Student Visionaries of the Year Albany

Kaitlyn Hansen | Blessed to Fight

Kaitlyn's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 18, 2024
August 24th, 2006, my dad was diagnosed with stage 3 Multiple Myeloma, my mom was pregnant with me. For 4 and ½ years my dad fought for his life. During that time he was in remission for 2 years before the cancer came back. Unfortunately this time it was terminal. March 26, 2011, my dad took his last breath surrounded by family. He was only 39 years old, and I was only 4 years old. Though at the time I couldn’t completely grasp the situation, I knew deep down I would never see my dad again. If you asked anyone who knew my dad what he was like, I promise you they all would tell you he was funny, sarcastic, nice, a good friend, and just an amazing person to know. My dad, also known as Keith Hansen, has always been my inspiration, my idol, and my hero. Cancer took him away from me and my family way too soon. I only got to know my dad when he was sick but yet he was still the best dad I could ever imagine. Growing up I watched as my friends went up to their dads after sports games, big events, or just after school and wondered, why did my dad die? I remember watching videos of soldiers coming home to their families and praying that one day my dad would walk through my front door and everything would be okay again. I knew this wouldn’t happen but the hope helped me cope. One of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with is that I have very little memory of him that isn’t through stories. The two memories I have are, one on New Year's Eve. My dad was in the hospital and after my family and I celebrated I told my mom we couldn’t clean up the confetti until dad was home so he could celebrate too. When he came home, we gave him the confetti packet we had saved and he opened it to celebrate with us. The other memory I have of him was at his funeral. I remember going up to his casket and touching his nose. All I remember is asking my mom “why is he so cold?” That was the last time I saw my dad. Growing up knowing one of your parents will never hug you again, tell you they're proud of you, or even see you in person is something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Cancer doesn’t care how old you are, it doesn’t care if you have a family, and it doesn’t care if you’re an amazing person. We need to fight cancer and stop it from dulling the light in this world.

Kaitlyn's Student Visionaries of the Year Fundraiser

Aug 18, 2023

Visionaries look to the future—and see infinite possibility.
They challenge the status quo—and make the impossible possible.
They boldly imagine a better world – and lead the charge to create it.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was built on that same vision - of a better world - one without blood cancers.


I am a visionary; I have a vision for a world without cancer, but I need your help.


This year, I’m proud to be a part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Visionaries of the Year Campaign, working to raise as much as possible for LLS’s mission.


As a global leader in the fight against blood cancer, LLS:

  • Funds cutting-edge research leading to breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine that are improving and saving the lives of patients
  • Provides free education and support for blood cancer patients and families, including personalized, one-on-one support, assistance with identifying and enrolling in clinical trials, and more.
  • Mobilizes thousands of advocates to drive policy changes that accelerate the development of new cancer treatments and break down barriers to care.

Please consider joining this fight by making a donation. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible. Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!


Thanks to your support, my efforts will help ensure this generation is the last to see cancer.

On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you!


For more information about LLS, please visit




  • Chris Hansen

    Incredibly proud of your efforts.

  • Charly Mallet Ozores

    You’re a rockstar for taking on the challenge again, Kaitlyn!!

  • Erin and Tom Huerter

    Your dad would be so proud of you and I’m in awe of your strength.

  • Brooke

    Best of luck! Keep up with the networking!

  • Shawn Agan

    Your dad would be so proud. Way to make a difference!

  • Anonymous

    Good luck, you’re doing something important

  • Autumn Krause

    Thank you for raising awareness. My family has lost many family members to cancer. Autumn K.

  • Coach Gary

    Definitely support your efforts, keep it up!

  • Leamy Family

    Keep up the great work Kaitlyn !!

  • Barbara Hart

    You’re an Amazing young women and making a real difference for this cause! So proud of your past accomplishments with LLS and know you giving your all again to this year’s campaign. Best of luck KK. Love Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop❤️

  • Glenn Gibson

    Thank you K Dawg for your efforts. You are a true hero.

  • Jessica Velazq

    Your dedication to this fundraiser is inspiring! Keep pushing forward with your efforts, knowing that every action you take brings you closer to your goal. Your passion and commitment are making a difference!

