If you or your business is interested in being part of a coming Kaedyn Love fundraiser, please contact Aimee Nelson at 352-286-1365.

Note from Kaedyn’s mom, Shelsie Ballew regarding past fundraisers:

Thank you for all the love and support we received from organizations all over central Florida and around the world!  Everyone who participated is amazing and I wish I could just  wrap my arms around each one of you, but I have to be here with my baby, and I will probably not even know all who have donated and participated but all I can say is thank you all so much! Also, a big thank you to all the girls over at Fresh Vintage Salon for holding a Cut-A-Thon, and everyone who came out to get a fresh look to support Kaed!  We can’t forget the Blakely House Bakery for the awesome cup cake sale.  THANK YOU!!

God see’s your acts of generosity and will certainly bless you for it!  Thank you to all my wonderful friends who are putting all this stuff together for our family.  Aimee and Lindsey Nelson, Shana Cline, Brittany Brakefield, Kara Adams, Emily Teichman, Nic’s sister’s Tonya and Felicia, Kristen Rogers, mine and Nic’s step moms, Theresa and Sharon,  Jesse Clements for  making this site available, LifeSouth, Winghouse, Hooters, Dave and Shane from Midnight Rodeo, Chris Osman, Alex Lai, (I’m sure I’ve left out someone, so please forgive me and blame it on the sleep depravity :) thank you all so much!

I love you all!

~ Shelsie and fam.

There are still other fundraisers in the works, so keep on the lookout, and THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

34 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by KAREN TERRY on August 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm



    • Posted by Shana, Aimee and Lyndsey on August 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm

      There will be a charity carwash held at the Winghouse August 21st from 12-3pm (longer if needed) All proceeds will go to Kaedyn and his Family, there will also be a mobile blood drive on site as well! So please grab your rides and come help out a great cause, and if you havnt donated yet, Saturday would be a great oppurtunity! And as always please continue to pray for Kaedyn and his family! As we all know prayer is powerful


      • Posted by Cassie, Aimee and Lyndsey on August 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

        There is going to be another charity carwash held at Midnight Rodeo August 28th from 11-3 (longer if needed) 100% of the proceeds will go to Kaedyn and his Family, the mobile blood bus will also be there again as well! So please grab your rides and come help this great cause. The last car wash was a huge success..let’s make this one even bigger!! And if you haven’t donated yet Saturday would be a great opportunity! As always continue to pray for Kaedyn and his family!! As we have seen so far prayer is a very powerful!

  2. Posted by Michelle-cousin on August 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Let everyone know we are thinking of you all and saying prayers. I have spread the word around to get as many prayers for him as possible. Please keep us updated on his progress and if there is anything that you need.

    Love, Cousin Michelle


  3. Posted by Jamie on August 17, 2010 at 12:02 am

    The Cut-A-Thon has been finalized! Fresh Vintage Salon is holding a Cut-A-Thon this Sunday, Aug. 22 from 10-4pm. ALL procedes go to Kaedyn Love!!! This beautiful little 10 month old baby boy was just diagnosed with A-L-Leukemia. We are located at 122 S Magnolia in downtown Ocala, 352-620-8054. Men’s and kid’s cuts only $15 and women’s cuts including wash & style only $30!!! Please tell all your friends and this is just in time for back to school. We are praying and doing everything we can to help Kaedyn and his family. Stay strong little man!


  4. Posted by Kelly Greene on August 17, 2010 at 8:29 am

    It is such a good feeling to see how many people are coming together on behalf of Kaedyn’s fight through this horrible time. The power of our love and prayers is so strong and is only growing. Everyone is doing a great job of spreading the word and doing everything in their power to help. A special friend at my job is having her church make a prayer blanket for Kaedyn. I thought this to be very sweet. The church comes together to pray over the blanket especially for Baby Kaedyn. Hopefully he will have it before the week is over.
    The blood donations are not only much needed but made me feel like I was making such a big difference to be able to take something from myself that will help him stay strong through his fight.
    Times are tough and we all hurt for money. But the things I felt were important that I have been saving up for, suddenly don’t seem so important any more. Kaedyn’s medical bills are going to be extremely overwhelming. Shelsie and Nic are not working because they need to be by their Son’s side. Kaedyn needs them there. Shelsie and Nic will not only have a mile high of medical bills, but they still have their house payment, car payments, another child to look after, food to get them by, light bills, and who knows what else. $5, $50, $100+ ads up. Whatever we can give will help them relieve stress they don’t need to feel right now.
    These Fund Raisers are going to help out so much, but out of every paycheck let’s come here and put some away for this family. Or here’s an idea.. Pay a bill for them.
    Don’t stop the Prayers and don’t stop spreading the word.. the fact that he does a little better means we need to pray even stronger!!!!


