WE HIT OUR GOAL! That doesn't mean you can't still donate. It just means that 100% of your donations go to finding a cure for my disease.
Why should you help
Welcome to our site. Kelly Palmer is a Senior at LaSalle High School in Cincinnati. In July, 2012 his life changed. He was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis. It was determined that his body did not like food like most people. He no longer can have foods which contain dairy, eggs, soy, tomatoes, nuts or fish. Instead, he drinks medical formula each day, swallows a steroid, and takes other medications.
Can you imagine your life without pizza, fast food, birthday cakes, chocolate just to name a few items? Kelly and kids like him deal with this every day. There are some kids who are taken off all foods and recieve medical formula through a tube for food everyday.
The Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders says EE is a digestive system disorder in which eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, are found in above-normal amounts in one or more specific places in the digestive system and/or the blood.
When the body wants to attack a substance, such as an allergy-triggering food or airborne allergen, eosinophils respond by moving into the area and releasing a variety of toxins. But when the body produces too many eosinophils, they can cause chronic inflammation, resulting in tissue damage. Many EEs sufferers can only eat a handful of foods, as others cause the body to mistakenly send white blood cells to attack their GI tract.
There is no CURE for this disease so Kelly along with Terri Kersey have decided to Climb Kilimanjaro to raise awareness about his disease and to raise money for the CURED foundation which gives 100% of their donation back to research for this disease.
A disease does not have to define a person, the person has the choice to define themselves every day in their actions. Anything is possible! Even climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro!” Please help us reach our goal this year. Donate.
The Orphanage we will be working at while in Africa
7/28/2014- We are sorry we haven't posted for quite awhile. Kelly did make it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Terri made it to 19,000 feet which was the false summit. Both really enjoyed it. Terri however fell ill after the climb. It was not related to the climb but she is still in the hospital. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. We still plan to raise money and awareness for EE. We are going t split our efforts now, between CURED, NFP and the Eosinophilic Family Coalition. We need to raise money for research but have also found that the families dealing with this every day need support. As both have events in the area, we will let you know. Also, your krogering will still go to CURED.
7/10/2014- The team had a lot of fun working in the orphanage the past few days but today, they started their climb. They hiked through a rain forest and Kelly said they saw monkeys. They also made it to 10100 ft elevation today. Kelly said he had full cell service there. Kelly was nicknamed Bars because they say he keeps talking about how many bars he has on his phone. Charlie has been reportedly named "MacGyver" because he was able to fix something no one else could figure out. Tonight, is their first night sleeping on the mountain. Check our photo gallary. The team as well as K4 Adventures has been sharing pictures. Enjoy them.
7/8/2014- The team eat Pumkin soup and fried bananas at the hotel last night. This morning they were off to the orphanage. I've updated our site with a few more pictures. Enjoy
7/7/2014-2:13pm - Just got word from Kelly that he is there. I told him not to forget to send pictures so I can share them with you.
7/7/2014 1:15 pm - According to Delta the plane made it to Tanzania. They should be going through customs and then heading to their hotel. Here is a link to the WLWT story of Kelly and Terris departure. http://www.wlwt.com/news/Tri-State-man-to-climb-mountain-for-charity/26824246
7/7/2014- They all made it to Amsterdam overnight and are now on their way to Tanzania. They should arrive in Tanzania around noon today. Kelly and Terri had a delayed connection in Atlanta yesterday afternoon but it didn't affect the connection in Amsterdam. Everyone is so excited. One interesting thing is none of the kids brought their moms on their adventure. Charlie did bring his dad. Please keep Charlie, Macy, Kelly and all the adults in your prayers until they return on the 20th
7/6/2014- They should be over the ocean right now. They had a busy morning as they got everything together. At the airport they were sent off by Greg, Terri's husband, Kellys grandpa, his mom and Eric from WLWT. We heard that WLWT had Kellys story on the morning news! Thats exciting! If they post a video, we will add a link. Pictures of their departure are in our photo glaaery.
