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The Gittens Girl's Journey of Hope is trying to raise funds for Kristin's medical costs & for her daughter Jacinda.

"The journey of a 1000 miles begins with one single step" Lao-tzu, Chinese Philosopher

The quote above, when carefully contemplated has meaning to us all, we all have goals that seem unachievable or mountains that seem insurmountable…but when Kristin (Kearns) Gittens, 42 years young suffered a massive stroke on August 26, 2011, it became more than just a wise saying by a revered Chinese philosopher but words to live by for Kristin and her family.

By the Grace of God, Kristin is still alive but at this stage of the journey, the full extent of her brain damage is still unknown, she is paralyzed on her right side, has some comprehension but very little verbal skills. It is likely that she will need care for the rest of her life. Her 10 year old daughter Jacinda is praying for a miracle for her mommy and they both need our support.

CURRENT UPDATE AS OF 10/24/11:
Kristin, according to her doctors, is a walking miracle. We were told she may never walk again and that her verbal skills would be limited...however she is walking...she no longer needs a walker and has said goodbye to her cane. There are still some stability issues, but God is GOOD. However, she does have aphasia and she is struggling with that..she is improving daily but she still needs our love and support as her journey has only just begun.

To give you a little background, Kristin is a Stoneham, MA native and Danvers, MA resident. She is a single mother, not by choice but by circumstance; her husband Robert passed away suddenly on January 5, 2001. Prior to losing her husband she lost her mother to brain cancer and her father to a heart attack. At the time of her husband’s death, Kristin was 26 weeks pregnant with twins. 17 days later, at just over 28 weeks along she gave birth to Jillian and Jacinda; sadly not too long after, Jillian only 17 days old joined her father in heaven. Tragedy was an understatement in Kristin’s life…but her small miracle and ray of sunshine was Jacinda and that’s where their journey of hope began. For the past 10 years, Kristin and Jacinda have had each other to live, love and laugh with…they are the best of friends…two peas in a pod. Although her past contained despair, anyone who knows Kristin knows she is full of life, to know her is to love her. Her smile and laughter are infectious! Though life has not always been easy and Kristin is clearly no stranger to adversity, she is a fighter and any obstacle or battle that both Kristin and Jacinda have had to face; they have done so together, bravely and courageously by taking one step at a time.

Unfortunately, this mountain is much higher and the journey much longer than the two of them alone can bear; that is why The Gittens Girl’s Journey of Hope fundraiser has been established.

We can't express enough that your contribution, no matter how large or small would be a true blessing and greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely

Friends & Family of Kristin & Jacinda (aka…the Gittens Girls)
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