Youngstown natives win luxury trip for two in Things Remembered sweepstakes
Nation’s premiere engraving and personalization company awards a trip to the Cayman Islands to local serviceman
YOUNGSTOWN, OH — Chelsea Musselman cherishes the engraved bracelet her husband, Randy, sent her from his deployment in Afghanistan.
In a roundabout way, that bracelet would bring the Musselmans their greatest wish – a dream honeymoon for two to the Cayman Islands – just in time for the holidays.
Chelsea and Randy, who were never able to go away together as newlyweds because of Randy’s deployment and Chelsea’s bout with cervical cancer, are the grand prize winners in Things Remembered’s Ballsiest Man of the Year contest.
The online contest asked women to nominate the men in their lives who go above and beyond for their family and community. The contest also promoted awareness and fundraising for the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation.
Chelsea, who “liked” the Things Remembered Facebook page after Randy sent her that beloved bracelet, saw the contest in her news feed and knew she had to enter Randy, who is an E-4 in the U.S. Army and is stationed in Colorado Springs.
“Randy sacrifices a lot,” Chelsea said “He’s so humble about it, too. He is always there for me, no matter what. He knew how much I was hurting while he was away and he sent me this bracelet and that’s just the tip of the iceberg in what he does and is willing to do for me and our family.”
Chelsea describes Randy as “a real softie.”
“He is in the military and all those guys try to act so hard and tough, they try to hide their soft side. Randy is just such a wonderful husband and father and he just deserves this trip so much,” she said. “He really is the ‘ballsiest’ man I know. He’s tough and does what he needs to do, but he’s so sweet and soft at the same time.”
Chelsea’s entry was selected as one of five finalists in the contest. It was up to Things Remembered’s Facebook community to vote on their favorite. The couple earned twice as many “likes” as any of the other finalists, said Amy Myers, vice president of Creative Services at Things Remembered.
“Their story is so inspirational and so touching and it really resonated with our online community,” Myers said. “We are so happy for Chelsea and Randy and we can’t wait to hear about their dream trip to the Cayman Islands.”
Chelsea and Randy, who are stationed in Colorado Springs but both raised in the Youngstown, Ohio area, are already planning for their vacation of a lifetime.
“When I got the email that we had won, I just screamed,” Chelsea said. “This will be my first time to an ocean. It’s perfect because I get to experience this with Randy and this is our honeymoon! I’m so excited to put my feet in the sand and be in the water. Randy just keeps saying that he wants to lay on the beach and worry about nothing.”
The Musselmans’ 7-day Cayman Island vacation was provided by Corinthian Media to the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation and awarded by Things Remembered.
About Things Remembered
Things Remembered, based in Highland Heights, Ohio, is the nation’s leading chain of personalized gift stores, with more than 600 stores in 48 states. To find a Things Remembered store near you, go to www.thingsremembered.com/storelocator.
About the Foundation
The Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness, providing answers, and promoting action in the fight against TC. The foundation was formed in 2003 in memory of Sean Kimerling, the Emmy Award winning PIX11 sportscaster and pre-game announcer for the NY Mets. Sean died at the age of 37 from TC.