  5. Posted by Crystal Formella on August 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Shels I wanted to let you know that I work at Lifesouth Blood Centers and we have collected so much for him but we were collecting A+ so I will let them know that he is A- and maybe we can get some more for him, Also so may people have come in and donated platlets for him. My heart goes out to you and Nic and the family. If you need anything let me know. I would like to let you in on some help you can get. If you or the family would like to call me you can. My sis just had cancer and I got her alot of help. My cell is 342-8600. Keep your head up honey god will make him pull through.


  6. Posted by Rachael Lopez on August 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I am working with the Ocala Jaycees, and just spoke to Shane from Zanza Bar as well, about holding a large charity event. We have some great ideas, but it is going to take some work. However; this is an incredible family and they ALL of our help. If anyone is interested in helping put this project together, please feel free to contact me at (949)241-4802 or Patti at (352) 867-0054. We will be holding a Jaycee meeting next Tues. (Aug. 24th) if anyone would like to attend. We will have the opportunity to further disguss our plan, and would love for everyone to participate and be a part of it. Nic and Shels, please contact me whenever you can, so that the Jaycees can set up a seperate account for you, and with your permission would like to post something on the Jaycee website for people to make donations on. You guys are def. in our prayers!! If there is anything else that I can do, please let me know.


    • Posted by tim on August 22, 2010 at 9:55 am

      i dont know if i can make the meeting but i would like to help out on any thing just let me know you can call me any time 789-1864. what about a poker run?


  7. Posted by Thomas Bray on August 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I talked to someone at the Bowling Alley they said they could do a bowl-a-thon for him, at the one on Silver Springs Boulevard. For more information about it call Brian P. Yawn who is the General Manager the number is 732-7355.


  8. Posted by Kelly Greene on August 18, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Kaedyn’s family,

    Would you please get me Kaedyn’s account number at LifeSouth?? I want to see about putting together a blood drive here in Jacksonville.


  9. Posted by Kelly Greene on August 18, 2010 at 11:09 am

    A co-worker sent this to me:
    Even though they don’t have health insurance they can get it for him through the state of florida .
    I believe they will also backdate coverage and cover any unpaid medical bills. Since he’s under 1 year pretty sure he’ll automatically qualify for Medicaid.. It might take a while to get things going (like 1-2 months) but it will help both the sick little one and they can apply for the other little boy too. She just needs to go to this website (or have someone do it for her) and apply.

    Worth a Shot!-Kelly


  10. I can’t find any info on how to contact you off site. I’m from Ocala & both of my boys have had their fair share of health problems & surgeries so I understand a little of what you are going through. I would love to help you with a fundraiser for Kaedyn.

    I am a Discovery Toys consultant. You can see my website here: or check me out on facebook here:

    I will donate 20% of all orders placed through me or on my website that mention baby Kaedyn to the family.
    I could also start a wish list if people would like to donate toys/ books or money toward them for Kaedyn’s birthday or for Kaedyn & Kaleb for Christmas. That way the family would not have to worry about purchasing those items during this financially difficult time.

    Discovery Toys are quality educational toys, books & games for all ages. (Most are also easily disinfected so they are suitable for hospital stays- Kaedyn could have his own toys in his room.)
    Our new catalog is coming out September 1st & with everyone buying Christmas toys, teacher gifts, etc it would be a great time to do a fundraiser.

    You can contact me through email or either of the links above.
    I’ll be praying for your little guy!


  11. Posted by Kayadell on August 19, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I know I do not know your family, my boyfriend, David Underwood sayd he knows your husband… anyways, I have been following this story and every time I read something I just cry. Your family has to be so strong to go through something like this. That is truly a miracle god put on this earth and every prayer everyone says just shows God how much little Kaedyn is still needed on this earth, and not to take him just yet. You have a beautiful baby boy and I’d like to say, even though I dont know you, I am proud to be able to say.. I heard of an amazing mother fighting to keep her soon alive.. just with the love in her heart! So, I’m going to try to come to the carwash but it is my nephews bday party that day so i might not make it.. but i should be able to make it to the haircut fundraiser. Either way, I donated through paypal, and plan on continuing to do so with every extra dime I have. Again, stay strong and keep your head up.. if not for anything but your little “miracle baby”!


  12. Posted by Thomas Gaines on August 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    We will be doing a “Fast Friday Night” tonight, August 20th at Hooters of Ocala. We are getting some of the local drag racers from Gainesville along with their cars to show up and let everyone see what it is all about. We will be doing a raffle for tickets to Gainesville Raceway for their Unleashed Tour in November and also for either a Wednesday or Saturday night event at Gainesville Raceway. All proceeds of this raffle with be generously donated to Kaedyn and his family. Come on out and support your local drivers and lets help a this child and his family


    • Posted by Renee Gaines on August 20, 2010 at 11:15 pm

      To Kaedyn and his family, we hosted a Gainesville Raceway/Hooter of Ocala “Fast Friday Night” event tonight and had a raffle. 100% of the proceeds from this raffle were dontated to your family. Although I wish we could have given you more, I am proud to tell you that we raised $200.00 tonight and by the time you are reading this, you should have this money in your hands. I will continue to keep Kaedyn and his entire family in my thoughts and prayers.


