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Kelley Bernard

Weight

180 lbs

Height

5' 7"

Age

32

Occupation

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Boxing gym

Nonantum Boxing Club
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Event Details

Raised

$2,669.97

Goal

$10,000

Why I box

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

I never liked the phrase “fighting a battle with cancer”. As a 15 year old with Leukemia, I felt that it limited me to two outcomes: I could win, or I could lose. That if I didn’t fight hard enough, the outcome was on me. During my 2+ year treatment, I faced long hospitalizations, social isolation, infections, and side effects that challenged my mind, my body, and my spirit every day. I also watched the emotional toll that it took on my parents, my four siblings, and all of those who loved me. In that time, I learned that the cancer wasn’t the battle. The reality of every day was. The battle against your mental health, to get nutrition into your body, to walk from your bed to the couch when you are too weak to stand, and the emotional toll of befriending fellow patients only to say goodbye to some just months later.

My own experience with cancer led me to a 9 year career as a Pediatric Oncology nurse, where every day I cared for children battling to go back to school, to get to prom, to their friends and to college. Beyond that, parents battling financial hardships from treatment costs, and siblings battling to spend time with each other. I’ve met so many children and families with an infinite will to live, who had overcome side effects and relapses and more hardship than anyone should have to face, only to succumb to their disease and be described as “losing”.

The truth is, Cancer is full of hundreds and thousands of battles that are faced by patients every minute of every day. This, all while maintaining hope that there is a treatment option that could bring a cure. It has touched everyone’s life in someway, whether it be your loved one, your coworker, your neighbor or your friend. I am fighting in Haymakers for Hope for those who faced cancer beside me, for the patients I care for today, and for anyone who’s life has been impacted by this horrible disease.

25 Donations Made

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27% of goal

$103.30

1 day ago

Name

Anthony Capalbo

Luvya Kerley, kick some _ss like always!

26% of goal

$51.80

4 days ago

Name

Abby & Al Pastyrnak

So proud of you!!

25% of goal

$51.80

4 days ago

Name

Matt Fiore

Well said Kelley! Kick some ass! - Courtney & Matt Fiore and the boys

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