Khit is a first generation Palestinian female immigrant born and raised in Northern California. At the age of 16, she was emancipated by the Sacramento Courts as she avoided an arranged marriage to her first cousin. Khit has been on her own ever since with no relationship with her family or relatives since 1998.
Working multiple jobs at a time to provide for herself, she has been trying to complete her first Bachelor’s degree since she graduated high school in 1999. Challenges such as fighting cancer on her own, living with mental health issues such as PTSD and anxiety, surviving through abusive relationships, has made it very difficult in completing a college education as a non-traditional student.
After surviving cancer in 2007, Khit moved to Chicago where she then learned more about how to get involved with not-for-profit organizations. For the past 6 years, she has been volunteering and working at Chicago based organizations including cancer support as a mentor. Khit has gained an overwhelming amount of experience and skills thanks to non-profit professionals in her life that have become some of her most trusted mentors today. Her passion in philanthropy and making an impact for women like her, became the impetus in starting her own charity, Blessons Scholarships for Women (Blessons, NFP). With more than 200 speaking engagements under her belt, she has learned how to cultivate relationships within the Chicago community and individually fundraising over $100,000 by hosting events, participating in various endurance sports and races in support of making a difference in the community.
As she continues to face and overcome her own challenging life lessons, including obstacles in finishing her last few semesters of college, Khit hopes to empower other women who have suffered from life lessons such as cancer, mental illness, emotional or physical abuse (including sex trafficking), or who are first generation female immigrants, view the blessings from challenging life lessons. Khit believes by giving women just like her, a second chance in completing their higher education, whether it's at a college, university, trade school or tech/vocational program, we can help change many lives by empowering women through education.
HYATT RECENTLY HOSTED A PORTRAITS OF UNDERSTANDING EVENT AT HYATT REGENCY CHICAGO, WHERE A GROUP OF FEMALE CANCER PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS, NOMINATED FOR THEIR INSPIRING JOURNEY WITH CANCER, CAME TOGETHER FOR A PHOTO SESSION WITH FELLOW SURVIVOR AND INTERNATIONALLY-RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER SANDRO. THIS EXPERIENCE GAVE PARTICIPANTS A CHANCE TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL, CONNECTED, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, UNDERSTOOD. SEE HOW THIS GROUP OF PATIENTS AND SURVIVORS CAME TOGETHER FOR THIS INSPIRING EXPERIENCE.
ABBOTT Ambassador 2016-2017
"When running is so essential to not only my well-being but to all of us who run, it’s great to be part of creating an installation like this celebrating good health and running.
Taking over the corner of the Chicago and State red line station, I’m a part of Abbott celebrating all those toeing the line this Sunday at the Abbott World Marathon Majors Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Six Star Finisher
Khit has fundraised over $100k for charity over the years while completing more than 100 races including all 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors; Chicago, NYC, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo & London.
Blessons, NFP was established in July 2016 and launched to the public in August 2016.