Carnival at Red Bank Catholic Saturday to Help Kids
Ashleigh Kennedy is a science teacher at Red Bank Catholic High School and runs the RBC "Making Wishes Come True" club to help children who are sick have their dreams fulfilled.
The benefit Carnival on Saturday, June 3rd, runs from 9 am - 3 pm in the St. James Church Parking Lot in Red Bank.
The fundraising club was started in 2010 when Ms. Kennedy's daughter Kasey was diagnosed with a serious medical condition and was approached by the Make a Wish Foundation of NJ to have a wish granted.
But Kasey, who was 4 years old at the time, chose NOT to take her wish, but rather to raise money to grant wishes for other children battling as she was. In 2013 Kasey underwent brain surgery and aggressive treatments. The students at RBC wanted to help her fulfill her wish so they started an annual carnival.
Now, 6 years later, the carnival is still growing. And this year they have chosen a local wish-granting organization to receive the funds they raise. The students and Kasey felt that this smaller organization which focuses on local children needed the funds more than a larger organization would have.
The students' goal is to raise $15,000 to grant wishes through Jason's Dreams for Kids Inc. All proceeds from the carnival will go directly to this non profit.
Kasey is doing well now, but still has some medical issues due to the treatments she received following her surgery, but, other than that, her mom says "We have our little girl back!"
Ms. Kennedy's says that Kasey and her students work so hard all year long trying to choose the wishes they would like to grant. This year they couldn't choose between 3 local children, so they are actually hoping to raise enough to make all three 'dreams' come true.
Ms. Kennedy's club also visited Disney recently to volunteer at their "Give Kids the World" Village where all wish children and their families stay. The trip was a life-changing experience and inspiring to achieve their own fundraising goals with this carnival.
You must be very proud of your students, Ms. Kennedy!