to help them understand what was going happen. Kylie is one special sister to build this "Dream" in Kelsey's memory to help others going through treatments and their families. They also collect "tabs" from cans to recycle for cash for the "dream".

Brenda V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great cause to remember such a wonderful little girl, and all her family and friends do to help others. This is one of the best non profit groups there is. Her wonderful sister Kylie has such a Great big heart. She has been seen on Rachel Ray. Please help support Kelseys Dream so they can help others.

Nicole53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kelsey's Dream is an amazing organization. What I most like about them is that they actively pursue the role of young people participating in their efforts. Kelsey's Dream is very community focused and they provide countless avenues for people of ALL ages to make a difference. Kelsey's Dream started because a strong, sweet little girl had a huge heart...that heart continues to beat in our community, and communities beyond because of excellent and caring leadership. They are well organized, focused and friendly. The are truly a "dream team."

Tammy36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have gotten to know the family and people who run this organization and they are fabulous! What all they do all year long to help other children and families is amazing! They provide help any way they can to help make childrens lives a little better while they receive treatments for there sicknesses. I am amazed with how much work they do everyday to help other families and children. They are continuously having benifits to raise money all year long. There are so many hours that go into this organiztion to help others. I am so lucky to have gotten to know these folks and learn what they do.

April25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kelsey's Dream is and always will be a SHINING STAR organization! Theirs is a truly inspirational story of turning tragedy, sadness, and grief into hope, happiness, and cheer for others in need. There is nothing too big or small for them. Everyone participating in events, fundraisers, and the like are always cheerful, loving, compassionate, and genuinely caring for the ones they are helping. It is an honor to know them, support them through fundraising, prayers, words of encouragement, helping to spread the word of their events, and love them as community members.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kelsey's dream is amazing they raise money to give people in the hospital a snack because the chemotherapy is so long they do lots more then that but I just wanted to say that because when I go to the hospital I always look forward to getting a snack