7/5/2014- Tomorrow at this time we will be on our way to Africa to climb the tallest free standing mountain in the world! We can't believe it is finally here. Kelly, Maci and Charlie are going to show the world that EE won't hold them back from anything! it is going to be an amazing tip. Watch this site for updates. We will have it updated as much as possible while we are over there. Also please continue to spread the word about our fundraising. Kelly is not done with his fundraising until they find a cure!
6/30/2014- We are a week away from Kelly and Terri leaving for Africa. They are getting so excited. They are packing and making all the final preparations. While they are in Africa, communication will be limited so we will update this blog as we get information. If you know someone that would like to donate, please guide them to this site.
4/21/2014- This is really happening! We are working on tickets now. We contacted the recommended travel agent but the cost of the tickets are very expensive which takes away from the money raised. We are trying to find a way to reduce the cost. If you know someone at delta or who might want to donate two tickets so more money can go to research let us know. We just want as much as we can to go to research because every dollar counts! We are also collecting our gear and working on the physical prep. Fitworks in White Oak gave Terri and Kelly free memberships while they prepare. Kelly meets with a trainer later today.
4/4/2014- We did it! We hit our goal of $17,500. Public House put us over the top! It doesn't show in crowdriser yet because checks need to clear but provided there are no issues with the checks we are ready to go. That doesn't mean that you can still donate to our cause. We still need donations so they can find a cure for this horrible disease. Just recently, we learned from a family with this disease, that their son was told that he needs a wheelchair. You ask what walking has to do with this disease. Thanks to research, they have determined that kids like Kelly also tend to have a Connective Tissue Disorder. So their joints are easy to dislocate and have a lot of pain. Many also have heart troubles related to the Connective Tissue Disorder. So that is why every dollar for research counts. Its not just about not being able to eat but also the ability to be like everyone else. Please continue to spread the word and donate!
3/31/2014- We are even closer now. We are less then $600 from the goal. Who is going to put us over the top? Is it going the guys from LaSalle on the 3rd? Is it going to be Public House? Or is it going to be someone who has yet to donated? I guess we will see soon. Please donate today!
3/26/2014- We are soooo close. Donation deadline is April 3. We need you to spread to the word and come to Public House this weekend from 11am-8pm.
3/24/2014- We are doing our last push before the deadline. We need everyone to help. We will be at Public House from 11am - 8pm and the owner is giving us 15% of all sales during those hours. Please come support us and bring your friends!
3/15/2014- We are on the home stretch. We had more checks come in this week that will show up on our totals next week. Kelly and Terri are at right about $15,000. Our time to get the other $2500 is very close. If you are going to donate, please do so as soon as possible. They have to reach $17,500 by the beginning of April. Pleasee consider helping them out.
3/6/2014- We hit $14,028 today! Our site doesn't show a check from the Kroger Rewards yet which put us over $14,000. We can't believe all the support we are getting. $2,000 in one week. $251 of this came from Mrs. Kersey's 5th grade class! They surprised her the other day. We are only $3,500 from reaching our goal. Please continue to spread the word and remember our fundraiser at Pot Belly this Tuesday from 5-8pm. We can't wait to see everyone!!!!
2/28/2014-We hit $12,000 today! We are so excited and can't wait to reach our goal! We still have money coming in that is not yet posted to the site so you will see the number move even more in the coming week. Please continue to spread the word! The goal is in site. Remember to join us at Pot Belly in Northgate on March 11 from 5-8. Also, some of the area Catholic High Schools are working on fundraisers for us. We will keep you posted on what these high school students do for our cause. The GCL schools are always supportive to the community.
2/18/2014- We need to thank all the Monday night bowlers at Stumps Lanes in Cincinnati. They donated $162 to the Climb! Thanks so much for your donation!
2/17/2014- Kelly got his required shots and medication for the trip today. We just need everyone to ask everyone they know to donate so they can go.
2/16/2014- We hit over $10,000 this weekend! We are on our way. We have a fundraiser scheduled for March 11 from 5-9 at Potbelly in Northgate. We will get 25% of all sales that night. Please come support us.
