The holiday season for Keystone Industries means many different things to us all. Enjoying the festive office parties filled with delicious treats, closing the books on another successful year, and bringing smiles to others through the gift of giving, just to name a few. For one of many generous Keystone families, the gift of giving is delivered by the truckload.
For the past three years, the Kemberling family has dedicated most of their holiday time to collecting gifts for children staying at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The idea for this collection-turned-organization came about after Chase Kemberling won his battle with Lymphoma in January of 2014. The victory followed a holiday season spent entirely in the hospital. Battling this disease any time of year, not just during the holidays, can be brutal for anyone let alone a child. Chase and his brother Travis saw to it that they’d bring joy to the children at Penn State Hershey by way of their Official Toy Hauler trailer. CHASE-ing A Cure was born, and has grown into a movement.
CHASE-ing A Cure brought holiday spirit throughout Pennsylvania, and began seeing coverage from multiple news outlets, such as the Lebanon Daily News and CBS. Capturing how big a difference Chase made was now able to capture smiles from families watching all over the state.
Since then, Keystone customer service representative Emily Kemberling who works out of the Myerstown, PA office, has had boxes filled with toys every December to be donated through CHASE-ing A Cure. Emily travels back and forth between Myerstown and Gibbstown, NJ multiple times to collect toys, and every year Keystone employees fill her boxes to the top. All donations considered, not just from Keystone Industries – they’ve estimated to have donated over 3,500 toys.
The gift of Chase being able to beat cancer was one the Kemberling’s will never forget and always be thankful for. Because of their entire journey, they’ve become active in several organizations to help support others battling cancer, such as Four Diamonds and THON.
A Family Focus video put together from THON can be viewed below. To donate, reach out to CHASE-ing A Cure on their Facebook page, facebook.com/ChaseKemberling.