Two years ago, when we started out, we were selling cupcakes for $1 each in a parking lot and we didn't have money to pay for a face painter at the first Challenge. Then, on Friday night, we got to stand in front of hundreds of people at the glittering Rittenhouse Hotel and share the news of a Leukodystrophy Center of Excellence at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. We introduced people to the amazing children who prove miracles are possible for this disease. Our supporters now include Thermo Fisher, Goodman Properties, Wawa, Wells Fargo, UTRS, Dreifuss Fireplaces, CBS Radio, Giant Supermarkets, The Vetri Foundation and The Philadelphia Eagles. Our guests for the evening included ESPN personalities and two NFL Hall of Famers.
Thank you for everything our friends and partners have made possible. Thank you for being inspired by Cal and children like her.
|Jill, Erin, Camryn and Jim Kelly|
|Our great volunteers Lisa Sonnenborn, Liz Scott, Mary-Ellen Schlaak, Jamie Amen and Gina Pinotti.|
|Jim and Jill Kelly with members of the Vivian family.|
|Jim Kelly clowning around with our junior volunteers Will Schlaak, Ella Fox, Hugh Shields and PJ Carr.|
|Jill Kelly presents the Kelly Tough Inspiration Awards.|
|We raised over $7000 with Jim Kelly giving guests the once-in-a-lifetime chance to catch a football.|
|Ella Vivian with her mom Becky on left and friend.|
|Recipients of the first Kelly Tough Inspriation Award, the Daniels Family.|
|Co-founder of the Calliope Joy Foundation, Pat Carr, with Susan, Daniel and Daniel "Little D" Sullivan.|
|ESPN's Sal Paolantonio kicking off the night as our master of ceremonies.|
|Dr. Brenda Banwell and Dr. Amy Waldman announce the launch of the Leukodystrophy Center of Excellence.|
|Jim Kelly greets Zach, who has Krabbe disease leukodystrophy and received a cord blood transplant, at the Every Step Walk Philadelphia.|