Kelly Rowan Wymer, President and Director of WVKCC, has worked as a paralegal for 36 years, most recently with the law firm of Ciccarello, Del Giudice & Lafon in Charleston, WV.
Her passion is for kids with cancer and their families because she knows first hand what they are going through. Her daughter, Ali is a childhood cancer survivor, diagnosed at age 6 ½ in 2005 with Precursor B Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Following Ali’s surgery to remove the tumor and ultimately her diagnosis, Ali endured 2 years of chemotherapy treatment. As Kelly met other parents going through the same pain with their child she started to reach out to them and connect.
At the request of Ali’s Oncologist at CAMC she headed up the first parent board in hopes to make a childhood cancer diagnosis a little easier on the families. In September, 2006 with the help of her close friend and Child Life Therapist the first “Celebration of Hope” was founded and held in Charleston. It is now 12 years strong and run by the CAMC Foundation. In September 2006 Kelly was instrumental in the first proclamation signing with Governor Joe Manchin proclaiming September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Through the years Kelly has reached out and connected children and families. In 2014, Kelly co-founded West Virginia Kids Cancer Crusaders, which has provided financial, emotional support to families all over the State of West Virginia and across state lines. WVKCC has granted childhood cancer survivors college scholarships and also has given grants to support Camp Winaca, a camp for cancer kids in the State.
Kelly was recently nominated and honored at a luncheon by the Union Mission Ministries of Charleston “Women On A Mission” program for her passion and work with the cancer kids and families in the community.
Kelly’s efforts with the help of others developed a partnership with The Greenbrier Resort as they “Light Up Gold” during the month of September for Childhood Cancer Awareness. With the help of other cancer mom’s other landmarks such as the Elk River Bridge and The WV Building in Huntington light up Gold as well in September. During the holidays WVKCC has been a recipient of The Greenbrier’s Dream Tree program.
Recently with the support of Senator Glenn Jeffries, legislation was passed for a WVKCC Childhood Cancer Awareness License Plate which will launch in the Summer, 2018.
A graduate of Marshall University, Legal Assisting Program, Kelly is an avid spin instructor and loves to work out. She loves being with family, friends and “Cancer Moms”. Kelly and her family reside in Charleston, WV.