Keith Relief was founded in 2011 by Chicago Blackhawks Defenseman Duncan Keith and his wife, Kelly-Rae. The charity is dedicated to alleviating the financial and emotional burdens of families and individuals suffering from medical crisis.
The concept for the charity was created after the Canadian couple received a medical bill from Kelly-Rae’s knee surgery which was performed in the US. Compared to the publicly funded healthcare system in Canada, the costs passed along to the patient were staggering.
Additionally, with the current economic crisis, the Keith’s are concerned about the number of families living without the security of health insurance as well as by the increasing amount of bankruptcies and home foreclosures resulting from medical expenses. As a result of these experiences, the Keith’s have made it a personal mission to assist Chicagoan’s suffering from medical crisis.
For more information regarding the charities Keith Relief has partnered with, please check out Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (http://www.rmhccni.org/).
As the official charity of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Blackhawks Charities mission pledges to support programs and institutions throughout Illinois that work towards creating a better tomorrow. Chicago Blackhawks Charities focuses on health and wellness, education and homelessness, striving to serve local citizens and impact the lives of youth in and around the city of Chicago. Keith Relief is one of the programs supported by Chicago Blackhawks Charities.