Students of the Year Albany

Kaitlyn Hansen | Blessed to Fight

Kaitlyn's Students of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 20, 2022
My inspiration to do this campaign is my dad. When my mom was pregnant with me my dad was diagnosed with stage 3 Multiple Myeloma. He fought for 4 and a half years. During that time, he was in remission for 2 years, but sadly the cancer came back and there wasn't much we could do. On March 26, 2011, he passed away surrounded by family in his home. My dad always lit up the room. He always put others first and cared about his family and friends more than anything. He always felt so blessed for everything he had even through his battle. I am so blessed to call him my dad and so blessed to be able to help other families going through this.

Kaitlyn's Students of the Year Fundraiser

Nov 29, 2021

I have signed up to save lives with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and am working to raise as much as possible over the next 7 weeks. Every dollar raised counts as one vote for my campaign. The candidate(s) whose team tallies the most votes earns the prestigious title of Student or Students of the Year. Will you help me earn that title?
As you know, everyone wins when cancer loses. Thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund therapies and treatments that are saving lives. Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.
Many LLS-supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS-funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day.
We really are getting close to our goal of a world without blood cancers!
All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible. They'll not only support LLS research, but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.
Please visit my website often and tell friends who would also like to donate!
On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support! For more information about LLS, please visit



  • Christine Roser

    Love the Roser Family

  • Tracy DiPietro

    So proud of you Kaitlyn! Keep up the great work! Good luck !!

  • Donna Zurick

    Keep up the good work!

  • Sherry Hansen

    Good luck Kaitlyn. I am so proud of you.

  • Dana Coiro

    Kaitlyn, 'm donating In memory of your dad and in honor of my son Ben who had Hodgkins lymphoma.

  • Janice Prichett

    I'm sure you deserve to be a student of the year.

  • Moses Family

    We are proud of you Kaitlyn! Love, The Moses Family

  • Pamela Kidd

    Think of your family often, 💓

  • Lindsey Osterhout

    In memory of Susan Powers.

  • Megan Bowman

    Can’t wait to witness you change the world one day! We need more people like you. Love coach Bowman

  • Jason and Carrie Moore

    A beautiful tribute for Keith Hansen. Keith was my cousin and good friend. He was an amazing person that we named our 3rd child after.

  • Janelle Shults


  • Fran Sampson

    My heart! I grew up very near to your aunt and remember her words about your dad. What a brave man, you are a wonderful daughter. I am , so far, a 14 year MM warrior. God is good all the time.

  • Sherri boyle

    Kaitlyn your words were beautiful and your dad would be so proud!

  • Johanna & Dave Wellington

    Your Dad loved you and your sister and of course your Mom so much. He would be so proud!

  • Robyn Hart

    You got this cuz!

  • Zach Hart

    My Mom messed up……let’s try again… YOU GOT THIS CUZ!

  • Aunt Robyn

    Your Dad is smiling down on all of you! So proud of you Kaitlyn!

  • Jodi A Werner

    Kaitlyn, best wishes on your quest. So proud of you! Mrs. Werner (Math)

  • Jen Wilkinson

    With love for Kris and the girls

  • Mark Mulholland

    I'm rooting for you Kaitlyn! I wish I had the chance to meet your dad. I know he would be so proud! ---Mark

  • Doug, Sheri and Jill Wingate

    Kaitlyn, My mom was Donna Wingate and we met you, your sister, your mom and Dad at a stem cell picnic with Fred and Donna. There really are no words for how we felt when we saw your story on WNYT. We know your dad, Fred and my mom would be so proud of you! Doug, Sheri and Jill Wingate

  • Cathy Hooley

    Im sorry for your loss. I lost my husband to Multiple Myeloma. Good luck with your fundraiser.

  • Joyce Gillespie

    You Dad is smiling down from heaven. It’s wonderful that you are doing!

  • chris wickes

    I think what your doing is awesome Kaitlyn. I knew your dad very well dealing with case equipment which I have had the pleasure of purchasing several pieces from him.We used to joke around and basically tease each other as adults as I would tell him if you don't make it happen I'll have to buy a caterpiller (a competiters machine). He was always upbeat and happy and I'm glad I've had the chance to know know him. Chris Wickes

  • Rachel Handler

    Great work honoring your father and making a difference!

  • Dan Jacques

    As a Dad I know Keith would be so Proud of his Girls. They’re a very special Family!!!

  • William Prescott

    Wonderful effort you are putting into this very worthy cause!!

  • Katherine Evans

    Good luck Kaitlyn! I admire your efforts, and I’m sending a small donation In memory of my son Michael. I am a graduate of Niskayuna high school, currently living in western New York, where I was top fundraiser for team in training 25 years ago. Your father is looking down with so much love and pride. I applaud your efforts and hope you meet your goal !

  • Susan Fogarty

    What a beautiful tribute to your Dad.

  • Chrissy Msrtino

    Keith Hansen

  • Lisa and Brian Bucci

    So proud of you Kaitlyn for doing this for your dad! Much love to you, Sam and your mom. Brian, Lisa, Andrew and Chris Bucci

  • Megan Perrine

    Great thing you are doing!

  • Derek Abraham

    Kaitlyn, You are an inspiration to all that interact with you! So Proud of you!

  • Milham Family

    Great job!!

