Cure It for Kids yard sale will take place today in the parking lot of Macedonia Baptist Church today and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Abigail, who died from complications from a brain tumor last week, inspired family friends to begin the event five years ago. The daughter of the Rev. Shannon Kelley and Amy Fowler Kelley of Ball Ground was diagnosed with juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma at age 4.
She had a spinal tumor, which was removed at that time, and a brain tumor. In 2007 and 2008, Abigail underwent chemotherapy treatments at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.
Supporters have organized benefits to help with medical expenses since she was diagnosed with cancer five years ago.
Cindy Davis, organizer of the event and family friend, recognized that the timing of the yard sale makes it a bittersweet event for the community.
“We already had it scheduled and of course it’s important to continue this for other children,” Davis said. “Abigail would want us to. She was all about us raising money for research and she was always concerned about other children.”
Davis said the event raised more than $8,000 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta last year and she hopes to raise even more this year.
“We’ve been collecting donations since the last yard sale last year,” Davis said. “We have a lot of support from the community and many local churches.”
Davis said the yard sale will offer a variety of items, including clothes, shoes, kitchen supplies, glassware and many different kinds of tables.
Others wishing to donate to the Cure It for Kids Foundation may send money to P.O. Box 554 Ball Ground, GA 30107.