Kelsey Coplen, Class of 2008, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 PINK-OUT fundraiser. Kelsey was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer. On March 23rd she began her treatment plan, which consists of six rounds of chemotherapy, and a year’s worth of concurrent immunotherapy every three weeks. Once the chemo is complete, Kelsey will undergo a double mastectomy, followed by multiple rounds of radiation.
Kelsey was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Breast Cancer, stage 2, because it has spread to a lymph node. At the young and healthy age of 28, the diagnosis came as a complete shock to Kelsey and her family and friends, particularly because they’ve all been supporting her mom, Lisa Feuerborn Coplen (Aquinas class of ’82) in her own battle with cancer since diagnosis in September.
Kelsey’s family has extensive ties to Saint Thomas Aquinas. Kelsey and her youngest sister, Abby (Class of ‘12) both played Saints softball. Their middle sister Sarah (Class of ‘10) played Saints Volleyball and they were all involved in school activities, including Wigs Out and Key Club. Many other uncles and cousins are also part of the Aquinas family. It’s important to know her entire Aquinas family is with her through this difficult and long process to her recovery.
Kelsey lives in Mission, KS with her two dogs: Moshi and Harper. She works as a nurse in the Cardiovascular Operating Room at The University of Kansas Hospital, and hopes to enjoy the normalcy of going to work, for as long as she is able while undergoing treatments. Some things Kelsey enjoys the most include: yoga, traveling, being outdoors, hanging out with family and friends, and cheering-on her favorite KC teams and of course the Jayhawks. Kelsey is beyond grateful for the immediate, overflowing support everyone in her life has shown her already. She’s gained so much inspiration from the strength her mom has shown through her current battle against cancer and is ready for her own fight!