We were already excited that Kelly Clarkson was getting a new TV show, but we're even more excited now that we've found out one of our own will be a guest!

The Kelly Clarkson Show premieres next Monday, September 9 on NBC and a Kelli from Rockford will be front and center sometime during this season.

Our very own, Kelli Ritschel Boehle.

If you don't know, Kelli is the woman behind the amazing Nicholas Ritschel Foundation, 'a small, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity based in Rockford, Illinois. Our mission is To bring precious moments of joy to young adults (18-24), and their loved ones, fighting cancer. We do this by granting wishes to these young adults who are too old for Make-A-Wish type programs. Since its founding in 2012, Nik’s Wish has granted nearly 150 wishes nationwide. It truly is a treasure of joy and hope, and a goodwill ambassador for the city of Rockford.'

So why is Kelli making an appearance?

Because Rockford is awesome, duh!

Here's the whole story:

On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 27th, 2019, Kelli Ritschel Boehle (BRING JOY) surprised Mary Latham (MORE GOOD) during Mary’s interview on inaugural taping of The (new) Kelly Clarkson Show. Hugs and tears of joy ensued.

Mary Latham, founder of More Good Today, is on a quest to honor her mother, Pat who passed away from cancer. Pat always kept a positive attitude, even during difficult times, and continually focused on the good in the world. So, three years ago, Mary set off in Pat’s blue Subaru to travel to all 50 states to gather stories and snap pictures of people who had done random acts of kindness.

Last March, for state #35, Mary stayed in Rockford, Illinois at the home of Tom Hilbert and his wife, Kelli Ritschel Boehle. There, she discovered Nik’s Wish, which Kelli had founded. Kelli sat down with Mary and shared the story of her son, Nik who, at 17 was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma. Nik’s dying wish was to help his friend Nate, and other young cancer warriors like Nate, who had just missed out on Make-A-Wish type programs because they were diagnosed after turning 18. When Mary’s all too brief 4 day stay ended, she was on her way to state #34. In September, Mary will finally reach state #50.

I actually got the chance to meet Mary while she was in Rockford and I am so excited to see her again on Kelly's show!

Don't forget to set your DVR.


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