Faith, Hope, and LOVE: That is what this photo will always mean to us.
On October 7th, 2012, we walked in our very first Purple Stride. Our mom, Jan Kittelson, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February of that year. Our mom was an amazing woman, who had previously beaten leukemia and many other health related problems. She never let her health stop her from being the most positive, generous, kind person you would ever meet. Everyone who knew her, knew that Jan would be the first person to volunteer to help out a friend, or donate to your cause, or brighten your day. That is why, on October 7th 2012, we had a team of over 80 people walking with our mom, and countless others donating to the cause. Our team, “Faith, Hope & Love” raised over $7000 for pancreatic cancer research. We felt so much love and support that day with all those faces and that sea of purple behind us. We were so proud of our mom, because really, it was a testament to who she was and how she lived her life. And live she did. Pancreatic cancer may have ended her life in February of 2013, but she lived each and every day with the same amazing courage, incredible generosity and unending selflessness that defined who she was. She lives on now in the hearts of all who knew her. Even though we miss her terribly, we try to live each of our days with the same Faith, Hope and Love that our mom taught us. We teach our children about their “Bama’s” life through acts of kindness and service. Purple Stride will always bring up those feelings of that day back in October of 2012: incredible pride for our mother’s amazing life, gratefulness for a community that rallied around her to show their support, and HOPE, always hope, for the future.
Karen Hughart, Matt Kittelson, and the ENTIRE Faith, Hope & Love Team
Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers, at just 9%. This deadly disease has stolen our best and our brightest, but it can’t take away our determination.
Our team has stepped up to Wage Hope at PurpleStride, the walk to end pancreatic cancer.Will you help us rewrite the future of this disease by making a donation today?
Every dollar that you donate ensures that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network can continue working to create better outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. By donating to our team, you are supporting vital efforts to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.
Purple ribbons aren’t enough. Please join us in the fight today.