By Michelle Durham

AMBLER, Pa (CBS) – An Ambler non-profit is celebrating 35 years of helping families coping with the significant medical issue of one of their children. Its founder knows from firsthand experience what it’s like.

When Peggy Dolan’s daughter Kelly Anne died of a rare form on Leukemia at age 6, “from the time of her diagnosis, it put me in a world that I have never been in before, one of serious illness, trauma and hospitalizations.”

During that time, Peggy met other parents facing real financial trouble and she didn’t forget them. The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund was born.

“We respond to needs like paying the rent and utility bills, especially for families whose children are on ventilators. Their bills are double and triple (normal amounts). We take care of transportation costs.”

They also provide funds for families who have burned through their savings and have no money to bury their children. Dolan says using all the skills she developed while Kelly was sick to help others gives her tremendous satisfaction.

Click here to learn more about the Dolan Fund.

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060

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