My Fundraising Page

My Fundraising Page
Jul 05, 2012


Welcome to my Light The Night Walk homepage.

The Norden family changed forever on a March day in 2002. The word leukemia was spoken and the diagnosis was on our mother, Bette. You see Bette was sick for about a month before her diagnosis. It was a struggle to find out what was really going on with our mom. She was pushed aside with a wrong diagnosis of Hepatitis. After our mom went to get a second opinion at Mayo clinic they finally gave us answers.

Immediately after we got the diagnosis Mayo worked immediately on a treatment plan and our mother’s new home would be a hotel and then she moved in to the Hope Lodge in Rochester MN since it was over 2 hours from home. She would start radiation and chemo right away in March. Also in March my mom celebrated her 46th birthday. On her birthday we shared wonderful get well cards and pictures! Even through the terrible treatment and feeling icky she remained JOYFUL. Joyful in every aspect of life even facing the hardest challenge of her life. We love your smile and we miss your contagious laugh!

The treatment seemed to be going very well! My mom’s sisters were all checked to see if they were bone marrow matches and sadly none of them were but the treatment plan still kept pushing along.

Our mother finished some treatments and was able to come home in May of 2002. She did go back for another treatment a few weeks later. In September she was home again and she even had a letter stating she was cancer free!!

Leukemia is ugly in fact just the word sends shivers down my spine as I want to kick it in the face! A couple weeks later it showed its ugly face again. My mother was back in Rochester where they determined a new course of action. She started a more intense chemo plan.

October 18th brought a tough day as my mom was struggling with pain and having a hard time breathing. She was transferred to intensive care. A roller coaster ride was about to begin for us for about 2 weeks. October 29th, we were all at the hospital to say our goodbye’s. The decision was made to stop treatment as things went from bad to worse. :( My mom held on through the night and went home to Jesus the morning of October 30th, 2002. CANCER SUCKS! This October she will have been gone 10 years. WE MISS YOU MOM, we walk for you and so others do not have to suffer the pain we suffered.

For those of you who would rather mail a check, write the check out to Leukemia & Lymphoma society and please write Kelly Norden in the memo line and mail the check to--

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

8441 Wayzata Blvd. Suite 340

Golden Valley, MN 55426

Please make a donation to support my participation in the Light The Night Walk and help save lives. Be sure to check my Web site frequently to see my progress, and thanks for your support!


Supporter Comments

    "Your Mom had the brightest smile and the most contagious laugh. She was a special lady. She is truly missed. Shari "

    Shari Carufel

    Thu May 03 02:37:12 EDT 2012

    "Kelly, I bet your mom would be very proud of the incredible woman you have grown to be! Kathy"

    Kathy Sjursen

    Fri Jun 01 03:21:48 EDT 2012

    "Selah had a great lemonade stand for a great cause. She is hoping to participate in Light the Night next year! :) Selah- "I know my Nana Bette had to fight leukemia." I hope no one else has to fight. I can't wait to meet my Nana Bette in heaven one day! MISS YOU MOM!!! "

    Selah Flanigan

    Sun Jul 08 10:50:45 EDT 2012

    "How wonderful of you to do this! I wish I could have met your Mom. Nancy...Mom of the other Kelly Norden."

    Nancy Duncan

    Sat Jun 16 07:49:31 EDT 2012

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $4,454.87 | Goal: $500.00
891 %

My Team

Team Total: $6,177.00 | Goal: $6,000.00

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In Honor of

My Mom Bette Norden

My Thanks To

Parker Klein $155.00
Val & Chris Aune $140.00
Selah Flanigan $140.00
Coin drive @KBH $120.00
Diane Reynolds $115.00
Shung Y Loh $100.00
Pet Evolution $100.00
Melissa Olsen $100.00
Jess Hauser $100.00
Dean Norden $100.00
Nancy Duncan $100.00
Kelly Norden $100.00
Kathy Sjursen $100.00
Kelly Norden $100.00
Kirk Nelson $80.00
Jana Cinnamon $55.00
Shannon Thorsell $50.00
Ila & Nitesh Gupta $50.00
Julie Van Buskirk $50.00
Kyle Geurkink $50.00
Naoko Sands $50.00
Kathy Geis $50.00
Elijah Ruedinger $50.00
Elizabeth Lockridge $50.00
Kevin or Priscilla Wieken $50.00
Bruce & Jo Moll Family $50.00
St Croix Tree Service Inc... $50.00
Amy Wood $50.00
Hudson Ford $50.00
Zoe Dickson $50.00
Wei, Ming & Attie Ouyang $50.00
Kinderberry Hill $50.00
River Valley Ford, Inc $50.00
The Quinn Family $50.00
Lindus Construction $50.00
Chad Moe $50.00
Skydive Twin Cities $50.00
Sarah Yatchak $50.00
Joshua Godwin $50.00
Rosemary Husby $50.00
Val, Chris, Addison & Ber... $50.00
Melanie Robelia $50.00
Darlene Kassube $50.00
Joanne Selchert $50.00
The Chopra Family $50.00
Lindsay Strickland $50.00
Parker Klein $50.00
Shari Carufel $50.00
Kristine Bennett $50.00
Tamra Colbeth $47.00
Annette Stauffer $40.00
Christal Stowell $30.00
Jack Rasmussen $30.00
Trudy Achterhof $30.00
Kathleen Nordeen $30.00
Sydney and Quinn Fisk $30.00
Lydia's family $30.00
Julie Knudtson $25.00
Lindsay Adair $25.00
Darlene Kassube $25.00
Darlene Kassube $25.00
Dianna Nash $25.00
Black Hawk Garage Door, C... $25.00
Lucille Doornink $25.00
Juliann Burg $25.00
Kelly Norden $25.00
Jane Thompson $25.00
Ronald Tanghe $25.00
Corinne Adams $25.00
Sharon Boettcher $25.00
Donna Medin $25.00
Dianne Sachs $25.00
Nancy Hirt $25.00
Sarah Yatchak $20.00
April Flanigan $20.00
Elizabeth Manteuffel $20.00
Karen Telle $20.00
Amy and Justin Lee $20.00
Bonnie Van Someren $20.00
Rose Riesgraf $20.00
Verla Gunderson $20.00
Larry Brenner $20.00
Steven Groters $20.00
Yvonne Bolle $20.00
Greg Jacobson $20.00
Emily Midthun $15.00
Abbie Abboud $10.00
Margarita Dimas