Kelly was my first born and she was born on new years eve. Our family was very excited she was the first grandchild for my mom and dad. She was a good baby, just a great easy going baby. I used to call her moose cause she is rough and tough.
BUT SOON LIFE FOR THE DOLAN FAMILY WOULD BE FOREVER CHANGED.
One morning, I went to get her out of her crib and when I looked at her she didn’t look pale like my mother said she looked and she didn’t look fair the way I’ve been saying she looked . She had a gray hue about her. I just got a weird feeling.
KELLY ANNE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH APLASTIC ANEMIA. INSTEAD OF THE SPENDING TIME *ON* A PLAYGROUND. SHE SPENT TIME *IN* A HOSPITAL ISOLATION ROOM. UNTIL THINGS GOT MUCH WORSE.
Kelly’s condition changed after 5 years it involved into a very rare form of leukemia in the summer of 1976 she was 6 ½ at that time and my husband and I had to sit in a conference room on the 9th floor of children’s hospital with a team of doctors, nurses and a social worker to hear them tell us that this rare form of leukemia was going to take her life within a matter of 3 months.
THE DOCTORS WERE RIGHT… KELLY ANNE LOST HER BATTLE JUST A FEW MONTHS LATE. BUT THROUGH IT ALL. PEGGY ALWAYS CONSIDERED HERSELF LUCKY.
I was lucky number one that I wasn’t single that I had a husband, that we had my parents to count on, that we had insurance. That we have money to buy the kids gifts or money to keep our life still on an even keel.
BUT WHAT JOE AND PEGGY LEARNED DURING KELLY ANNE’S ILLNESS WAS THERE WERE FAR TOO MANY FAMILIES WHO WEREN’T LUCKY. WHO WEREN’T ABLE TO BE BY THEIR CHILD’S SIDE 24/7. TOO MANY WHO LOST THEIR JOBS. TOO MANY WHO GOT BEHIND ON BILLS. TOO MANY IN NEED OF SUPPPORT. FOR THE DOLAN’S IT BECAME THEIR MISSION TO TRY TO TURN THOSE TOO MANY INTO A FEW.
We felt the need to setup the fund because back in 1976 there wasn’t anything established to help family financially through this awful crisis period . We also felt it necessary to give back,
AND GIVE BACK THEY HAVE. FOR OVER 40 YEARS THE KELLY ANNE DOLAN MEMORIAL FUND HAS HELPED OVER 27,000 FAMILIES. FAMILIES IN DESPERATE NEED OF HELP.
A lot of our families are in crisis. They’re worried about paying their bills. How are they going to make up some hours at work and what we really try to do it is help them so that they can focus on the child. Maybe on their other siblings and really you know spend their quality time that they have with the child, thinking about the child and not as worried about paying, how am i going to pay the electric bill this month?
THINK ABOUT THAT, ONE ELECTRIC BILL. MOST WOULDN’T THINK TWICE ABOUT IT, BUT FOR A FAMILY WITH A SERIOUSLY ILL CHILD, ONE SIMPLE UNPAID BILL COULD MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. AND WHETHER IT’S A BILL, A REFERRA, A VENTILATOR, SPECIAL ADAPTATIVE EQUIPMENT OR EVEN A CAR TO HELP THEM GET TO THEIR CHILD’S DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS.
THE DOLAN FUND STRIVES TO GIVE THESE FAMILIES HOPE *AND* A LITTE BREATHING ROOM
IT HAS GIVEN US THAT CHANCE TO CATCH UP AND NOT BE STRESSED ABOUT THE BILLS AND THE MONEY WE WEREN’T GETTING PAID AND WE’VE BEEN REALLY STRESSED ABOUT IT SO IT HAS REALLY HELPED US IN THAT WAY AND LET US BE ABLE TO HELP HER IN ANY WAY WE CAN.
SHE’S BEEN HELPING FAMILIES FOR 40 YEARS!! BUT WHEN PEGGY HEARD PEOPLE CALLED HER A LIFE LINE, WELL JUST WATCH
They are wrong, ya know. I’m a messenger. I’m the messenger and if a life line is a messenger than they are right. But I’m a messenger and I get other people involved and I create that life line of help for people who need it.
PEGGY.. YOU ARE A LIFELINE. YOU ARE A MESSENGER. YOU ARE A STORY TELLER. WE WANT TO THANK *YOU* FOR BEING ABLE TO TURN A TRAGEDY INTO A MISSION AND BY THAT HELPING SO MANY FAMILIES. SO, TONIGHT WE GIVE YOU THE LAST WORD..
I can sum up gratitude for so many people that have made this fund what it is and there have been many over the past 40 years, the volunteers whether they are little kids whether they are adults whether they are in clubs people in businesses all of our different programs that we have for the families. I can sum it up with a quote of the Reverend Robert Schuller that I found years ago and it's so true that goes like this “the giving never moves in a straight line but always moves in circles. “
The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund
Help & hope for families with seriously ill children, since 1976