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Kier’s Kidz is Kiersten’s legacy of love and hope for young adults and children with cancer.

Kiersten Hickman-Perfetti lost her life at age 22 to alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer. While fighting her own cancer for three-and-a-half years, Kier helped younger children and adolescents who were being treated for cancer in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as much as she could. Kier would spend time talking to, playing with and encouraging younger children and adolescents.

Helping these children became a major focus of the last years of Kier’s life. A year before she died, Kier came up with the idea of Kier’s Kidz and set into motion with the help of her parents the development of this NJ nonprofit.

Kier’s Kidz then is the legacy of love and hope that Kier left for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer, a legacy that she asked all of us to carry on for her after she died.

For several years after Kier died, Kier’s Kidz raised money for other nonprofits that helped children with cancer. In 2012 Kier’s Kidz became a 501(c)(3) federal-designated NJ nonprofit, and since then we have been able to directly fund children, adolescents and young adults and their families.

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Our Mission: Patient and Family Support. Funding Research. Community Engagement.

Since 2012 our primary missions have been to help children, adolescents and young adults with cancer, to fund cancer treatment and research, and to engage college, high school and younger students in philanthropic activities and in otherwise not available educational activities.

We help by offering financial support for living expenses in cases of verified need. Typically, we help pay expenses up to $500. We can also identify other national and NJ nonprofits and other resources that may be supportive.

We Fund Pediatric Cancer Research

We partner with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and the Childhood Cancer Therapy Development Institute (CCTDI) to find more effective treatments and cures for rare pediatric cancers like rhabdomyosarcoma, the cancer that took Kiersten’s life.  We also help with aspects of that research under the supervision of Dr. Charles Keller, the founder and chair of CCTDI.​

Kier’s Kidz continues to help children, adolescent and young adults with cancer by raising money through its end-of-the-year donor campaign and through a myriad of other events and activities.

If you would like to help us with our events, or you have an idea for an event, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Our Partner Organizations

A Diverse Leadership Team Dedicated to Advancing Kiersten’s Vision

OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES

LAWRENCE J. PERFETTI, ED.D.
President
Psychologist (retired)
Highland Park, NJ

​JOANE PATRICK
Vice-President
Homemaker and Personal Chef
Mendham, NJ

GARY CHARYDCZAK
​Treasurer
Computer Forensic Analyst
Piscataway, NJ

MIMI HICKMAN-PERFETTI
Secretary  ​
Social Worker (retired)
Highland Park, NJ

AUSTIN BYRNE
Pharmaceuticals (retired)
​Winston-Salem, N.C.

SARAH ATTALLA
Graphic Design
​South River, NJ

USRA ATTALLA
Graphic Design
​South River, NJ

DAVID GARBER, BS
Pharmacist (retired)
Somerset, NJ

CAROLINE E. KRATKA
Northwestern Medical School
Chicago, IL
(Emeritus)

​BARBARA MENZEL,​ PSY.D.
Lic. NJ Psychologist (retired)
Somerset, NJ

OWEN PATRICK
Williams College
Williams, MA

GINA PERFETTI
Philanthropist
Durham, NC

MAHASWETA RATH
Sr. Director, Strategic Sourcing
​Montgomery, NJ

AISHWARYA SUBASH
Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences
Honors College, Class of 2022
New Brunswick, NJ

TED SCHAFFER
Senior Sales Manager
Highland Park, NJ

RAZA ZIA, D.O.
Physician
Princeton Junction, NJ

ANNE ZOU
​Rutgers School of Environmental & Biological Sciences
Honors College, Class of 2022
New Brunswick, NJ

Kier's Kidz at Rutgers

KIER’S KIDZ AT RUTGERS

TASEEN ALAM
Rutgers University School of Arts & Sciences
Honors College Class of 2021​
New Brunswick, NJ

DEVIN A. BUSONO
Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Honors College Class of 2022
New Brunswick

FIONA DOYLE
Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Honors College, Class of 2022
New Brunswick, NJ

​ANJALI PATEL
Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Honors College Class of 2023
New Brunswick, NJ

RUSHABH MEHTA
​Rutgers University School of Arts & Sciences
Honors College Class of 2021
New Brunswick, NJ

​AISHWARYA SUBASH
Rutgers University School of Engineering
Honors College Class of 2022
New Brunswick, NJ

ROSHNI VEMIREDDY
Rutgers University School of Arts & Sciences
Honors Program Class of 2024
New Brunswick, NJ

MIRIAM WAGHALTER
​Rutgers U. School of Arts & Sciences
Honors College Class of 2021
New Brunswick

​YINING WANG
Rutgers School of Environmental & Biological Sciences
George H. Cook Scholars Program, Class of 2022
New Brunswick, NJ

​ALBERT ZOU
Rutgers School of Environmental & Biological Sciences
Honors College Class of 2025
New Brunswick

ANNE ZOU
Rutgers School of Environmental & Biological Sciences
Honors College Class of 2022
New Brunswick

COLLEGE & HIGH SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD

MISHA PANDA
University of Virginia
​Charlottesville, VA

OWEN PATRICK
Williams College
Williamstown, MA

ANEESHA PANIGRAHI
Montgomery High School
Skillman, NJ

AANYA SHAH
The Hun School
Princeton, NJ