Kier's Kidz is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps kids and young adults with cancer and their families. We help to underwrite pediatric cancer research. We work closely with Kier's Kidz at Rutgers and with our High. Please donate at www.kierskidz.com.
Happy Heavenly 37th Birthday to Kiersten, our daughter, cancer-warrior, and co-creator of Kier’s Kidz! We miss you dearly, and we will celebrate your birthday as you always liked with ice cream, music, laughs, and plenty of funny stories.
It would be great for you to know that with the love, hard work, and generosity of so many people, Kier’s Kidz, your legacy of love and hope for kids with cancer, has helped more kids, adolescents, young adults, and their families than we ever dreamed of long ago when we dreamed of helping together. Our donors have also made it possible for us to make considerable contributions to pediatric research programs. And through research, the survival rates for many types of pediatric cancers have increased tremendously in the last 15 years. We have an affiliate, Kier’s Kidz at Rutgers, with a dedicated group of Rutgers students doing all they can to help kids with cancer. Our College and High School Advisory groups are also flush with some wonderful young people who are partners in our work.
You did it, Kier. You brought so many great people together to support and to love the kids you wanted to see live beyond you.
We have so much more work to do. Between Covid and inflation, families have greater financial needs and fewer financial resources than ever before in the history of Kier’s Kidz. Our donors and our Board members have stepped up. Yet, we have so much more we want to do. And we will. If you could spend your last few years helping kids through cancer, while you fight your own war with it, we can help even more kids and more families.
The world seems chaotic these days, Kier. So many tough things are challenging people’s lives. But you truly are making a positive difference. Your story and your work have inspired so many people to step up and help. I thank them all from you and us.
And I ask everyone to join in the celebration of your birthday today, to have fun, to eat a little ice cream, to listen to some favorite music, and to show their love to someone today.
Happy 37th Birthday, Kier. Your life has been a gift to us.
Congratulations to the members of Kier’s Kidz at Rutgers who conducted a bone marrow donor drive during Rutgers Day. They worked hard to sign up 42 potential donors, donors who one day may save another person's life. The members of our Rutgers affiliate are up for any task. They meet with cancer health-care providers three times a semester in Zoom meetings. They work hard to keep their fellow Rutgers students involved in issues related to pediatric cancer. They developed a list of members who are ready and able to mentor children and adolescents who are struggling with their academic studies. They work with Kier’s Kidz on all of our projects. They have worked with Kier’s Kidz to author a paper on improving state comprehensive cancer care plans. And they are working to finish a chatbot app that will make obtaining refereed information on pediatric cancers easier. Our Kier’s Kidz at Rutgers students and our other college and high school advisors are passionate and compassionate individuals who work to help children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer.
We cannot thank each one of them enough.
Your support of Kier’s Kidz has helped many, many families of children and adolescents with cancer by providing them with gas and grocery gift cards. Between covid and inflation, too many families have to choose between being with and/or taking their children for treatment, food, gas, medical bills, and all the other bills we all have. You have also been helping some individual families that require additional financial support. Thank you so much for your support and your love for these people and for us.
We wish you good health, fun times, and much love.
Kier’s Kidz at Rutgers, our affiliate group of colleagues at Rutgers, New Brunswick, will be conducting a bone marrow donor project during Rutgers Day, Saturday, April 30th. Our colleagues will be set up close to The Honors College at Rutgers.
The project will allow people to donate a sample of their DNA to the DKMS (www.dkms.org), a major national and international bone marrow donor bank. A simple swab might put you in the position of donating your bone marrow sometime in the future to someone whose life you may save. Most DNA donations are simple and take only a few hours.
The entire world’s peoples really need more potential DNA donors, especially, after the past few years of Covid when the number of bone marrow donor projects has been severely curtailed. The process of getting your DNA is safe and quick. Fill in some forms and swab the inside of your mouth. Done.
We hope to see you at our booth. Stop by and say “hello” to our hard-working, compassionate, and cherished members. And donate if you can.
Today we commemorate the 14th anniversary of Kiersten’s death with tears of sadness and joy, love in our hearts, and a deep appreciation of the person Kier was.
Kier was a great bolt of lightning and a tremendous flash of thunder, a beautiful symphony of enchanting music, a tower of love, and a bastion of fairness, helpfulness, and compassion.
In celebrating Kier’s life today, we would like to announce our new beautiful website at www.kierskidz.com, created and coded by Pete Russitano, graphic artist, coder, and person extraordinaire. We hope that the website captures the joy and the love that Kier brought to helping the many, many kids she helped at CHOP, when she was a cancer patient there.
Our Kier’s Kidz Board, our Kier’s Kidz at Rutgers Colleagues, and our High School and College Advisors, continue Kier’s work of helping children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer, and their families now more than ever. Kier would be so thankful to each person who has helped continue her legacy of love and hope for young people with cancer. Mimi and I certainly are.
Remember Kier today by loving someone special to you, making joy in your life, listening to your favorite music, and eating your favorite food.
Thank you for sticking with us over the years. You have made a difference to us and to so many others.
Love you always, Kiersten. You’re still making a difference in this world.
Thanks to all who participated in our recent Fruit Fundraiser to support our Chaplain Sohaib Sultan Project that helps hospitals and other cancer centers make their treatment spaces warmer and more friendly.
With the leadership of Sarah and Usra Attalla, two of our Board members, all the date fruit packages sold out in less than two weeks.
Our special thanks to Mr. Mokhtar Kenioua, owner of Alya Foods of Princeton, NJ, who generously donated all the packages to Kier’s Kidz.
Our special thanks to Chaplain Khalil Abdullah and the Princeton Muslim Life Program for their generous purchase and donation.
Our special thanks to Imam Safwan Eid, Sajid Syed, and the Muslim Center of Greater Princeton for allowing us to use their space to sell many of the dates.
This fundraiser would not have been possible without the hard work, creativity, and dedication of Sarah and Usra. We thank them also from the bottom of our hearts.
We thank the many people who bought the dates. I hope you found them as delicious as I did.