My name is Ashley Khalipa and I am married to my amazing husband Jason and am the mother to two beautiful children, Ava and Kaden. No one ever believes their child will get cancer. You always tell yourself “it will never happen to me” and you flip the channel when you see commercials for St. Jude. Unless pediatric cancer has touched your family or friends, most people like to stay in this safe bubble. I completely understand this because it used to be me. Unfortunately, pediatric cancer is more common than we would like to believe and it touches every race, income and lifestyle.
Once Ava got diagnosed, my husband and I made it our mission to bring awareness to pediatric cancer and help other families going through this process.Shop now to support Ava
Once Ava got sick, I realized how important nutrition is when battling cancer. I had always cooked healthy meals for my family so this wasn’t a difficult task for me, but there are so many families who have no idea what to cook once they get home from the hospital. I don’t claim to be a nutritionist or professional in the world of clean eating; I’m just a mom who loves to cook meals for her family that are healthy and tasty at the same time. Kids can be picky so I try my best to be creative while also staying as healthy as possible.
Soon after creating Ava’s Kitchen, I realized I wanted to create my own charity event that revolved around food. This is when I teamed up with Michael Mina (Mina Group) and we created the Ava’s Kitchen Benefit. It was a unique event that had four guest chefs showcasing a dish front and center of all the attendees. We wanted to keep it small to create an intimate experience that was unlike any benefit people had ever gone to. With amazing vendors and donations, the event went above and beyond anything we imagined. In just one night we raised over $200,000. This money went into a private fund through The Jessie Rees Foundation in which we could then choose how we wanted to use the money.Protect you kid and help others as well