Team K&K was formed by M2 instructors Kelly McCarthy and Kristen Maurer. Kelly & Kristen are twins who learned of their breast cancer while pregnant with each of their children. In 2012, Kelly was diagnosed. Four months later Kristen was diagnosed. Kristen & Kelly decided very quickly that they would form a team and participate in the Avon Walk for breast cancer.
They decided to support Avon because “we believe in the foundation’s values”, says Kelly. Avon helps fund research as well as helps underprivileged women get the medical treatment they deserve. Soon after their decision to form Team K&K, Kelly and Kristen’s best friends and fellow M2 instructors Brianne Lakomy, Lyndsay Schaap, Leah Shaffer, Mallory Reed and Hillary Fuentes along with Kristen’s husband Richard and Kelly’s husband Robert united to further the mission of Team K&K. Over the years, others who have danced or taught at M2DC joined them to help raise over $60,000.00 since 2012.
To learn more about Kelly & Kristen’s story click this link from the Today Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiwQYPCQmDc and/or Associated Press http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJauld1tQIA&feature=youtu.be
To get involved and help Team K&K in their efforts to beat this horrible disease click here http://www.avonwalk.org/. You must then search for a team member of Team K&K and donate to their profile for the team to receive credit. Each member of Team K&K must fundraise a minimum of $1,800.00 in order to participate in the walk.
Team K&K Members
- Hillary Fuentes
- Bri Lakomy
- Kristen Maurer
- Rich Maurer
- Kelly McCarthy
- Robert McCarthy
- Mallory Reed
- Lyndsey Schaap
- Leah Shaffer
In addition, Team K&K plans to fundraise with their annual Turn-A-Thon at the Lake Central Dance Invitational and by holding a benefit at M2DC in the spring. Dancers and families can help by volunteering baked goods, gift baskets for raffles, or their time at each of these events. Any family wishing to make a monetary donation can do so in person at the studio via check or cash, or online with a credit card at www.avonwalk.org. When donating online, please be sure to search for any team member you wish to ensure all members of Team K&K can continue to walk in support of Kelly and Kristen and others in need of our support.