On her way to one of her many treatments for rhabdomyosarcoma in 2006, Kiersten Hickman-Perfetti talked to her mom about a new idea she had. For such a young person, Kier faced her tenuous future with true courage and deep compassion for others. In her own words (video), Kier’s vision included directly helping kids with cancer and their families. She also recognized the need to finance more pediatric cancer research.
It didn’t take long for Kier’s idea to become her and her family’s mission. Kier and her parents created Kier’s Kidz, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, as Kier’s legacy of hope and love for kids and young adults fighting pediatric cancers.
Sadly, Kier lost her battle with cancer, but her spirit lives on through Kier’s Kidz. She would be proud of the generosity of our donors and supporters, and the love, commitment and hard work of the volunteers who make up the Kier’s Kidz Board and Advisory groups.
Our Kier’s Kidz at Rutgers affiliate members, and our groundbreaking High School Advisory Group are made up of young people inspired to help kids and young adults with cancer. Through their experiences with Kier’s Kidz, many want to pursue further education in health-care fields. Several of our past Kier’s Kidz at Rutgers members have entered medical school, many with the goal of becoming pediatric cancer researchers and clinicians.
With crucial help from our donors, supporters and members, Kier’s Kidz has new momentum and motivation. Kier’s Kidz goal is to eliminate childhood cancer, and with your help, we can do it!