Board of Directors

 
 
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Kelsey Testman, Founder

At the age of 17 Kelsey felt a calling from God to serve on a mission trip in Africa and without knowing anyone, she left on a journey that made a lasting impact in her life. It was right after this Kelsey knew she needed to work in a job that will help children, and chose the field of pediatric oncology to serve as her goal, with hopes to also be able to do work as a medical missionary. Kelsey has always had a loving for all kids and has volunteered with foster children, special needs children, at a children’s hospital, and as a tutor at an elementary school. Kelsey graduated in Biology from USD in May 2017 and has now applied to medical school to pursue her goal. After Kelsey’s brother died in 2015, and she learned of the insanely expensive costs for a funeral, she knew she needed to do something for these families who have lost a child. “It is terrible enough to have your child go through a disease such as cancer, then parents not being able to afford a funeral for their child is unthinkable.” Kelsey knew this was a need from her volunteering in the oncology department at Miller Children’s Hospital and following many childhood cancer stories through social media, and sought out to make it happen. Kelsey's goal is for no parent to have to stress about the cost of a funeral, especially after experiencing the harsh realities of childhood cancer. "My brother's funeral was very important for me, it was the last chance I had to say bye, and I want all families to have the special celebration of life as Kyle did".

 
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Eric Hernandez

Eric knew he wanted to be a part of Forever With Us after his own battle with childhood cancer caused him to see the true devastation of the disease. Eric was diagnosed with AML leukemia when he was 3 years old and fought his battle for 2 years and 9 months. During this time Eric received all chemotherapy treatments at CHOC, and still remembers the many spinal tap procedures, losing his hair, and spending his birthday in the hospital. Cancer caused Eric to fall behind academically and be forced to repeat the 2nd grade. Through experiencing the many battles of cancer, Eric now spends his time giving back. He is a volunteer in the oncology department at CHOC, where he says, "this has been the most rewarding experience for me, as all the stars align and I can see the positive light from what was a dark childhood memory". Eric also has spent 5 summers as a lifeguard, played collegiate water polo and graduated from LMU in 2017 with a Business, Marketing Degree. Eric is able to use his experience with childhood cancer to help our foundation grow in knowing what the families we assist have gone through, as well as working with our Marketing and PR. "I am a member of Forever With Us because I support and believe every child who battles cancer deserves an honorable celebration of life".

 
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Gabrielle Bailey

Gabby graduated from the University of San Diego in 2017 with a major in behavioral neuroscience and has applied to attend medical school where she hopes to pursue pediatrics. Gabby has a passion for helping children, and when she heard about the devastation childhood cancer can cause she knew she wanted to be there to help the families in any way she could. Gabby has worked as a nanny for 2 children, and as a mentor for children diagnosed with autism, helping them learn vital life skills that are important both physically and psychologically. Gabby also is a physical therapy volunteer at the hospital to help those that have been faced with a traumatic accident. "I love everything that Forever With Us works towards. Working in hospitals has opened my eyes to the grief and devastation families go through with their loved ones. Many families cannot afford funerals and I want to do all I can to help them".