Carla Tardiff

Kari and Patrick Kelly

Kelly Family

(L-R) Carla Tardif, Patrick Kelly III and Kari Kelly, and the Kelly Family

The lives of Kari Kelly, her son Patrick, and family friend Carla Tardif are intertwined in a way that is both tragic and beautiful. Kari, Patrick and Carla lost a husband, father and friend to brain cancer. Pat Kelly, a Syracuse University football standout who later played for four years in the NFL, died at the age of 37 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. On Pat’s deathbed, he asked his college friend Carla to fulfill one wish: to find a way for families going through cancer to focus on their recovery instead of the financial burdens imposed by a cancer diagnosis. Today, Carla is the CEO of Family Reach, a nonprofit organization dedicated to removing the financial barriers standing between a cancer patient and their treatment. One of Carla’s initiatives through Family Reach is the launch of Pat’s legacy, The Pat Kelly Promise, which further provides hope to families burdened with the financial side effects of their diagnosis.