Thanks to Asheville and Creekside Taphouse

I wanted to write in say the biggest of all thank yous to the community of Asheville and the Creekside Taphouse.

You might ask why I am forever in debt to both of these?

Well, you see, it all started about four months ago when I was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the blood. It’s so rare that the chance of a young, 30-year-old woman getting this disease is only 1 percent.

You may remember me as the girl who got two different scooters stolen from her in two years but never gave up hope that there were good people in this world.

I wanted to say that my point is STILL proven despite the messed up ways of the world.

The community of Asheville and the taphouse threw a fundraiser for me, and it raised over $5,000 in one day! I was able to stay at the taphouse for most of the fundraiser.

Friends that I have known since I was 5 years old drove up from the Florida to attend. I had coworkers who came before their shift or after with their uniform still on. All my best friends and family were there. My sweet, beautiful, and caring partner of three years was there. I had strangers come up to me and cry and hug me saying that they would pray for me and my family.  Volkswagen cut me a check just for being the one that the fundraiser was about!

I will never forget that day.

Those old dirty scooters are in the past. There are more important things in life. And if I thought I knew what those things were before, I am even more certain I know what they are now. Laughter, supporting one another and being nice to each other are what really matters.

To the community of Asheville, I thank you so much for letting me have the privilege of calling you home for 27 years.

To Creekside Taphouse, thank you so much for throwing the best party of the summer and supplying me a place big enough to fit all the people with even bigger hearts that showed up.

I can only hope it brought you guys a lot of attention and business as well. My heart is full of love and grace. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I will beat this. Stay strong for me Asheville. Keep sending the love.

Love always.

Kelly McArdle




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One thought on “Thanks to Asheville and Creekside Taphouse

  1. Kevin McArdle

    you go daughter….I admire your courage, positivity, and strength…all those friends came by no accident. My love to you, Pops

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