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Celebrating Kelsey: Gratitude and Impact

We wanted to express a heartfelt thank you to the amazing friends and family of Send It Alumni, Kelsey Palmer. Your generous contributions in Kelsey’s honor made the May 2023 Surf and Ride trip possible!  We wanted to share the touching words from the trip participants, so you can see just how much of an impact you had on their lives. From the bottom of all of our hearts, thank you!

“I never even knew Kelsey, but she has made an immense impact on my life, and all of my new friends! This Send It trip is something I will never forget. I learned how to Surf!!! And I zoomed through the Redwoods on an eBike with tears in my eyes. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” 

“Thank you so much for supporting the Send It mission in Kelsey’s honor. We’ve had the most amazing week surfing and biking, challenging ourselves, taking in the amazing surroundings, and connecting with other people who truly understand the experience of facing cancer as a young person. This week has reminded me of my inner strength and has been so fulfilling for my heart and soul. Sending my utmost gratitude to you for allowing these trips to happen. We’ll continue to Send It with Kelsey in spirit.” 

Photo by Arthur Alvarez

“Your contributions to Send It have made such a huge impact to so many people. Thank you so much. I’ve had a lot of fear since my cancer diagnosis, and this trip has helped me face my fears, and find joy. It has also helped me connect with folks I will know for my lifetime – this is invaluable and such a huge gift.  We appreciate you all so much.”

Photo by Arthur Alvarez

“I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Thanks to your kindness and generosity I was able to have an experience of a lifetime. I live with stage 4 breast cancer and consider every day a gift – being with an incredible like-minded community who understands the challenges I’m going through yet are determined to live life to the fullest is the BEST MEDICINE I could have ever asked for. I got to surf and mountain bike for the first time, laughed until I cried, ate the most delicious and nourishing food and best of all–I have a new family who I can count on to lift me up when things get tough. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

“Coming on this trip was life changing for me. Being able to do things I would never be able to do was an experience of a lifetime. Without all of your donations & without Kelsey I would have never been able to do this. Surfing along with mountain biking combined with all the amazing people involved in Send It really allowed me to grow. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.”

Photo by Arthur Alvarez
Photo by Arthur Alvarez

“Your contributions made this trip possible, and this trip has meant more to me than I could ever fully express. Being out here, adventuring with a group of amazing people who connect so naturally because of this shared experience of cancer is truly life changing. I can leave here with a quiet mind, a sense of peace, and so much joy that I wasn’t sure was reachable anymore.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.”

“I was also on Kelsey’s Send It trip in September 2021 and it was an absolute joy and pleasure to have met her. Her smile sparkled & her enthusiasm was infectious. On one of our biking days, she was in my group who decided to take beach cruisers out instead of mountain bikes. We had an absolutely epic time! It was an adventure riding to the neighboring town and back. Then we pushed the bikes onto the beach and rode them up and down on the sand. It’s a magical memory & I won’t forget it. Sending you and yours and everyone who loved Kelsey my sincerest gratitude and thanks.” – Alumni Leader/ Medical staff