    • Thank you for putting that together for the family Thomas! Kristen Rogers actually brought the $210 up to the hospital last night (thanks Dude!).


  13. Posted by Thomas Bray on August 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    We should try and get local bands to do a fundraiser too like some kind of donation concert.


  14. Posted by Stephanie Darrach on August 21, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I am praying throughout the day for baby Kaedyn. I knew Shelsie a long time ago and to here about anyone having to go through something like this with there child, it’s just unbearable. I give all the best wishes to the family. Also I am following this story close. I have been to the blood bank to donate in hopes that it will help. I cry whenever I read the updates and posts about the family. Please know that we are out here praying our little heart out for this family. Right until baby Kaedyn gets better and even after. God is a miraculous person and all answers will be heard. Baby Kaedyn and his family are in my thoughts and prayers throughout the day..

    Stephanie Darrach


  15. Posted by shana cline on August 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

    This is just a reminder, The car wash today at Winghouse from 12-3pm is still on! Rain or Shine people, this is for a very good cause. SO bring your umbreallas, lets dance in the rain and thank GOD that we are fortunate enough to be there! Cant wait to see all of you there

    God bless


  16. Posted by Sam Burdine on August 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I think that David might be the only one that might know me. I think that I have met some of you before but you probably don’t remember me. Tammy keeps us updated on Keadyn. He is on our prayer list at Southern Hills Church Of Christ. I am so happy that he is improving. He is in Gods hands and I cant think of a better or safer place for him to be. I read the updates and cry. Lately there have been more happy tears though. I am sorry that I can’t do much to help you from Ohio but I will keep praying for keadyn and all of your family. I have never got to see him but please believe me that if I could take this from him and have it myself I would in a second. I can tell by reading the updated that Keadyn is a very lucky little boy. It is easy to see that he has a wonderful loving family. I will continue to pray for Keadyn and all of you and look forward to reading the post that says the cancer is gone! Give him a hug for me.

    God bless you all,

    Sam Burdine (Navarre,Ohio)


  17. we will be praying for you guys and i will tray to help you because i have a little boy and girl too


  18. Posted by Colleen Coleman on August 25, 2010 at 6:32 am

    There will be another carwash/fundraiser/blood drive in support of Kaedyn and his family this Saturday at Midnight Rodeo from 11a.m. – 3 p.m. Go to Midnight Rodeo’s F.B. page for a flyer you can share and please invite those you know to come out and support Kaedyn!


  19. Posted by Cara on August 26, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Head over to the Blakely House and pick up your Kaedyn bracelets! Cupcake sale this Saturday to benefit the family as well!


  20. Posted by Thomas Bray on August 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    This Saturday August 28 from 10-2pm there will be another Fundraiser to help little 10 mnth old Kaedyn Ballew in his fight with Leukemia! The Blakely House in combination with Downtown Ocala’s, Big August Blowout Sale, they have decided to take advantage and sell cupcakes to assist his family with their medical expense…s so…. Call to order and for more information at 352-867-0577.


    • Posted by Blakely House on August 27, 2010 at 9:12 am

      FANTASTIC !!!!

      Lets get those orders in to help out Little Kaedyn !!!!

      “Eat Sweets for a Great Cause ”


      Blakely House


  21. Posted by Blakely House on August 27, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Good morning!!!

    We are so blessed to be apart of trying to help and support this beautiful little boy and his family. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE SELLING 1000 cupcakes YES THAT”S RIGHT 1000 CUPCAKES !!!!!

    This Saturday August 28from 10-2pm… and ALL PROCEEDS GO TO HIM !!!!!

    People can preorder at $2 each or $20 per dozen…we will box them up and you can drive thru and get them. This could be a potential of $2,000 in SWEET sales!!!!!! GET THE WORD OUT !!!! Call at 352.867.0577

    Carol Bess
    Blakely House
    Ocala Fl


  22. Posted by nichole parker on August 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    hey im a distant family member…i live outside of jacksonville fl and i wanna know if you can set up a fl/ga blood alliance account for kaedyn, my work…lowes…is having a blood drive on the ninth and we all wanna donate for him plus im A- please do this…… emzil me if u have ne ?


  23. Posted by Stephanie Murray on August 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I have some people from my work who want to purchase tshirts, is there anyway to do this online?


  24. Posted by Jennifer Johnson on August 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Is there any other way to get the t-shirts if we weren’t able to make the Midnight Rodeo event? Thanks.



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