Kellsie Marchbanks, a 2008 graduate of Collinsville High School, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (a rare bone cancer) at age 15. She was a member of the Collinsville High School Dance Team when she was diagnosed, and was told she would never dance again. Despite the obstacles she faced, Kellsie always maintained a “never give up” attitude. Although she could not participate in dance team during her treatments, she attended practices and supported the team whenever she was well enough. After a year of aggressive treatment was complete, she resumed her spot on the dance team and was recognized by the IDTA with a “Rising Star Award” and the team earned a first place trophy at the state competition. It was also during this time that Kellsie developed a passion for caring for others, especially kids facing cancer, and was inspired to become a nurse. Kellsie was a member of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) at Collinsville High School. She also volunteered for the Make a Wish Foundation, HIS Kids, and Friends of Kids with Cancer, giving back to organizations that had so generously given to her.
After graduation, Kellsie received an Associate’s degree in Nursing from SWIC and was accepted to the Goldfarb School of Nursing. She began her first semester of Nursing School, when the cancer returned. Kellsie lost her battle with this disease in June of 2011, just short of her 21st birthday.
To honor Kellsie’s memory and her dreams of becoming a nurse, The Marchbanks family, through the Kellsie’s Hope Foundation, has established a $500 Scholarship to be awarded annually, to a High School Senior whose goal is to become a nurse and exemplifies Kellsie’s giving spirit.