2011 – Letter to Possible Sponsors

Thank you for your interest in the Kerri Castello Cancer Research Foundation (KCCRF).  This foundation was started in memory of my daughter, Kerri.  Kerri was an active sixteen year old teenager who enjoyed playing basketball and tennis at her school, UMS-Wright Preparatory School in Mobile, Alabama.  Her arm began hurting during the basketball season and a trip to the local orthopedic doctor confirmed my worst nightmare, she had cancer and needed to be treated by a pediatric oncologist and surgeon.  We soon arrived at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. When we arrived, Kerri called the hospital her “beacon of hope”.

Kerri’s hope of survival faded; she died on April 30, 2002.  Her hope of a cure did not.  She left our family with a dream of finding a cure for cancer so that others would not have to suffer the way she and our family had.

After five years of healing and trying to make sense of our loss of Kerri, our family decided we should begin a tennis tournament in her name.  In the first year this tournament raised over $80,000, which was sent to St. Jude.  We soon decided we should set up a foundation in her memory and this is how the KCCRF began.  To date we have raised over $500,000 for cancer research.

After reviewing our goals of keeping Kerri’s dream alive, the foundation committee decided to add the Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI), in Mobile, AL as a beneficiary of the KCCRF. The MCI opened their doors in 2008 and is a part of the University of South Alabama School of Medicine.  Their patient care allows families to be closer to family while undergoing treatment.  This was another of Kerri’s dreams, to be closer to family and friends while enduring her painful treatments.  We look forward to many years of joining MCI as they continue to grow.  An interesting fact is that Kerri donated her body to science through the USA Medical School, so the research with this prestigious university continues in Kerri’s memory.

Please join us in continuing to keep Kerri’s dream alive by joining us with your support. Sponsorship information can be found on our website, but any amount is greatly appreciated.  If I can answer any questions, please feel free to contact me at 251-716-8973, or at [email protected]

Sincerely,

Lora Castello

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