  • Charly Mallet

    Kaitlyn - I can only imagine how proud your dad would be of you for signing up to raise funds for LLS in his honor. You’re doing something so selfless and we are so lucky to have you as part of the LLS family & community. I wish you all the best in the rest of your fundraising!

  • Anonymous

    Good luck with your campaign!

  • Cirila Cothran Real Estate LLC

    Kaitlyn - great job on your fundraising efforts! I know everyone, including me, is so proud of you. Love from NC :)

  • The Clarke Family

    Happy to donate to your cause, thank you for helping make the world a better place!!

  • Stacey Nguyen from SOUTH CAROLINA

    Thank you for supporting a great cause!

  • Debbie Smith

    My daughter Shannon was diagnosed with Lymphoma when she was 24 years old. Her baby was just 14 months old. She had a great doctor and she is a fighter. She has been in remission for 12 years!

  • Naresse Middleton

    Best of luck!

  • Melissa Vess

    Way to go!

  • Kaitlyn Agan

    Good luck!

  • Anonymous

    My this small amount from Colorado help with your LLS campaign.

  • Colleen Roche

    I am a Cancer Survivor.

  • Craig Butts

    Awesome work Kaitlyn! I know your Dad is very proud of your accomplishments.

  • Chuck Miller

    Please do all you can for families everywhere in this fight.

  • Kenneth Costa

    Even though we never met, I can see that you are a remarkable young woman. Your Dad sees all the joy you bring to your family, friends and everyone you meet. He is proud of you and thankful you have such an amazing mother, friend and role model in your life. I wish you all the best! Ken Costa (SSU)

  • Daniel Farley

    Your dad is beaming with pride for you!

  • Jennifer Rogers

    You are an inspiration.

  • Laura and Rick Pedersen

    Your Dad was such an amazing person! I wish you the very best!!

  • Catina Bordone

    I’m grateful to be a small part of you honoring your father’s legacy, Kaitlyn. What an amazing thing you are doing!


    Kaitlyn, I am so proud of you and you effort in this endeavor. The entire world is better off with you in it. - Tony

  • Bryan Joseph Levy

    You are amazing Kaitlyn!

  • Todd,Jill, Ella & Hadley Juffs

    Your dad would be so proud of who you have become! Wishing you all the best to reach your goal. Todd, Jill, Ella & Hadley Juffs

  • Chris Hansen


  • Jennifer Gau

    Much love! You rock Kaitlyn!

  • Pete Jankowski

    Great job Kaitlyn…Cross Wisconsin off the list! Your dad is proud of you and your sister!

  • Kelly Doolan

    Kaitlyn-My husband and I went to college with your mom. I was very touched by the letter you wrote. I did not know your dad but he sounds like an amazing person. I am sure he would be so proud of you.

  • Erica Deguire

    You are growing into such a beautiful person!! Congrats on an amazing fundraiser. -Mrs Deguire

  • Melissa, Scot, Machai & Mady Victorin

    Keep up the good work Kaitlyn…we’re so proud of you!

  • Clarisse Banks

    So proud of you, KK!

  • The Sprissler Family

    Great Job!!

  • Jeannie Kasner

    Keep up the great work Kaitlyn!! Good luck!!

  • J.R. Bergan III

    What a beautiful way to honor your dad. Best of luck to you. J.R.

  • Jacquelyn H Coffey

    Kaitlyn - I too, lost my dad of cancer when I was 9 years old. I am happy to donate in your father's memory. Love, Jackie Coffey (Mom moms NJ neighbor).

  • Melissa Dunham

    In memory of Mr Hansen. Love, The Dunhams (Camdyn and Coach Dunham) Sorry Cammie couldn’t come.

  • Camilli girls

    Congratulations Kaitlyn on such a beautiful tribute to your dad!

  • Mary Beth Engelbride

    Kaitlyn, your dad would be so very proud of you! You are awesome!!

  • The Wilders Family

    The Wilders Family

  • Treen Family

    Kaitlyn, Very well done! Congrats and thank you for all your hard work. The Treen Family (Larry, Nicole, Cole, Elle)

  • Barbara McPhail

    Best wishes and warm thoughts to the Hensen family! Keith's love and memories live on within you all! Barb McPhail ❤

  • Rob Trauger

    Wishing you all the best as you work to reach your goal!

  • Stephanie Brown

    Sending so much love to you and your family. Your mom is clearly such a strong and beautiful woman. So very sorry about your beloved dad <3

  • Monroe Tractor

    Your father would be very proud of your efforts in obtaining donations for such a worthy cause. Good luck

  • Kourtney Fall

    Love, The Falls

  • Ricky Vincent

    Keep up the great work!

  • Stephanie (Agan) McNamara

    We are so proud of this effort in loving memory of your father. My brother from another mother. Good luck on your goal.

  • Shawn and Jennifer Agan

    The Agan's send their love. So proud of you!

  • Shabana Bargeer

    Hi KK, such a beautiful tribute to your dad and such a wonderful thing you are doing!


    Keep up your good work!

  • Anonymous

    Keith was an awesome man, husband and dad to his amazing wife and girls.

  • Kay Moore

    Your Dad would be so proud of you! Love you, The Moores

  • Renee Crisafulli

    Kaitlyn I am doing a Crossfit Kettlebell challenge during the month of February. This $50 represents the daily 50 kettle bell swings that i am doing.

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