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January 28th 2016:Cancer, KISS MY COOLEY! Creating moments of light in dark times

Join us as Joe Kettner and Michelle Domino from CKMC (Cancer Kiss My Cooley) share their personal experiences in dealing with family and friends enduring childhood cancer. Hear how the Kettner family, after the loss of their son Carter, found strength, humor, and hope through making other people's wishes come true. They made it their mission, along with Michelle and volunteers from "Carter's Crew" to create lasting memories for other affected families. Such an amazing, inspiring story! You won't want to miss it!

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Joe Kettner

My story of incorporating a charitable foundation is short; however the reason I arrived here is not. Our eldest son Carter Kettner was diagnosed with an inoperable malignant brain tumor in February 2009. He was five years old. Doctors gave him less than 12 months to live. We were devastated. We picked up our family and moved to a research hospital to fight for our son. The journey we would take would change us for the rest of our lives. We were thrown into a new world of medicine, neurosurgeries, family struggles, and job loss. Worst of all, we had to watch our son’s health deteriorate month by month. My son kept his humor, his love, and his trust in us. We kept him happy, safe, and comfo
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Michelle Domino

After meeting the Kettners in 2005 through my boyfriend, I became a close friend (and even short-term roommate) to the Kettner family. Carter was only 2 and a half years old when I briefly joined their family and immediately he stole my heart (and my dog). After being diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma in February of 2009, I made it my goal to ensure that Carter never spent one minute more being sad than the physical aspects of his diagnosis created. Among the efforts to make Carter’s wishes come true was having it actually rain gumballs with the help of “Carter’s Crew”! While our work managed to provide the smiles I had hoped for, the larger effect of my relationship with Carter was ac
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