Later that month, Kelly suffered a relapse of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia(ALL) shortly before her 12th birthday.
Brittany wasn't expected to ever make it out of the hospital, wasn't expected to see her 16th birthday.
I spoke at a Team in Training information meeting the day before Kelly turned 12 with my heart breaking as I didn't know if she would have any more birthdays.
Two young lives whose lives and their families turned upside down.
Both determined, both fighters, courageous, inspirational, loving, kind, gentle...
Kelly and Sarah at graduation
Nine years later, Brittany still lives with the pain, shock and fear of that day.
Tonight Sue, Laura, Brittany and I will go to a Team in Training event to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.
Brittany is the team hero for the Rocky Mountain Chapter just as Kelly was.
Brittany creates the possibility in her life of a world without blood cancer. A world where no one has to hear the words, "you have cancer".
We fight on to honor Kelly's life and to make a stand for everyone that is touched by this disease.