In Memory Of Kyelcie Dawn Yates

In memory of my sister, Kyelcie Dawn Yates (Sept. 16, 1991 – Sept. 9, 2000), I have decided this month, in honor of the anniversary of her life, to donate 100% of all proceeds from the sales of any of my art sold on RedBubble to The Dream Factory, the charitable organization that granted my sister’s wish before she passed away.

In early February of 2000, my 8-year old sister, Kyelcie Dawn Yates, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor (located in her brain stem). We were told that she would have only 6 months to live.

Needless-to-say, this was an incredibly devastating time for my family and me.

Our aunt had known someone from church, who was involved with a charity that granted wishes to children with terminal illnesses, called The Dream Factory.

After contacting them, they quickly sent out some volunteers to talk to us and meet my sister, who told them that her wish was to go to Disney World. They were very kind and helpful in scheduling our trip around her numerous treatments that bound her to the hospital for months at a time.

Within a matter of months (maybe less), a stretch limo arrived at my mother’s house to pick up my mom, step-dad, sister, and me and take us to the airport for a non-stop flight to Orlando, FL where my sister’s dream came true.

In September of 2000 – just a week before her 9th birthday – surrounded by her family, Kyelcie passed away at Kosair Children’s Hospital (Louisville, KY). I was holding her hand as she took her last breath.

My family and I are eternally grateful to The Dream Factory for all of the wonderful memories we have from seeing Kyelcie have the best time of her life while on her dream vacation. That is why I have decided to donate 100% of all proceeds from the sales of my art on RedBubble to this charity.

THE DREAM FACTORY INC. is a non-profit, volunteer organization that grants dreams to children with critical or chronic illnesses.

“In 1980, The Dream Factory began with one all-volunteer chapter in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Since then, The Dream Factory has grown into the second-largest children’s wish-granting organization in the United States, granting over 25,000 dreams since its inception -all while maintaining a grassroots approach. The Dream Factory continues to operate all 38 of its local chapters with over 5000 very dedicated volunteers.” –

The Dream Factory of Louisville, Inc.
200 W. Broadway, Suite 504
Louisville, KY 40202

The Dedication piece from my portfolio…

In Memory Of Kyelcie Dawn Yates

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