community Family grateful for help in daughter’s cancer fight

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 26, 2013 at 5:48 p.m.

Our daughter, Kelly Crimaldi, was diagnosed with a brain tumor Nov. 7, with a diagnosis of brain cancer Dec. 3, the day before her 20th birthday. The tumor and cancer came with many costs: surgery in Indianapolis, six weeks of radiation treatments in Bloomington, chemotherapy, prescriptions, lost wages and — well, anyone who has ever dealt with cancer knows the financial burden.

On March 30, a group of amazing friends put together the most fabulous benefit at the Christiana Creek Country Club to help our family.

In 1989, there was a movie called “Field of Dreams.” In this movie, Kevin Costner kept hearing a voice saying, “If you build it, he will come.” Well, that is exactly what happened!

Our friends who organized the event, the Christiana Creek Country Club that housed the event and provided the meal, the individuals and businesses who were gracious in their donations for raffle — they built it!

Then they came in droves — family from near and far, friends and neighbors, co-workers, former co-workers, high school friends we hadn’t seen in years, Kelly’s former classmates from Trinity Lutheran School and Memorial High School, former teachers, her college friends from Manchester University and their parents, the staff and customers from Crimaldi’s Restaurant, firemen, policemen, business owners, community leaders, and people we had never met before that night. And there, in the middle of all those people, was God in all His glory! His love embraced us all! It was electrifying!

More than 550 people gathered together to help our family. It was so humbling.

Due to the generosity of so many, we can move forward with Kelly’s future medical care, knowing the last five months of costs are behind us. We are so very blessed.

We will be forever grateful to this city with a heart.

The Family of Kelly Crimaldi


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