Com­mu­nity fight­ing for Gage

Com­mu­nity helps raise money for Fed­er­als­burg boy’s leukemia bat­tle

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

EAS­TON — Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group and Glen­dale Rid­ing School in Eas­ton hosted Gal­lop for Gage Satur­day, Oct. 21, to raise money for 7-year-old Gage Kel­ley of Fed­er­als­burg, who is bat­tling leukemia.

The fundraiser was held at Glen­dale Rid­ing School, and fea­tured a horse show, a silent auc­tion and food ven­dors. The money raised will go to­ward Gage’s med­i­cal and trans­porta­tion ex­penses.

Gage at­tended the event and re­ceived a cer­e­mo­nial ride around the course as the hon­orary guest. He was joined by his dad Shawn Kel­ley and Aunt LeeAnn Harden.

“Words can­not event de­scribe our deep­est love and ap­pre­ci­ate for ev­ery­body who has been sup­port­ive through all of this,” Shawn Kel­ley said. “Leukemia tends to make you feel very alone and iso­lated some­times be­cause you have to be so cau­tious of in­fec­tion, but the com­mu­nity’s out­reach gives us the feeling we are not fight­ing this alone. It means a lot to know the com­mu­nity is with us.

“Ev­ery­one here has just been phe­nom­e­nal. The sup­port from the com­mu­nity, Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive and Glen­dale Rid­ing School has been re­mark­able. We are eter­nally grate­ful for ev­ery­body.”

Through­out the day, riders par­tic­i­pated in a va­ri­ety of skills com­pe­ti­tions. The silent auc­tion had more than 35 items, in­clud­ing an air­plane tour of the East­ern Shore for a fam­ily of three, tick­ets to the Wash­ing­ton In­ter­na­tional Horse Show, NASCAR tick­ets, a base­ball ticket pack­age for the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles Mi­nor League af­fil­i­ates and gift cer­tifi­cates.

Caro­line County Sher­iff’ Randy Bounds and Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety East­ern Shore cam­paign ad­vi­sor Jen­nifer Veil at­tended the event.

Bounds pre­sented Gage with an hon­orary Ju­nior Sher­iff’s Deputy badge. Gage also got to hand out rib­bons to the riders.

“Gage has been my rock,” Shawn Kel­ley said. “He has been such a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on ev­ery­body around him no mat­ter how dif­fi­cult the chal­lenges have been.

“He al­ways keeps a smile on his face. He al­ways keeps fight­ing. He re­minds me to keep smil­ing. He is an in­spi­ra­tion to me and our fam­ily. He has a heart of gold.”

Richard Kim­ball of Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group and Kristin Diem helped plan the fundraiser.

“Glen­dale Rid­ing School have been out­stand­ing part­ners,” Diem said. “We owe a huge thank you to Molly and Jamie Foster be­cause we have ac­cess to the en­tire fa­cil­ity.

“We are very happy to help give Gage a fun day here, and raise money to help with his med­i­cal and trans­porta­tion ex­penses. We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one for com­ing out, and all of our spon­sors for sup­port this event for Gage.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Gage Kel­ley holds up his awards he re­ceived at Gal­lop for Gage at Glen­dale Rid­ing School in Eas­ton Satur­day, Oct. 21. He is joined by his dad Shawn Kel­ley, left, and Gal­lop for Gage co-direc­tor Kristin Diem.

Gage Kel­ley rides a horse at Gal­lop for Gage at Glen­dale Rid­ing School in Eas­ton Satur­day, Oct. 21, with help from his dad Shawn Kel­ley, left, Gal­lop for Gage co-direc­tor Kristin Diem and Glen­dale Rid­ing School owner Molly Foster.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Gage Kel­ley rides a horse next to his dad Shawn Kel­ley, his aunt LeeAnn Harden and Nathan Wheeler at Gal­lop for Gage at Glen­dale Rid­ing School in Eas­ton Satur­day, Oct. 21.

Camp­bell Ever­hardt of St. Michaels sits on the shoul­ders of her dad Wil­son Ever­hardt.

Gage Kel­ley, right, stands with his aunt LeeAnn Harden and El­iza Kim­ball at Gal­lop for Gage at Glen­dale Rid­ing School in Eas­ton Satur­day, Oct. 21.

Even the an­i­mals got in the act of sup­port­ing Gage Kel­ley at Gal­lop for Gage at Glen­dale Rid­ing School in Eas­ton Satur­day, Oct. 21.

Greyson Chan­dler rides a horse Satur­day, Oct. 21, at Gal­lop for Gage at Glen­dale Rid­ing School in Eas­ton.

Chris­tian Prof­fitt holds up candy he won Satur­day, Oct. 21, at Gal­lop for Gage at Glen­dale Rid­ing School in Eas­ton.

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