Whirlwind Week Ahead

When it rains, it pours!

The week of celebrating Kelsey Hates the Needle and our quest to raise awareness and support for all children who suffer from illnesses requiring injections and those who suffer as does Kelsey begins on Tuesday!  We will take on the Windy City with a news spot Tuesday morning and a Wednesday book signing at Chicago’s Webster Street Barnes & Noble of Kelsey Hates the Needle .   One lucky winner who purchases a book that day will win a gift certificate to a Chicago steakhouse and tickets to a Cubs game!

From there, we return to our previously scheduled engagement on Thursday, August 8.  Our president and author of Kelsey Hates the Needle and illustrator, Krystal Almora, will host a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Deptford, NJ at 10:30 AM. @krystalalmora

One lucky winner who purchases a book that day will win a Golden Ticket.  This golden ticket will win 4 tickets to the Phillies vs. Cubs game of their choice on August 13, 14, or 15.

Meet the author and illustrator, enjoy Story Hour with your family, and win tickets to the Phillies vs. Cubs all while supporting our non-profit Wednesday in Chicago and Thursday in NJ.


Thank you to all who support our efforts and our girl.

Almora Generosity – Lurie Children’s Hospital

Chicago Cub, @cubs, Albert Almora, Jr. @albertalmorajr  and wife, Krystal Almora @krystalalmora, recently visited the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago  to spread joy and kindness to children in the hospital.   In addition to a visit from an incredible athlete and beautiful illustrator, the Almora family was on a generous mission.  Krystal and Albert donated copies of Kelsey Hates the Needle to patients with a dual purpose.  The family wanted to raise awareness and help children find comfort while receiving medical injections or having lab work drawn during their stay in the hospital.

Krystal and Albert want to help children all over the world find comfort in the words of the story.   We are grateful to have so much support from the Almora family to raise awareness and help children who face challenges and raise illnesses around the globe.

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Author @marywagner252730 Illustrator @krystalalmora

The Kindess of a Cub

By now, you have likely heard the story: Chicago Cub, Albert Almora, Jr. hits a foul ball and a child is hit.  The ball was moving around 90 miles per hour and a terrible accident occurred.

The hit was accidental.  The reaction is what made headlines.

Fortunate to have Albert Almora, Jr.  and wife Krystal Almora support Kelsey’s Kaleidoscope, Inc, @krystalalmora @kelseys_kaleidoscope we know of Albert’s kindness and commitment firsthand.  His dedication in the off season and genuine compassion are best captured when he is with his family and through the support he provides to charitable causes.

In case you have not yet viewed the news-worthy event:

Composure.  Compassion.  Kindness. The key attributes we should aim for when interacting with one another is captured in the essence of this story.

We are amazed by the empathy and emotion Albert Almora, Jr. displayed on the field last week and the way he exemplifies the traits of courage, gratitude, and respect in his daily life.

To great men who make mistakes, show emotion, and display courage even on live television, we applaud you.

Thank you, @almorajr for reminding us that kindness and compassion mean so much.

Kelsey Hates the Needle

Author Mary Wagner & Illustrator Krystal Almora @krystalalmora release their first book, a picture book designed to help children ease their fears about vaccines, medications, and injections of any kind.  Please consider purchasing a book.  All proceeds benefit Kelsey’s Kaleidoscope, Inc.


Barnes and Noble

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The Merry Go Round of Life

The lights, the sound, the motion.

Nothing quite like a merry go round to make you feel nostalgic and carefree.

While feeling like a kid on a carousel, an ear shattering shriek was heard.

The ride stopped.

Panic (unnecessary, but truthfully) sunk in.

“What was that??” everyone peered and looked around.

The operator smiled on her microphone, remained calm, and said that all was well.  It should only be a few minutes before it was up and running again.

In those few minutes, I watched two technicians come around to correct the problem and could not help but realize how parallel the experience was to life.

The ride starts full of smiles and sunshine.

The pause and ponder happens.

The worry, the fear, the panic.

You hope the voice of calm appears to ease your mind and support the endeavor.

The support comes in to identify the problem.

Hopefully, a solution can be found and corrected.

If so, the merry go round keeps spinning.

The smiles resume.

Sometimes they appear with uncertainty because the ride may just stop again.

When it’s over, you realize that good or bad, you have to get off and keep on going.

We thank the Almoras for joining us on the Merry Go Round and supporting our cause as we spin in hopes of finding a cure.