Kellsie Marchbanks was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (a rare bone cancer) at age 15. Her time spent in treatment, along with the care and compassion shown to her by her medical team, inspired Kellsie to become a Pediatric Oncology Nurse. The family like relationship she had with her care team, from her initial diagnosis, through relapses, and up until the time she lost her battle with cancer, created a strong desire for her to care for children going through cancer treatments.
Kellsie's path to nursing
Kellsie received an associate’s degree in nursing from Southwestern Illinois College. She was then accepted to the Goldfarb School of Nursing where she began her first semester of nursing school when the cancer returned. To honor Kellsie’s memory and her dreams of becoming a nurse, Kellsie’s Hope Foundation has established four scholarships to be awarded annually to individuals whose goal is to become a nurse or to advance their degree, and exemplifies Kellsie’s compassion and giving spirit.