2/3/2014- It has been a while since we updated you last. We are moving ahead on fundraising. We reached $9,000 last week thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Jon Pfeiffer! We are at 52% of our goal. We need your help now. Please ask your employers, schools and friends to help us. We need to raise the other 49% by 3/31/2014. That is only 2 months! We can do it but not without everyones help. Many companies will do a match to your donation. Ask your company to help. Other news is that Kelly is looking at colleges. He has been accepted into the engineering programs at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Dayton. He was also accepted into Xavier Universities Physics program. He is looking at all his options. As soon as he decides, we will let you know. This just is another example of how kids with a disease can still do whatever they want if given a chance. Thank you for supporting us.
11/28/2013- Happy Thanksgiving. Please remember all the kids who can't enjoy the food you have today. Consider donating part of your Black Friday cash to find a CURE. Thank You for your support!
10/24/2013- Thank you to the St. Bernard School 2nd grade class for their recent donations to our cause. Without your help, we won't reach our goal. Also, please pray for Ira Feuerstein. He is the dad who came up with the climb idea. He recently had a blockage of the heart and needs prayers for a speedy recovery.
9/27/2013- We are less then $10,000 away from our goal. We want to send a special shout out to Public House who has recently made a $400 donation thanks to YOUR patronage! Scott, the owner, has also helped us in so many other ways. We need more people like Scott to step up and help us reach our goal! If you work for a business that can hold an in house fundraiser for us, let us know! thanks!!
9/13/2013- Someone asked us what Ehlers Danlos is. First there are multiple types. Kelly was told he definately has type III but they think he might have type IV because the family history of intestinal ruptures. His current symptoms include blacking out multiple times a week because of low blood amounts in his body, having pain when throwing and shoulders which can pop out of joint with ease. Many with type IV do not live past the age of forty because of a artery or intestinal
rupture. Joint dislocations are also common. Here is a link that gives you more information. www.ednf.org
9/13/2013- YEAH! We hit $7,000 thanks to everyone using their Kroger Rewards Card. Your use pushed us over. THANK YOU!! We still need your help. We have a long way to go! This week Kelly got diagnosed with another life time condition called Elhers Danlos. It's not going to stop him though. He is going to climb this mountain!! Please join us in helping him reach his goal!
8/29/2013- A family from St. Bernard Parish donated 2 tickets to the Bengals vs Steelers game on Sept. 17. we are selling them on ebay. Go to this link to bid on them. www.ebay.com/itm/130977873691
8/28/2013- Thank you to everyone who attended our fundraiser at Public House. We are over $1,000 closer to our goal.
7/31/2013- we only have 250 days left to reach our goal! it has to be raised by April. please do not wait to donate.
7/26/2013- Terri and Kelly took a break this week from preparing for their climb. Terri took a much needed vacation and Kelly was at th Pride of LaSalle band camp. Here is a trivia about their disease. Did you know that the Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders as the first of it's kind to bring experts together to work on these diseases? Way to go Cincinnati Childrens Hospital for letting it happen!
7/19/2013- Kelly goes to band camp Sunday. They continue to work hard toward their goal to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. The date for the first fundraiser has been set for August 17, 2013. It will be a great event to attend! Kelly and Terri can't wait to meet the people following the progress. They also ask that you consider walking for Childrens Hospital's walk in September. Kelly and Terri will be walking with EOS Avengers. Please join this important walk.
6/27/2013- Kelly, Terri and Grace hiked Ault Park today as part of their training. But the big news is Kelly got good news at the doctors. He got soy back. He had his first hamburger, fries and fried chicken since last July. The research Childrens is doing on the disease has made a huge difference in Kellys symptoms! Thank You Chi
drens Hospital, Cincinnati for all your work! Please consider donating to the climb so they can continue their work.
6/25/2013- Thanks to your patronage at Black Sheep Public House, we are just $14 from the $5,000 mark. That is great!!! Thank you! The question is who will put us over the $5000 mark? We can't wait to see who it will be! If it happens before our Wednesday call, we will mention it on the call!
6/19/2013- We will have an open team call in June. For information check out www.climbforee.org/june-2013-team-call/
A lot has went on since our last update. Terri and Kelly hiked Red River Gorge in May. You can see a picture in our Photo gallery.
Kelly had another scope in June because he was trying to live without medication. It came back showing a reaction. We are expecting that he will be put back on medication at his next doctors visit. He will be meeting with a Genetics doctor in September because it appears he has a hypermobility disorder as well.
