hugabox, located in Kirkland, Washington, is a family business owned and operated by Rebecca Hastings and Michael Golitz. It could not have been created without the help of their daughter Kelsey Hastings Golitz. As a dedicated and enthusiastic employee of online homewares retailer Joss and Main and its parent company Wayfair, Kelsey thrived in every aspect of e-commerce. As a result, you will find many of her creative ideas implemented throughout our site, our philosophy, and our care packages themselves.
However, soon after her graduation in 2010 from Union College in upstate New York, Kelsey was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma. Despite the toxic effects of the chemo and radiation treatments, she continued to live and work in Boston. Four years of treatment finally took a toll on her body. Kelsey's doctor eventually recommended that the family move her back to Seattle. The problem was...Kelsey did not want to leave Boston, her friends and job were there. It was at this time that the family started to discuss with her the idea of starting a care package business. They thought it would help smooth the transition when she finally made the difficult decision to move back home.
Sadly Kelsey passed away in 2014 from complications associated with Ewing's Sarcoma Cancer and did not get to see her vision come to fruition. However, her spirit lives on in every care package designed. Kelsey taught us a great deal about life, and in particular, those things that really matter. For this reason, hugabox donated over $13,000+ in 2019 to support childhood cancer research with a focus on sarcoma research and related services. We are a year-round advocate for childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer and for the past three years served as a Curefest Sponsor in Washington DC. Curefest USA is a national movement making childhood cancer a national priority. It’s our way of giving back and honoring Kelsey at the same time.
For further information about Kelsey and her life living with Ewing's Sarcoma Cancer, visit Grown & Flown.