BENEFITING: KORTNEY ROSE FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: KORTNEY ROSE FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
Kortney Rose Gillette was a 9-year old girl with an unparalleled zest for life. She loved playing with friends and animals (stuffed or real) and enjoyed school at Wolf Hill Elementary in Oceanport, NJ where she was in third grade. Kortney loved basketball and played soccer, but her biggest thrills were at amusement parks and water slides. She was a daredevil with little fear and a spitfire who knew how to get her way. Her smile and laugh would brighten any room she entered or place she visited. She loved to play on her swing set and was always on the move to her next play date.
Kortney was the picture of health at her ninth birthday party in November 2005. In the second week of December, her mom, Kristen, recalls she would take a break from playing and lay down on the couch saying her head hurt. After about 10 minutes she would go back and play like nothing was ever wrong. This happened two or three times. A couple of days later she was outside playing in the snow and she looked up at Kristen who noticed that her left eye was crossed, turned inward. A few short weeks later after multiple visits to specialists, Kortney and her parents were told she had an inoperable tumor in her brainstem. Kortney was given two years to live but only made it four months. Kortney Rose spread her little angel wings and passed away on April 27, 2006.
Kortney’s parents, Rich and Kristen Gillette, established KRF to create a legacy for Kortney by helping other children with brain tumors through the promise of research. Brain tumors are the #1 solid tumor cancer-related cause of death in children 20 and under. In the past five years, KRF has donated over a half million dollars to the pediatric brain tumor research program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The donations are earmarked for CHOP’s large scale Genomics Project to hunt genes behind brain tumors and use the gene knowledge to guide therapy, and to devise new tests and treatments. Funding from KRF is also being used in the Childhood Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium at CHOP and has been instrumental in a finding for Medulloblastoma tumors in a collaborative study with Johns Hopkins Hospital.
We hope that you will consider donating to The Kortney Rose Foundation and its mission to raise money for pediatric brain cancer research and awareness. You may do so by clicking on this link: http://www.crowdrise.com/erikandsaraosbergor on the link below that says “donate to my fundraiser”.