On the fundraising front, although it doesn't show it on the donation page yet, thanks to Cheviot Savings Bank and the Kroger rewards cards, we are at $4938. Wow, thank you to everyone who has donated so far.
We would like to introduce our behind the scenes team. These ladies are our cheerleaders! They help us submit grant applications, set up the rewards cards, pass out information, etc. We could not do it without them. They are Terri's sister Rhonda and Kellys mom Teresa. See a picture of them at work in our Photo Gallery.
LaRosas is now supporting us. Order your buddy cards now. See our flyer for details: https://sites.google.com/site/kellyforee/home/events-and-flyers
This has been an eventful week for the team.
Terri and Kelly started it off by meeting Charlie and his mom. Charlie is a 10 year old boy from North Carolina who has Kelly's disease and will be making the climb in July 2014. The team tried to eat at Fridays but that was going to happen. When they were seated, they found out that Fridays sprays their grills with Soy. The team contacted Longhorn in West Chester and they were able to accomidate the diet restrictions. Thank You Longhorn. The group got to know each other and made plans to see each other again in 3 months when Charlie comes in for another scope. Charlie and his mom were great!!
Also this week, Kelly got the results of his biopsies. They were not totally clean which means that the wheat is probably affecting him. The doctors and Kelly decided to still try to remove the steroids and anti acid to see what would happen. The doctors expect that Kelly will have another flare up of the disease. We will have to wait and see.
We would also like to Thank St. Bernard Parish for putting information about the climb in the bulletin this week.
We will be selling LaRosas Buddy cards for $10 each soon. Watch our site to see how you can order one.
Kelly and Terri will be hiking the Red River Gorge on May 4 with the Miami Rivers Chapter of the Buckeye Trail Association. Also, Kelly met with St, Johns Westminster staff yesterday to thank them for their contribution. He also talked about the orphanage the climbers will be working at while they are in Africa. And if you didn't notice, we were in the Western Hills Press again. The Enquirer is doing a great job supporting the climb!!!
Kelly's scope showed that his esophagus looked good. Now we wait for the biopsies to see if it was truly good.
Tuesday Kelly goes in for an endoscopy to determine how his body is reacting to the change in diet and medications. While he is in there the research team at Childrens is going to do additional testing as they try to find a different way to test the status of the disease. Money donated to CURED helps this research to continue.
Be on the look out for the Catholic Telegraph this week! Our article will be in there.
Thank you to Scott- owner of The Black Sheep Public House in Cheviot- for generously offering 15% of every patrons bill who brings in the flyer and gives it to their server. Go as many times as you wish. He is honoring this until April 2014!
THANK YOU KROGER! Krogers in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky are supporting our climb. You just need to register your rewards card online and choose CURED - ClimbforEOE to support us. Kroger will give us a percentage of your purchase. See our Events and Flyers tab for more details.
Signup at IGIVE and choose CURED-ClimbforEE as your charity. IGIVE will send us a portion of your purchase each time you shop online. You choose from 100's of merchants. Here is a the link to sign up. http://www.igive.com//Cg9EPCX
We are meeting Patty with the Catholic Telegraph for an interview! Be on the look out!
The Cincinnati Team is looking for a place to workout. Terri and Kelly need to work on their abs, butt and legs. If you can help them out with some free gym time, please email email@example.com.
We met with The Black Sheep Public House's owner Scott tonight. He wants to help us reach out goal, so he is generously donating 15% of your total bill to our Climb for EE from now until April 2014. We are in progress of making card-like flyers for distribution as well as adding a link on this site in which you can print and bring in to your server. The Black Sheep has truly amazing food and a variety of beverages~you just have to experience it! It will become one of your favorite places to relax and eat while helping a great cause! Tell your friends! It is on the coner of North Bend and Harrison Avenue. Watch back here for the link to print out your coupon to bring in to your server!
The Cincinnati Team was recently featured in an article by the Northwest Press. http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20130224/NEWS01/302240035/Climbing-cure
Donate to Cincinnati team at Donate for Kelly or Donate to Terri. Be sure to mention that you are supporting the Cincinnati Team with your donation.