In 2007, motivated by their personal experiences, Michael Spehn and Gina Kell Spehn started New Day at the kitchen table with no nonprofit experience, but with a deep desire to help families cope with the financial and emotional burdens of cancer. The legacies of their first spouses, Matt Kell and Cathy Spehn, are the heart and soul of New Day Foundation for Families
The Spehns assembled a Board of Directors made up of friends who had hosted the first annual Matt Kell Memorial Golf Tournament and helped lay the groundwork for New Day.
The origins of New Day are told in Michael and Gina’s New York Times bestselling memoir, The Color of Rain, which also became a Hallmark Original movie in 2014. Their story continues with their son, Sam Kell, who was diagnosed with glioblastoma (brain cancer) in 2015. He is in treatment at MOTT Children’s Hospital and doing well.
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