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Turning Loss Into Light

Ahead of the inagural women’s VinFast IRONMAN World Championship later this month, Lisa DeLong had a chance to speak with IRONMAN about Carly’s story.

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Carly Faye DeLong

New Years Eve of 2016, Carly was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
Throughout treatment, she refused to be defined by her diagnosis.
She continued to attend class and volleyball practices whenever possible.
Even when she couldn’t play, she traveled with the team, determined to make it back on the court.
With every mis-step and set back, she came back stronger and more determined than before. This same determination to succeed and push through boundaries and obstacles was the way Carly lived her life even before her cancer diagnosis. She was always setting high goals and pursuing them with passion.
Carly never gave up, she never gave into her diagnosis.
On September 23, 2017, Carly’s battle with ALL ended, but the legacy she left behind will carry on because of the imprint she left on so many lives.

Academic Scholarship Program

The Purpose of the Carly Faye Foundation Scholarship is to provide a scholarship to a graduating senior from Catholic Central High School who intends to pursue a course of study at a university or college and demonstrate hard work and dedication to academia that was characteristic of Carly Delong.

Athletic Scholarship Program

The Purpose of the Carly Faye Athletic Scholarship is to provide a scholarship to a deserving high school graduating senior volleyball player that played with passion, a love for the game and her team, and worked hard on and off the court.

Girls Lifting Others embodies the spirit of Carly Faye DeLong, an oncology patient from January-September 2017, and her passion to help girls GLO no matter the challenges they are facing.

Want to join our mission in supporting young women pursue their athletic and academic goals or show of their fierce selves in our hospital glammer sessions?

2023 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2023 Carly Faye Foundation Athletic Scholarship Award Winner, Kensley Smith!

Kensley is a 2023 graduate from Kenton Ridge High School. During her time as a Cougar, Kensley was a four year varsity letter winner for both volleyball and girls swimming. During her senior volleyball season, Kensley was a captain for Kenton Ridge, helping to lead her team to a conference championship. She was also chosen as a member of the All Clark County Volleyball team.

During her time as a swimmer, Kensley was a four year district qualifier and a member of the Kenton Ridge State Team both her junior and senior seasons. She helped lead her team to back-to-back conference championships and is a member of the 400 freestyle relay that holds the school record.

Aside from Athletics, Kensley was a part of her schools National Honor Society, Student Council, Leo Club, and was vice President of Spanish Honor Society.

In the fall, Kensley plans to further her education at The Ohio State University, studying in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. After obtaining her Bachelors Degree, she plans to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy to become a Sports Physical Therapist.

Congratulations to our 2023 Carly Faye Foundation Academic Scholarship Award Winner, Emily DeWitt!

Emily is a graduate of Catholic Central High School, Springfield Ohio. She was a 4 year member of her high school soccer team and was a 3 year member of the women’s basketball team. She was a captain her senior year for both teams.

Throughout high school Emily was a member of National Honor Society, Peer Ministry, In His Image club, Key Club, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Building Buddies, was Vice President of her class, and was a service day leader. She is also a volunteer through the Carly Faye Foundation for the GLO program.

After high school, Emily plans on continuing her academic and soccer career at the University of Indianapolis. She plans on majoring in exercise science.

You Were Assigned This Mountain
To Show Others It Can Be MOVED.

Our Team


We’re dedicated to continuing the life of excellence,
determination, and fearlessness led by Carly.

Lisa DeLong


Robby DeLong


Lauren DeLong


Ashley McLeod



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