Kelsey’s Kids is more than marshmallow launchers |

Kelsey’s Kids is more than marshmallow launchers

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Christmas 2001 was not the easiest Christmas for Kelsey Bohman and her family. Dealing with cancer is scary for everyone involved.

“My mom and I were playing with some PVC pipe around Christmas in 2001,” said Kelsey. “Mom blew a marshmallow at me, and we both knew from that moment that we wanted to make marshmallow launchers for the kids on the oncology floor for Christmas. They were such a big hit, we knew this was our way to give back.”

The Good Medicine Marshmallow Launchers were born.

The family started Kelsey’s Kids, a foundation to fund more research, support families, supply assistance to institutions and foundations working to meet the needs of these families, and to bring joy to the lives of kids struggling with a life-threatening illness.

The foundation gives Good Medicine Marshmallow Launchers to young patients as therapeutic toys, and wants to reach people who can donate quantities of launchers to hospitals. The family currently makes these launchers by hand in its basement in Glenwood Springs.

Kelsey and her family treasure correspondence from thankful patients and health care workers who have been touched by the marshmallow launchers. One recent letter described in detail a marshmallow battle with kids waiting in line to receive their medicine at a children’s cancer camp.

To learn more about Kelsey’s Kids Foundation, go to, a deeply personal and intense glimpse at a local family’s experience with cancer.

“I did learn a few things through my journey with cancer,” Kelsey said. “I learned that life holds no promises and we should live each day as if it were our last. I know that we all have the potential to change somebody’s life with just a smile or a pat on the back.”

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