Kiersten's initials were K.I.D., so it's fitting that she's a St. Baldrick's "Honored KID".
On May 5, 2014, my wife and I received some of the worst news a parent can receive. When the doctors told us Kiersten had cancer and it was Stage 4, we were devastated. Not Kiersten though.
Ever since being born, Kiersten had always been a relentlessly positive person. She took the news of her cancer in stride and simply said "this isn't going to stop me".
Through Kiersten's strength, we all rallied and with our team of doctors, including Dr. Karen Wasilewski-Masker, a 2016 St. Baldrick's Shavee, fought the disease as hard as we all could.
Unfortunately, Kiersten had Small Cell Lung Cancer and SCLC has a 0% five year survival rate once the cancer reaches stage 4, so even with a hard fight, Kiersten had to give up her earthly body.
Before she passed, Kiersten asked us to do everything we could to help prevent other kids from having to go through what she went through. This is why I'm shaving my head to raise money for pediatric cancer research as well as socializing Kiersten's experience.
I don't want other parents joining the terrible club that my wife and I are now a part of.