Around Thanksgiving, Professor Pam Kelley’s daughter Sabrina, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was just six weeks old, came down with a virus at the University of Alabama. Since then, the 19-year-old first-year college student has been fighting for her life at Children’s Hospital Boston. Knowing how difficult this is for the Kelley family, students and faculty colleagues of Professor Kelley rallied to organize a concert in Alumni Hall recently in support of Sabrina and her family.
At the well-attended concert on Sunday, March 29, Stonehill groups, including Surround Sound, Girls from the Hill and Ruckus, all performed. Headlining the event was the Boston-based band Dan and the Wildfire, which debuted songs from their new album “Bull Moose.” In the build up to the concert, students and faculty also held a bake sale in the Roche Dining Commons which raised an additional $500.
“Our main goal with the benefit concert wasn’t to raise funds but rather be a display of support for the Kelley family and to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis,” said Criminology Professor Kathleen Currul-Dykeman, who along with Professor Margaret Boyd and students Nick Chiocco ’16 and Kate Robertello ’15, was instrumental in the success of the concert, which raised close to $3,000.
“It was truly a community-wide effort,” Currul-Dykeman noted as Noelle Preston from the Martin Institute, Michael Pietrowski from Media Technology Services, and many others provided assistance.
While Pam, along with her husband Brian, stayed at Sabrina’s side at Children’s Hospital, she sent words of appreciation, which were read at the concert.
“You are supporting an extraordinary young lady who has bravely lived with Cystic Fibrosis for 19 years and who is still fighting to take back her life from this horrible disease. In addition to that, you support me personally with your never-ending kindness, thoughtful words of comfort, and continuing prayers. You are a huge part of my support system and I will be forever grateful for my wonderful extended family of students and colleagues who I am fortunate enough to work with every day and call my friends. Thank you again for this incredible event,” said Professor Kelley.
Sabrina continues to face an uphill battle after suffering several set-backs, including multiple infections and a stroke after receiving a lung and liver transplant.
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