In the 25 years Desiree Kelleigh has owned and run Good Times Lakeview Restaurant overlooking Ballston Lake, she certainly learned how to turn a profit. Now, she's learning how to make a difference.
I want to party with a purpose and bring joy to anybody that may have been conflicted with this type of long-term suffering, said Kelleigh.
The 1st Deck Jam to raise money for the Multiple Schlerosis Association and for Multiple Sclerosis research will take place on Friday,, June 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Good Times. With a $25 donation, partiers can enjoy free food, beverages, live music, a DJ and an auction.
Kelleigh's husband, Hugh, has been suffering from MS for 14 years. The last five and a half have been terminal and until just two years ago, Kelleigh and her family kept their pain to themselves.
"Every day was the hardest thing I've ever done. We're a very quiet family. I brought my kids up to be what goes on in the family stays in the family," said Kelleigh. "I figured what I had gone through with my family, somehow we felt shame in not understanding his illness, and I wanted no family to ever feel shame like that."
Now that Kelleigh's story is out in the open, the community support and her trust in "God's plan" gives her the strength to wake up every morning and live life to the fullest.
"The pain is every day throughout my entire whole core but I know that when I do this that God's gonna do something amazing later on in the day," said Kelleigh. "I just realized I had to get up and fight through the day and it's this community I get hugs. I need them and I guess people can see that and somehow that gets me through the next day and the next day."