Kellsie Marchbanks, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (a rare bone cancer) at age 15. Her time spent in treatment at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo, along with the care and compassion shown to her by her medical team inspired Kellsie to become a Pediatric Oncology Nurse. The team involved in her care from the initial diagnosis, through her relapses, and ultimately to the time she lost her battle with cancer, became her hospital family. The relationship she had with her team created a strong desire use her experiences as a pat to care for children going through cancer treatments.
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.
To honor Kellsie’s memory and her dreams of becoming a nurse, the Kellsie’s Hope Foundation has established one $500 scholarship and three $1000 scholarships to be awarded annually to someone whose goal is to become a nurse or wants to advance their degree and exemplifies Kellsie’s compassion and giving spirit.
A $1000 Scholarship to be awarded annually to anyone pursuing a nursing degree.
A $1000 Scholarship to be awarded annually to a pediatric oncology nurse who wants to advance their degree or attend an accredited conference or workshop.
A $1000 Scholarship to be awarded annually to a pediatric oncology nurse at Children’s Hospital who wants to advance their degree or attend an accredited conference or workshop.