An Evening of Praise with Ruben Studdard at Olivet Baptist Church will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15.
The purpose for this service is to come together corporately to pray and glorify God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon the Kelly Family. This event is open to the public. An offering will be raised for the family.
Four-year-old Ariel Kelly began a battle toward a cure for Sickle Cell Disease when she received a bone marrow transplant from her three-year-old brother, Pierre. The bone marrow transplant took place on Thursday, Aug. 4, at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville.
Ariel is the first Sickle Cell patient in Chattanooga whose sibling was a match. With a family match, no resources are provided to the family through the Be The Match program based on FDA guidelines. Donations are accepted via the Bone Marrow’s One-to-One Program.
On Sept. 27, Ariel was discharged from Vanderbilt. She and her mother spent the required post-transplant weeks at the Ronald McDonald house in Nashville. Ariel is now home in Chattanooga in isolation and is continuing her treatments and getting stronger each day. Ariel is 100 percent donor; she no longer has sickle cell disease.
The event will include Chaplain Roger Woods, UT Football; Lady Cynthia Adams, Chattanooga State Singing Tigers; Sounds of Unity; and Jeron Burney, ACT-SO 2011 Gold Medalist in Vocal Contemporary and recent graduate of CCA; and Ruben Studdard, American Idol, Season 2 Winner. Comedy Catch’s former “Clean Funny Man,” Bernard Johnson will emcee.
The worship service will be held Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 Martin Luther King Blvd. The doors will open at 6 p.m.