  • Anonymous

    Good luck, Kaitlyn!!!

  • Donald Dudley

    Good Luck!

  • Tedd Kochman

    Happy to support this great fundraiser!!!!!

  • Robyn Hart

    So proud of you Kait! You are an incredible young lady!!

  • George Melita

    A double, double nickel...

  • Kevin and Laurie Dunlop

    In memory of BK from Laurie and Kevin. Happy Birthday Chris

  • Jason and Carrie Moore

    Way to go Kaitlyn!

  • Tracy Dipietro

    You are a superstar Kaitlyn! All your hard work for LLS is helping make a difference for so many people. Your dad’s love is shining down on you everyday ❤️ Be very proud of yourself🥰 Aunt Tracy & Uncle Lou

  • Arielle Trott

    Proud of you Kaitlyn!

  • Mary Pat Fontana

    Kaitlyn, This is a great appeal. We're happy to donate. We're Kailey Weber's grandparents in Chicagoland area. Good luck in meeting your goal and remembering your dad as you help others in his name.

  • Justin Staie

    Amazing cause! Keep up the great work you're doing!

  • Alan Model

    Great cause

  • John and Kristine milham

    Your doing an amazing job Kaitlyn!

  • Justine Henderson

    Wishing you all the best from Alabama

  • J.R. Bergan

    Way to go Kaitlyn...this is amazing stuff you're doing. Happy to help you and LLS research.

  • Todd and Kim Henzel

    Way to go Kaitlyn.

  • Scott Pryor

    Thank you for what you are doing!!!!

  • Harv

    Miss you bud!!!!!

  • Robyn Hart

    Your friends from NJ, MA, PA, and MD

  • Your friends from NJ, MA, PA, and MD

    Your friends from NJ, MA, PA, and MD

  • Adriane Wilders

    Good Luck!

  • Julia Ryan

    Kaitlyn, I am so proud of you and your unwavering dedication in every aspect of life. You got this!!!

  • Steven and Lisa Hanks

    In honor of the late Keith Hansen and his daughter Kaitlyn

  • christina martino

    So proud of Kaitlyn. Her Dad would be so proud

  • Kristen Clancy

    Cancer has taken so many from their loved ones. Your desire to help in honor of your dad is admirable Kait! Keep doing the hard things. ??

  • Tracy Soroka

    Prayers for a cure.

  • Jeane’s Jewels

    Thank you to all who support someone who needs help from LLS.

  • Mark Mulholland

    Way to go, Kaitlyn!

  • Angie Boisvert

    You are a wonderful young lady Kaitlyn.Dont ever let this world dull your spirit!

  • Christine Blackman

    Thank you for your work on this fundraiser.

  • Victoria Hitchcock

    Kaitlyn’s efforts to raise money in memory of her Dad inspired me to donate tonight.

  • Melissa and Eric Dunham

    Your dad is so proud of you! You have so much success to come in life, keep working hard!!! Melissa Dunham

  • Deanna Spendiff

    I had the opportunity to meet your dad. He was a lovely person and he thought the world of you girls. Your pictures and art work always on proud display in his hospital room. Good luck on your fundraising efforts. I’m sure he is proudly looking down on you.

  • Johanna Wellington

    Your Dad loved you girls so much, I remember how much his face would light up when he talked about you. He would be so proud.

  • Renee Barlow

    Thank you so much for doing this. It means more than you know two people who have been touched by multiple myeloma.

  • Danielle DiPietro

    So proud of you KK! Your efforts will help so many people ❤️

  • Kristin and Sam Hansen

    KK, we are so proud of everything you have done and we know daddy is shining down on you with so much love and pride. Keep changing the world baby girl. Love you more, Sam and mom

  • Terrance Florence


  • Janelle Shults

    Keep up the great work!

  • The Marshall Family

    Kaitlyn, thank you for the work you put into helping others with this disease. It's amazing when someone who experiences such deep loss at a tender age turns it into hope for others. Congratulations! We love you!

  • Vonnie McAuliffe

    Appreciate all your hard work Kaitlyn ❤️

Contact us by email or call 888.LLS.7177.