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Stephanie's Heroes: Kelley Kassay/Ishan Gala Foundation

August 6, 2012

One local mother is remembering her son, after losing his battle with a childhood cancer in 2011. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes Kelley Kassay and the Ishan Gala Foundation are raising awareness and money to find a cure for Neuroblastoma with their annual event "Splash for a Cure.''

This pool at ACAC’s waterpark will soon be pack for “Splash for a Cure.” It is a fun day in the water that’s all about raising awareness about Neuroblastoma. Proceeds from the event will go toward research and families battling the disease.

“These children fully rely on people like us,” said Kelley, Kassay, Splash for a Cure, Board Member.

Kelley Kassay knows just how devastating this type of childhood cancer can be. She lost her 11-year-old son Mason Thomas to Neuroblastoma in the summer of 2011.

“He was very funny. He was strong. He was the encourager,” said Kassay.

In fact, Mason had attended previous “Splash” events encouraging people to support the Ishan Gala Foundation which supports and raises money for children and families impacted by the pediatric cancer.

“He not only wanted to find a cure for himself, but for every other child he's been affected by,” said Kassay.

With this event, Kassay is trying to get the word out that cancer can strike any family.

“I think the biggest message that needs to be put out there is cancer doesn't discriminate. Pediatric cancer does not discriminate. If you haven't been affected by it you can consider yourself very fortunate, but at some point in everyone's life you will be impacted by childhood cancer,” said Kassay.

Kassay says Mason’s memory helps her continue her fight for a cure.

“I feel him every day with me. I think about every situation and what would he say to me. He'd be like come on mom you got to do this news interview. Come on mom you got to do Splash for a Cure. So, that keeps me going on a daily basis.

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