Since launching Kelsey’s Promise on the first anniversary of Kelsey’s passing, July 8, 2018, our foundation has achieved great success, raising $200,000 in just three years!
The tremendous support we received enabled Albany Med to add a pediatric brain tumor support specialist to the Melodies Center staff. Kelsey’s Promise is now expanding its role to support pediatric brain tumor patients and families by also providing funding for comfort bags that will include gift cards and pediatric brain tumor education and resources.
Kelsey Rebecca Kittleson was an exceptional girl who made us so very proud. Before her diagnosis, she was a high honors student, an athlete, the lead in her school musicals, a musician playing piano and cello, and a gifted soprano singer who was invited to sing in the St. John’s Collegium Choir. She was funny, goofy, and loved 80’s movies, The Big Bang Theory, and classic bands like Journey and Queen. What impressed us most was her desire, starting at a young age, to find ways to make a difference for others.
As she started to come into her own, she would find causes that needed her help and then developed her own plan to make a difference. For her 13th birthday, she created a donation drive for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society that filled an entire SUV full of items. In her 8th grade year she sketched out a tutoring concept for fellow middle school students, met with her principal for approval, recruited friends to help, and got her plan up and running.