Averill Park kids raise $8,600 to keep friend's memory alive

June 03, 2019 09:32 PM

AVERILL PARK - Students in Averill Park who've worked all year to keep a friend's memory alive celebrated their efforts in an unusual way - with a shave.

Teacher Chris Blais told students if they could raise $5,000 for Kelsey's Promise Foundation, he'd shave his beard. They raised $8,600, so he shaved his whole head.

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The students worked all year to raise money in memory of former classmate Kelsey Kittleson - who died in 2017 after battling brain cancer.

The money will help The Melodies Center at Albany Medical Center pay for a social worker who can work with children battling brain tumors.

Before she passed, Kelsey had been selected as one of our "13 Kids Who Care."

Despite her own battle with cancer, she tried to help other kids at The Melodies Center by making them bracelets and reminding them they're not alone.

Hear reaction from Kelsey's mother by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.

MORE INFORMATION: Kelsey's Promise


Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff

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