Rust Family

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100 % of your donation will go directly towards the cost of supplying the Rust Family with 25 high-quality freezer meals!!


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Meet Dave and Chelsea; best friends, husband and wife, and parents to two precious little ones, Keaton and Mara. Both natives of Northern Kentucky, they currently reside in Lexington where they have built a home and a family.


On March 21, 2019, Chelsea learned that she had Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (a form of breast cancer), and would be looking at a challenging road ahead to say the least. Hardly taking a moment to process, she immediately sprung into action preparing those she loved for the upcoming journey. Those who knew her were able to stay “in the know” through her CaringBridge site, where she delivered the darker details of her cancer and it’s treatment with her raw humor and total transparency.


Chelsea could easily be described as hard working an inspirational before she was ever touched by cancer, but she certainly amped it up during treatment; she remained active with her CrossFit family, served as an adjunct professor, and maintained office hours to continue caring for her patients. In the Spring, she completed the remaining requirements to receive her Doctorate – becoming Dr. Chelsea Rust while simultaneously being cared for as a cancer patient.


Chelsea underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and was in the beginning of radiation treatment in December of 2019 when severe headaches landed her in the hospital with an eventual diagnosis of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis – the breast cancer had metastasized to her cerebral spinal fluid and also to her liver; the prognosis is poor.


As Chelsea’s friends and family reel from this news, she continues to do what she does best; love her family and love others. She asks that those seeking out ways to help do so by spreading kindness and paying acts of selflessness forward — whether it’s to loved ones or strangers on the street. You can find her still singing along to the The Beatles and James Taylor with her babies every night, as she continues to spend her efforts having as much time as possible with them.

Everyone who know Chelsea has been positively affected by her in one way or another. She has truly lived more in her 35 years than most do in a lifetime, and her time on earth has changed so many people for good. It would be an honor to be able to gift this family with meals, so they are able to focus on valuable moments together.


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